Our goal is to publish a limited number of titles annually. We aim to produce well-made books, with an eye to the aesthetics of design, giving each project the careful attention required to make the publishing experience rewarding for the writer and the students and book professionals engaged in the process.

Submissions are open!


Our Reading Style

Stillhouse seeks manuscripts driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives or those which defy easy categorization or definition. No conventional genre fiction, please.

For more information about Stillhouse Press and our submission guidelines, please visit: www.stillhousepress.org/submissions


Diversity & Inclusion

Stillhouse Press is committed to publishing work from voices often excluded from traditional publishing, including writers of color, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ writers, and those living with disabilities. To create an accessible platform for marginalized voices, we are offering fee-free submissions to writers who request a fee waiver via our contact form.

Prize: $500

Reading Period: Monday, November 1, 2021, 12am EST - Thursday, March 31st, 2022, 11:59pm EST

Fee: $25/submission (reading fee is non-refundable)

Rules

  • Only complete manuscripts of literary fiction will be considered. Stillhouse looks for works driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition. No conventional genre fiction, please.
  • Our ideal manuscript is between 25,000 – 45,000 words; please include word count in the top right corner of the first page. Any manuscripts over 60,000 words will be automatically declined. If your manuscript exceeds our word count guidelines, please consider submitting to our open call for novels.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication. Prize does not guarantee publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please attach manuscripts in either Word .doc or PDF format.
  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and a synopsis with an overview of the work. Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, online presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their work.
  • Previously published or forthcoming novellas will not be considered; for novellas comprised of shorter pieces, previously published single stories/chapters are acceptable, if part of the larger work.
  • All work must be original; translations will not be accepted.
  • The judge for Finalists will be announced in 2022; Stillhouse Press cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with the guest judge.
  • Entries will only be accepted online via Stillhouse Press’ Submittable page; no hard copies or email submissions will be accepted. We offer fee-free submissions for authors who have a financial need. Fee waivers can be requested through the contact form on our website.
  • We are unable to consider agented submissions at this time.
  • Deadline for final submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, March 31st, 2022


Stillhouse looks for works driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition. At this time, we are only considering memoir submissions. No short story collections, flash collections, or essay collections should be submitted through this portal.

** Please note: Manuscript submissions that do not meet current submission guidelines will be automatically declined.**

Guidelines

  • We take time in considering all of our submissions and ask that you allow at least 6 months for a staff response.
  • Only complete, full-length manuscripts will be considered. Our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 – 100,000 words for prose; please include word count in the top right corner of the first page for all prose submissions.
  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and synopsis or overview of the work.
  • Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, online presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • All attachments should be in either PDF or Word.doc formats.
  • All work must be original. Translations will not be accepted.
  • Submissions may be made through our submissions manager. Paper and email submissions are not accepted.
  • There is a $5 fee/submission for regular submissions. (Does not include contest submissions. Please refer to Contest FAQ for fee information.) We offer fee-free submissions for authors who have a financial need. Fee waivers can be requested through the contact form on our website.
  • We are unable to accept agented submissions at this time.

Stillhouse looks for works driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition. At this time, we are only considering novel submissions. No short story collections, flash collections, or nonfiction should be submitted through this portal. No conventional genre fiction, please.

** Please note: Manuscript submissions that do not meet current submission guidelines will be automatically declined.**

Guidelines

  • We take time in considering all of our submissions and ask that you allow at least 6 months for a staff response.
  • Only complete, full-length manuscripts will be considered. Our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 – 100,000 words for prose; please include word count in the top right corner of the first page for all prose submissions.
  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and synopsis or overview of the work.
  • Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, online presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • All attachments should be in either PDF or Word.doc formats.
  • All work must be original. Translations will not be accepted.
  • Submissions may be made through our submissions manager. Paper and email submissions are not accepted.
  • There is a $5 fee/submission for regular submissions. (Does not include contest submissions. Please refer to Contest FAQ for fee information.) We offer fee-free submissions for authors who have a financial need. Fee waivers can be requested through the contact form on our website
  • We are unable to accept agented submissions at this time.
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