OPEN SUBMISSIONS: We have an open submission policy and also on occasion directly invite authors whose work intrigues us to submit.
NO READING FEE: However, we do not consider multiple submissions. Manuscripts must be submitted for our exclusive consideration for two months with the understanding that the author intends to publish with us if accepted. This must be stated in the cover letter.
INDIVIDUALLY AUTHORED, COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS: We don't consider edited collections or book proposals.
SUBJECT AREAS: Books need to fall under one of the subject areas the press focuses on: Creative Acculturation; Pluralism in Families; Social and Psychological Resilience; Illness and Meaning; Creative Aging; Listening Across Faith Traditions; Social Justice and Inclusion; Citizen-Scholars.
- Novels, memoir, and creative non-fiction: 40,000 to 100,000 words (160-400 pp)
- Short story collections: 45,000-87,500 words (180-350 pp)
- Poetry: 60-150 pp (no chapbooks)
(If you have a manuscript that does not fall within these limits but which you think is particularly suited for our press, query us.)
RESPONSE TIME: Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged electronically. Authors will receive initial decision within one month of submission. We try to make final decisions within two months.
EDITORIAL DECISION: Decisions to accept a book for publication are made by the publishers, who consult with other Collective writers as needed. We consider the literary quality of the book, its fit with our mission as a press, the importance of publication to the writer at this point in her or his career, the writer's interest in the mission of the press and in our more collaborative approach, and the level and kind of editorial, publishing, and promotional skills the writer can share with the press and other collective authors.
CONTRACT: Our contract is for five years, renewable, and is restricted to world-wide English language rights. The press reinvests all its share of the profits from collective authors' books into the collective.
COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES: To help hear other writers into print as they themselves are being heard, authors published through the Collective contribute their skills to the press for two years, at an average of 4 hours/month, as readers, acquisitions, developmental or copy editors, proofreaders, publicists, sponsors of home readings across the country, and developers or facilitators of workshops and discussion groups.