Clare Songbirds Publishing House accepts manuscripts from poets and authors, both established and emerging. Publication is dependant solely on the quality of work.
Please read and follow guidelines carefully. Manuscripts that deviate from these guidelines will not be read or considered.
Manuscripts are consideration on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged but will be accepted. In the body of your email please indicate if your manuscript is a simultaneous submission.
Manuscripts are accepted electronically, by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not accept manuscripts via US Mail.
Previously published poems, stories, essays, excerpts may be included in your manuscript. Please provide publication acknowledgements (title of poem/story/essay, where and when published) in the body of your email. We publish poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction chapbooks, as well as full-length poetry. We are also accepting children's illustrated books.
Clare Songbirds Publishing House reserves the right to refuse any manuscript.
Enter the genre and your manuscript title as your subject line. Enter your contact information, a brief bio and any publication acknowledgements in the body of the email. Do not include any contact or identifying information or publication acknowledgements within your manuscript.
Attach your manuscript as a single Microsoft Word document (either .doc or .docx is acceptable) or an Adobe .pdf file. Manuscripts received in any other file format will not be read. Do not paste manuscript into the body of your email: it must be sent as an attachment. Remove all special formatting from your Word document before attaching it to your email. No headers or footers, but please include page numbers. You may use page breaks, but do not use section breaks, tables, WordArt or other special formatting within your manuscript. Do not include images in your manuscript.
A cover letter is not required. However, we enjoy hearing about your literary process and goals, and how you heard about us!
For instance, did you see a post about Clare Songbirds Publishing House somewhere? Did a friend or colleague suggest you send your manuscript? Please feel free to share these tidbits in your email.
Manuscripts should include a title page, table of contents, and the manuscript text only. Chapbook manuscripts must limit one poem per page, please insert a page break after poems longer than one page.
Clare Songbirds Publishing House will begin accepting essays and short fiction May 2018. Submission requirements for these manuscripts will be available as we begin to move into publishing those genres. We are not accepting full-length fiction or memoir at this time.