Welcome to Homebound Publications. Over the span of 7 years and almost 100 titles, we’ve sought out work from both emerging and established authors showing promise in the field of contemplative literature.

What do we mean by “contemplative literature?” In this throwaway-culture where we buy a book in the supermarket, read it over the weekend, and then toss it, we publish books that you will have on your nightstand for a few years and return to again and again—books that nourish your mind and soul.

What’s in a Name? Homebound Publications’ name is derived from the idea of homecoming and the individual’s journey to find a place of belonging. Our name Homebound is meant as “bound for home” echoing the Herman Melville quote, “Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.”

About Us: 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.

 Our View on the Business of Publishing: So often in this age of commerce, entertainment supersedes growth; books of lesser integrity but higher marketability are chosen over those with much-needed truth but smaller audience. Here at Homebound Publications, we focus on the quality of the truth and insight present within a project before any other considerations.

Homebound Publications has several opportunities for manuscript submissions:

Our Divisions:

Homebound Publications (The press proper) accepts submission of creative non-fiction (including essays, memoir, and travel writing.) Homebound Publications accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction and poetry only through our annual contests: The Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and the Landmark Prize for Fiction.

Owl House Books is our imprint devoted to genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and thriller). Please visit www.owlhousebooks.com for more information on current submission guidelines.

Little Bound Books is our imprint devoted to small form essays and chapbooks. The personal essay series is the cornerstone of the Little Bound Books imprint. 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.

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. 

 

Homebound Publications | Publish & Tips on Our Current Tastes

In General: We publish 15-18 full-length works a year. We accept the following styles: creative non-fiction, literary fiction, travel writing, and essay collections. We are a traditional royalty-based publisher. Our authors do not subsidize the publication of their book in any way.

Editor’s Note on Tone and Direction: We are seeking titles with a special focus on the intersection of the nature landscape and the interior landscape. Authors representative of the work we seek would be: Barry Lopez, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, David Abram, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, Annie Dillard, Cheryl Strayed, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Terry Tempest Williams, Jim Harrison, John O’Donohue, and Wendell Berry.

Do you publish emerging authors? 

We get this question a great deal. The answer is yes, we do indeed publish emerging authors. We work closely with our authors so when considering submissions the quality of the author’s character is just as important as the quality of the manuscript. We look for individuals with a strong work ethic, passion, and integrity. We would rather work with a first-time author who is full of passion and drive than a well-established author who has lost her/his enthusiasm for the craft. Bottom-line: We want passionate, dedicated authors who understand not only the art of writing but the business of being a writer.

Our Books

Our books are available worldwide, distributed by Midpoint Trade Books and are listed at standard terms through wholesalers such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Our books can be purchases at indie bookstores across the country as well as Amazon, B&N and other retailers. We publish in paperback, hardcover, eBook, and audiobook.

Our Business Philosophy

So often in this age of commerce, entertainment supersedes growth; books of lesser integrity but higher marketability are chosen over those with much-needed truth but small audiences. Homebound focuses on the quality of the truth and insight present within an author’s writing before any other considerations. We seek 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.

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 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.)

A Few Things to Know

If you wish to submit to Homebound Publications, please be aware of the following:

  • We contract and support authors who tour, read and perform their work, play an active part of the contemporary literary scene, and seek a readership.
  • We seek manuscripts that are no more than 80,000 words.
  • We expect our authors to be active participants in marketing their title. You should be prepared to assist in a wide range of marketing practices, including social networking sites and blogs.
  • We are happy to receive submissions that have been sent simultaneously to other publishers.
  • No materials will be returned to the author or editor, please do not send precious or irreplaceable materials.
Response Time

We usually respond to within 6-8 months. (We do have express submission options for those who can’t wait that length of time.)

The submitted manuscript should be previously unpublished. A limited number of excerpts may have appeared in print or online, but the author must hold sole rights to the work.

We look forward to reading your work!

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.





Ends on January 2, 2019$25.00
$25.00

Homebound Publications' 2018 Landmark Prize for Fiction is now open.

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, 2019. On February 15, 2019 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 2020. 

While there is no cash prize at this time, the winning author will be offered a generous 15% royalty contract and receive 10 free copies of the final book to help further their promotional efforts. The win­ning author/book will also receive a feature spread in Homebound Publication’s biannual magazine, The Wayfarer. 

The winner will be published worldwide. Our books are distributed via Midpoint Trade Books. 

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 January 30, 2019. The winner will be publicly announced February 15, 2019 and release in 2020.
  • Employees of Homebound Publications are not eligible.

Entry by Post Mail

(Editor’s Note: While we are aware of the extra packaging required when sending via post, at this time we prefer entrants to send their submissions to us via USPS. When we complete our review of your materials, all packaging materials and paper is recycled.)

For those of you entering by post mail please include the fol­lowing in your entry:

  •  The full man­u­script
  • A brief bio­graph­ical state­ment
  • Check made payable to: Homebound Publications
  • Self-address stamped post­card (Should you desire con­fir­ma­tion of receipt of your entry.)

Post entries should be sent to:

Homebound Publications

Attn: Landmark Prize

PO Box 1442, Pawcatuck, CT 06379 – 1968

United States of America

[Please note:] Manuscripts sub­mitted to the con­test via post mail will not be returned. Please do not send us the orig­inal copy of your man­u­script.

Entering Online

To enter online, you may submit your manuscript and payment via our secure submission platform here: http://homeboundpublications.submittable.com/submit

  • 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. 

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