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We are currently CLOSED FOR BOOK SUBMISSIONS until November 2020.
We are, however, OPEN for inksac and SQuID submissions as normal.
Scroll down a little to see what we are looking for.

Books:

We’re on the hunt for: novellas, poetry collections, and short story collections. In other words, we want to focus on the short form, writing that bites, punches, and knocks people the hell out. 

Our focus is: literary fiction.

Here is a list of adjectives that define the writing we want to publish: intelligent, experimental, real, deep, alternative, fresh, brave, thought-provoking.

Here is a list of verbs that define what your writing should do: captivate, stimulate, disorientate, investigate, retaliate, dilate, radiate, resonate.

If your book is these things: send us an email with a short bio and brief summary of the work you are submitting.

 

For novella submissions: send us the opening ten pages and a full synopsis of your work.

For poetry collection submissions: send us 3-5 poems that best represent your collection.

For short story collection submissions: send us 2-3 stories that best represent your collection.

PLEASE NOTE, that in short story collections and poetry collections, the sum of the parts is crucial to us. We will not publish a random selection of stories or poems you find on your computer. There has to be a theme, there has to be a central idea, and the collection has to work as a complete piece. If it does not, we will ignore your submission.

 

Email subject: your name, title of work and category of submission.

Send your words here: submissions@cephalopress.com

Our current response time is: 3-4 months. We will do our due diligence to respond to every one of you in that time.

We are NOT interested in straight genre fiction: fantasy, horror sci-fi, crime or romance novels (genre fiction) so please don’t send us any. Though we will consider work containing cleverly placed elements of these genre, or especially intriguing instances of cross-genre fiction.

Ink Sac (Short Stories/Poetry):

We’re on the prowl for: short stories and poems  for our onsite blog, the Ink Sac.

Again, here is a list of adjectives that define the writing we want to publish: intelligent, experimental, real, deep, alternative, fresh, brave, thought-provoking.

And the list of verbs your writing should do: captivate, stimulate, disorientate, investigate, retaliate, dilate, radiate, resonate.

If your work is these things: send us an email with a short bio and brief summary of the work you are submitting, along with the attached work.

Email subject: your name, title of work and category of submission.

For short stories: no more than 2000 words.

Flash fiction: will also be considered.

For poetry: 1-3 poems (no more than 3 pages)

Send your words to: submissions@cephalopress.com

Our current response time is: 3-4 months. We will do our due diligence to respond to every one of you in that time.

And again: we are NOT interested in genre fiction.

SQuID:

We’re on the scour for: SQuID articles.

SQuID is our weekly opinions feature: Every week we want to publish one article from a guest writer. 

The formula is simple: Statement, Quotation, Infer, Develop.

Logistics: no more than 500 words on any topic you feel strongly about or you consider interesting. Make a statement, support it with a quotation, and explain your thoughts and feelings. We like politics, topics related to writing, philosophy, nature, science, history, sociology, but will consider anything that’s well written, original and follows the SQuID formula.

Email subject: Your name, Ink Sac, title of your piece. Our current response time is: 8 weeks. We will do our due diligence to respond to every one of you in that time.

Send your words to: submissions@cephalopress.com

If your piece is offensive we’re not interested. Controversial is good, offensive is definitely not.