Welcome to Homebound Publications. Over the span of 8 years and over 100 titles, we’ve sought out work from both emerging and established authors showing promise in the field of contemplative literature.

Founded in Connecticut in 2011 by Leslie M. Browning, Homebound Publications is one of the rising independent publishers in the country. Collectively through our imprints, we publish between fifteen to twenty books each year that we promote and distribute worldwide. Over the years, our authors have received dozens of awards including: Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year, Nautilus Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, and Saltire Literary Awards. Highly-respected among bookstores, readers, and authors alike, Homebound Publications has a proven devotion to quality, originality, and integrity.

Homebound Publications is a small press with big ideas. As an independent publisher, we strive to ensure, that the mainstream is not the only stream. It is our intention at Homebound Publications to preserve contemplative storytelling and introduce new perspectives that directly aid humankind in the trials we face at present as a global village. We publish full-length introspective works of creative non-fiction, travel writing, poetry, and novels.

 

Homebound Publications has several opportunities for manuscript submissions. Please review our submission guidelines on our website before sending us your work.


 Homebound Publications announces The Prism Prize for Climate Literature

Seeking to promote and support fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction writing in the emerging genre of climate literature, Homebound Publications proudly announces its new climate writing competition. 

Sponsored by The Wayfarer’s environmental editor Gail Collins-Ranadive, the prize carries an award of $1000 and publication of the winning manuscript.

Our climate crisis is as multifaceted as a beam current sunlight passed through a prism: each refracted color reflects another dimension to be creatively examined: science, weather, politics, psychology, sociology, eco-justice, biodiversity, agriculture, ocean acidification, economics, ecology, environmentalism, energy, extinction events, spirituality, ethics, morality, infrastructure, sustainability, activism, solutions…

Potential climate writers need not be intimidated by a perceived need for extensive research. Just start where you stand, and write out of your experience and expertise. 

How does climate change affect who you are, what you care about, where you live, why you do what you do, and how you view the future? 

Through intuition, insight, integration and imagination, creative climate writing could help awaken a critical climate consciousness and inspire action equal to the greatest challenge humankind has ever had to face.


Submission Guidelines 


 

The Winner Will Receive

The winning author shall receive a $1000 prize and publication with a standard royalty contract.

What We Require

  • Cover Letter
  • Final Manuscript (Preferably no more than 75,000 words for nonfiction or fiction submissions and no more than 125, 8.5 x 11 pages for poetry.) 
  • Market assessment and/or statement of marketing intentions.
  • Biographical statement and/or CV
  • 300 DPI Headshot Jpeg
  • Writing sample (10-20 pages.)
  • List of Previous Publications (If Any.)

Do we accept proposals from authors outside the USA?

At this time we only accept manuscripts from authors residing in the United States or the United Kingdom. While our titles are available worldwide, we simply don’t have the network to accept projects from other countries in the global community at this time. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. In time, we hope to be in a position to open ourselves to proposals from writers residing in other countries.

Putting Together Your Proposal | How Do I Submit?

Although we appreciate hearing from our readers and prospective authors, postal mail requires a lot of packaging, paper mailing materials and fossil fuel to ship. In an effort to cut down on paper usage/waste, at present prefer electronic submissions sent to us via our secure platform with Submittable.  (It is free to open an account to submit your work. You can even sign in via your Facebook account.)

In Support of Diversity 

Across all our imprints, we are deeply invested in reading and publishing diverse voices spanning across different religions, ethnicities, and marginalized communities. We strongly welcome submissions from of writers within the LGBTQIA community, writers living with a disability, writers living with refugee status, and Native American voices . . . to name a few. Writers from all backgrounds and communities should consider our press a safe space. 

Deadlines

A panel of fellow writers will select the winning manuscript and award the prize. We are open for submissions from February 15, 2019 – December 1, 2019. The winning proposal will be announced January 15, 2020. 

A category for those submissions either requested from an author or coming from an agent. 

Please submit:
  • Cover Letter
  • Author Bio
  • Marketing Proposal
  • 2-3 Page Summary (For Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Full Manuscript
We allow submissions of any genre here but ask that the guidelines for length and themes be followed. Please consult our submissions guidelines

In General: As a highly selective press, Owl House Books publish only 2-4 full-length works a year. Owl House Books specializes in genre fiction. We seek works of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and thriller. 

About Us: Myth has haunted and shaped us since the dawn of language, giving wing and fleshy form to the archetypes of our imagination. As our past was spent around the fire listening to myths and the sounds of the night, so were our childhoods spent getting lost in the tangled branches of fables. Through our titles, we hope to return to these storytelling roots.

Are you a subsidized publisher? We are a royalty-based publisher. Our authors do not subsidize the publication of their book in any way. 

Storytellers representative of the work we seek would be: Tomm Moore, Rosalie K. Fry, Jean Craighead George, the folks at Pixar, Gary Paulsen, Natalie Babbit, Robert C. O'Brien, T. H. White, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, the Brothers Grimm....

Our Books

Our books are available worldwide. Distributed via Midpoint Trade Books. We publish in paperback, hardcover, and e-book. Our audio editions are available on iTunes, Amazon, and Audible.com. 

Our Respect for Authors

Every Editor in Owl House Books is also a working writer, as such, we respect an author’s voice. We always like to ensure that our authors are pleased with the final product. Working under this philosophy, we involve our authors in the interior/cover design process. 


Do you publish books from authors outside the USA?

At this time we only accept proposals from authors residing in the United States or the United Kingdom. While our titles are available worldwide, we simply don’t have the network to accept projects from others countries in the global community at this time. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. In time, we hope to be in a position to open ourselves to proposals from writers residing in other countries.

Putting Together Your Proposal

Although we appreciate hearing from our readers and prospective authors, postal mail requires a lot of packaging, paper mailing materials and fossil fuel to ship. In an effort to cut down on paper usage/waste, at present prefer electronic submissions. Owl House Books is an imprint of Homebound Publications. You can submit to us via Homebound Publications' Submittable Platform under the Owl House Books category. 

Please Include: 

  • 2-3 Page summary of the work
  • Biographical Statement
  • Full Manuscript *All manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manuel of Style and be under 200 double-spaced, letter pages.
  • A marketing analysis including: sales points, similar titles and the authors' plans for self-promotion. A list of 6 themes that your book touches on.
Homebound Publications is pleased to launch Little Bound Books Imprint: Small Books, Big Impact. 

The cornerstone of the imprint is the Little Bound Book Essay Series. Personal. Poignant. Powerful, this series is tiny in appearance at 4 x 6 in size and only 8000 – 9000 words in length; however, don’t be deceived by the small stature. The content for each personal essay in this series packs a punch to the heart (in the best sense). Think: Emerson’s On Nature or Self-Reliance; Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, Barry Lopez’s Sliver of Sky, Annie Dillards’ Total Eclipse or  James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son—it is this honesty, grit, and intelligence to which we aspire. 


Little Bound Books Chapbook (Fiction Only)

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts must be between 40-80 double-spaced pages in length. (Up to roughly 15,000 words max).

Little Bound Books Essay Series: Personal. Poignant. Powerful.

  • Submissions must be between 8,000-9,000 words (not including front and back matter). *This is a firm length. You cannot fall under or go over. We do this because each book will be a uniform 78-80 pages long (with front and back matter).

  • These little books will receive the same full-distribution, sales representation, and PR efforts of any standard size offering.

  • Submissions can be previously published as long as you hold the current rights.

  • Illustrations and black & white photography can be offered but must be of the highest-quality and aesthetic to be considered. 

General Notes on Submissions

  • While our titles are distributed worldwide, we currently only accept proposals from authors living in the United States or the United Kingdom. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, we ask to be notified promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please include: the full manuscript, resume or CV, author bio, and a statement about your marketing philosophy.
  • Response time is 3-5 months depending on backlog the wait may be up to 8 months.





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At Homebound Publications, we publish books written by independent voices for independent minds. Our titles focus on a return to simplicity and balance connection to the earth and each other, and the search for meaning and authenticity. As an independent publisher we strive to ensure, “That the mainstream is not the only stream.”

Deadline for entries is January 1st, 2020. On March 1, 2020 we will announce one winner as well as and honorable mentions, (some or all of which may be offered publication). The winning manuscript will be published by Homebound Publications in 2021.

While there is no cash prize at this time, the winning author will be offered a publishing contract. The winning author/book will also receive a feature spread in Homebound Publication’s biannual magazine, The Wayfarer. The winning manuscript will be published worldwide. Our books are distributed via Midpoint Trade Books and IPG.

Across all our imprints, we are deeply invested in reading and publishing diverse voices spanning across different religions, ethnicities, and marginalized communities. We strongly welcome submissions from of writers within the LGBTQIA community, writers living with a disability, writers living with refugee status, and Native American voices . . . to name a few. Writers from all backgrounds and communities should consider our press a safe space. 


Entry Guidelines & Eligibility 

  • To enter, the manuscript must be previously unpublished.
  • There is a $25.00 non-refundable reading fee.
  • All entries will be considered for publication.
  • Only authors who currently reside in the United States of America may enter.
  • Manuscripts must be in English.
  • A limited number of selections from the book may have appeared in print or online but the writer must hold sole rights to the work.
  • Multiple entries by a single author are wel­come but a sep­a­rate entry forms and fees must be paid for each entry.
  • The manuscript must cannot be over 200 double-spaced pages in length (not including front matter).
  • The winner will be notified privately of their win by February 15, 2020. 
  • Employees of Homebound Publications are not eligible.
  • Please send us the full man­u­script
  • Brief biographical statement.
  • You will be able to pay the $25.00 entry fee via Submittable’s platform.


While never done in the history of our press' contests before, Homebound Publications does reserve the right to not choose a winner in any given year should the submissions received not meet our expectations.



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Details about the 2019 Poetry Prize:  Deadline for entries is May 31st, 2019. On July 15, 2019 we will announce one winner from the entries as well as a finalist and honorable mentions. The winning manuscript will be published by Homebound Publications in April 2020. While there is no cash prize at this time, the winning author will be offered a generous 15% royalty contract. The winning author/book will also receive a feature spread in Homebound Publication's biannual magazine, The Wayfarer.

The winner and finalist(s) will be published in paperback and eBook formats. Our books are distributed through Midpoint Trade Books (A Division on IPG) and are available through wholesale outlets such as Baker & Taylor and Ingram as well as retail outlets such as Amazon, B&N, Target, and indie bookstores across the country.

To enter, submit a manuscript between 48-75 pages in length by May 31st, 2019. The entry fee is $25.00.

The editorial staff at Homebound Publications will judge the contest. The contest is not judged blind.

All entries will be considered for publication. We routinely publish manuscripts that are chosen for honorable mentions.

Entry Guidelines & Eligibility 

  • To enter, the poetry collection must be previously unpublished.
  • A limited number of individual poems may have appeared in print or online but the poet must hold sole rights to the work.
  • Only authors who currently reside in the United States of America may enter.
  • Manuscripts must be in English.
  • Multiple entries by a single author are wel­come but a sep­a­rate entry forms and fees must be paid for each entry.
  • The manuscript must be no less than 48 and no more than 75 pages in length.
  • Deadline for Entries is May 31st, 2019. The winner will be notified privately of their win by July 15, 2019.
  • Employees and authors of Homebound Publications and its divisions are not eligible.

Here you may submit the following styles: Creative Non-Fiction, Travel Writing, and Essay Collections. 

Our Mission: At Homebound Publications we publish books written by soul-oriented individuals putting forth their works in an effort to restore depth, highlight truth, and improve the quality of living for their readers. As an independent publisher, we strive to ensure that the mainstream is not the only stream.

We are currently open to query letters. We are seeking both fiction and creative non-fiction titles with a special focus on spirituality, education, regional interest, history, personal growth, self-help, and ecological. We have a soft spot for books about our native region of New England.

Authors representative of the work we seek would be: Barry Lopez, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, David Abram, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, Annie Dillard, David Whyte, Cheryl Strayed, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau.

    Themes We Look For: 
    • spirituality
    • personal growth
    • religion
    • sustainable practices
    • the environment
    • introspective travel writing
    • well-researched educational books writing on spiritual practices or culture.
Formatting and Misc: Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts must be between 75-200 double-spaced pages in length. (Up to roughly 80,000 words).

In Your Proposal Please Include: 

  • 2-3 Page summary of the work
  • Biographical Statement
  • Full Manuscript *All manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manuel of Style and be under 200 double-spaced, letter pages.
  • A marketing analysis including: sales points, similar titles and the authors' plans for self-promotion. A list of 6 themes that your book touches on.
 

Current Response time: 4-6 months
Don't have 4 months to wait? Try our express option. For a reading fee of just $5.00 you can have an answer in 1 week. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, we ask to be notified promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.  https://homeboundpublications.submittable.com/submit/53377


Here you may submit the following styles: Creative Non-Fiction, Travel Writing, and Essay Collections. (We only accept queries for manuscripts 250 double-spaced pages or under. Roughly 70,000 words.) 

*This is a express submissions option. Sometimes waiting months for a reply on your submissions isn't possible. With this paid feature, for just $5.00, you will receive a response on your submission within 1 week. 

Our Mission: At Homebound Publications we publish books written by soul-oriented individuals putting forth their works in an effort to restore depth, highlight truth, and improve the quality of living for their readers. As an independent publisher we strive to ensure, “that the mainstream is not the only stream.”®

Themes We Look For: 
  • spirituality
  • personal growth
  • religion
  • sustainable practices 
  • the environment
  • introspective travel writing
  • well-researched educational books writing on spiritual practices or culture. 
Formatting and Misc: Manuscripts should be double spaced and written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts must be between 75-200 double-spaced pages in length. (Up to roughly 60,000 words).

While our titles are distributed worldwide, we currently only accept proposals from authors living in the United States or the United Kingdom. 
 
Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, we ask to be notified promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.


Homebound Publications