Submissions Policies and Guidelines

Please take the time to read through our submissions policies, guidelines and process. Our open calls appear below.

What we publish:

Our primary interest is in crime (mystery/thriller/suspense), sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA; however, we love genre blends and champion works that infuse the best elements of genre. Whether you weave romance in with your mystery or have a sleuth who’s a ghost, we’re interested.

At select times throughout the year we accept simultaneous submissions from authors without representation; if you accept representation or accept a publishing contract elsewhere please do us the courtesy of emailing to withdraw your submission.

The best way to find out when an open submission window is coming is to sign up for our newsletter.

We will consider up to two manuscript submissions per author at a time; please feel free to indicate in your query letter that you have additional completed projects. Please do note that it can be a risk to submit two manuscripts simultaneously. In the event there are technical writing issues that lead to a rejection you may not have the opportunity to revise and resubmit.

***Agents can query the acquisitions editors directly. 


Bronzeville Books will not publish works that would be seen as promoting racism, discrimination, pedophilia, sexual abuse or animal abuse.

*Please note that every submission receives an automated reply. If we receive a response to the automated email indicating the automated email’s delivery failed we will not review your submission and you will not be notified. Make sure that your email account is set up to receive automated replies from before submitting.

Bronzeville Books does not respond to queries about manuscripts until five months from the submission date has elapsed.

See for formatting instructions. Our one note: do not underline text in your manuscript. If any text is intended to be in italics, put it in italics.

Submission Guidelines

We will not review PDF documents or RTF documents. Please send .doc or .docx only.

Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format. Standard font, such as Times New Roman or Courier. 12 pt black text. Double spaced. First paragraph indented 0.5" from the left margin, via the document settings, not using the tab key.

Your brief query letter should contain the manuscript pitch and an author bio. It should be in the body of the email.

Your manuscript and synopsis should be attached as .doc or .docx files: we will not read PDF or RTF files.


Status: Open to Submissions from Agents/Closed To Author Submissions

Senior acquisitions editor Renee Asher Pickup handles acquisitions of mystery, crime and thrillers. Submissions for these genres should be sent to and addressed to her. Please indicate the name of the manuscript, word count and the genre in the subject line.

Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror & YA


Open to Submissions from Agents

Closed to Author Submissions Except by Invitation via DVPit

Open to inquiries from ChiZine authors who have had their rights returned to them - note 'ChiZine' in the subject line with your query

Acquisitions editor Sandra Ruttan reviews all submissions for sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA. Submissions for these genres should be sent to and addressed to her. Please indicate the name of the manuscript, word count and genre in the subject line. Please note that YA encompasses all genres within YA, including romance, contemporary, etc.

Currently, direct submissions from authors are by invitation only. Invitations may be extended via pitch events such as DVPIT or PITMAD, or by invite after pitching directly to our acquisitions editor. Visit our website or subscribe to our newsletter for information on our next direct pitch window. Sandra will be participating in DVPIT October 28 and 29.

Next Direct Pitch Event to Bronzeville for Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror & YA: TBA

Direct Pitch Guidelines

Submissions from agents are open. Agents are invited to request contact information for our acquisitions editor via the email address.



Novellas should be submitted to with the title of the manuscript, word count and genre listed in the subject line. Novella submissions should follow standard manuscript guidelines (see submission guidelines above) and be attached as a .doc or .docx file. In the body of your email include a short query letter with a pitch for the novella and author bio. Novellas can be addressed to either editor, based on genre, or generally addressed 'Dear Editor'.

Non-fiction may be considered on a case by case basis.

Please follow all submission guidelines. We prioritize processing complete submissions. An incomplete submission, or sending us material that is sent in formats we will not review, can lead to a rejection. Non-fiction manuscripts should be addressed to Renee or Sandra.

Currently Accepting Submissions:

Guidelines for Short Fiction submissions to Bronzeville Bee (offsite link). Submissions close December 1, 2019 and will reopen in 2020.

Revise Resubmit Invitations

Individuals who received a revise-resubmit invitation for their manuscript may still submit their material. Follow the appropriate guidelines and state in the first line of your query (which should be in the body of the email, not a separate word doc) that you received a revise-resubmit invitation. This will be confirmed and your submission will be processed.

Currently CLOSED to Submissions:

In Effect as of Friday August 9, 7:00 AM EDT. This is a temporary short-term closure while we clear submissions.

We are currently closed to submissions of the following:

  • novellas (all genres)
  • novels (all genres)
  • graphic novels
  • Twisted Love submissions

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Questions? Email Submissions:

Send all submissions to the email address indicated on the project submission information page.

Bronzeville Bee

Bronzeville Bee is an online ‘zine that publishes short fiction, reflections on books, writing and publishing insights, and arts, culture and entertainment articles.

Before submitting to Bronzeville Books, consider referring to Bronzeville Bee to gain insight into what the editorial team has to say about prologues, writing a synopsis#OwnVoices, and more. Refer to reflections articles to gain further insight into the type of books that have impacted our editorial team.

Bronzeville Bee is currently open to fiction submissions from all writers. It is closed to non-fiction submissions.