We are an award-winning independent publisher founded in 2011 striving to ensure that the mainstream is not the only stream. More than a company, we are a community of writers and readers exploring the larger questions we face as a global village. It is our intention to preserve contemplative storytelling. We publish full-length introspective works of creative non-fiction, literary fiction, and poetry. Join us. 

Reading Periods: Please be advised, the reading periods for all imprints are from January 1st to April 1st and August 1st – October 1st. If you submit your work to us outside of the reading window, it will be reviewed in the next period.

Express Submission: We do have a paid, express submission options for those who submit to us during an off season. Should you choose this channel, you will receive an answer 4 weeks from the date of your submission.

 

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
  • A Complete 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
  • 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 Submission | 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 16, 2021 – January 8, 2022. The winning proposal will be announced February 25, 2022. 

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

Reading Periods: Please be advised, the reading periods for all imprints are from January 1st to April 1st and August 1st – October 1st. If you submit your work to us outside of the reading window, it will be reviewed in the next period.

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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. 

Our Books

Our books are available worldwide. Distributed via Publisher's Group West, a Division of Ingram. 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. 

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. (Roughly 70,000 words.)  Please note, we cannot take works over 70,000 words at this time.
  • 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. 


Reading Periods: Please be advised, the reading periods for all imprints are from January 1st to April 1st and August 1st – October 1st. If you submit your work to us outside of the reading window, it will be reviewed in the next period.


There are three categories under which to submit your work to us:


General Nonfiction

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts must be between under 180 double-spaced pages in length. (Up to roughly 50,000 words max). 
  • *No Poetry Collections.


Chapbooks/Novellas (Literary Fiction Only)

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts must be between under 140 double-spaced pages in length. (Up to roughly 40,000 words max). 
  • *No Short Story Collections.


Little Bound Books Essay Series

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 20,000 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. 

  • Submissions must be between 19,000 - 20,000 words (not including front and back matter). *This is a firm length. You cannot fall under or go over. 
  • 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

  • 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.

 

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, 2022. On March 1, 2022 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 2023.

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 wholesalers such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor as well as retail outlets such as Amazon, B&N, Target and Indie Bookstores across the country.

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.
  • 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.
  • Employees of Homebound Publications are not eligible.



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Details about the 2021 Poetry Prize

Deadline for entries is May 31st, 2022. On August 15, 2022 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 2023. While there is no cash prize at this time, the winning author will be offered a royalty contract and publication in ebook, paperback and audiobook. The winning author/book will also receive a feature spread in Homebound Publication’s biannual magazine, The Wayfarer.

To enter, submit a manuscript between 48-75 pages in length (front and back matter are not included in page count) by May 31st, 2022. 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.
  • 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. 

Reading Periods: Please be advised, the reading periods for all imprints are from January 1st to April 1st and August 1st – October 1st. If you submit your work to us outside of the reading window, it will be reviewed in the next period. 

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: 

  • mind/body/spirit
  • personal growth
  • sustainable practices
  • the environment
  • introspective travel writing

Formatting and Misc: Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style. We are unable to consider manuscripts over 60,000 words at this time.

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 no more than 60,000 words.
  • 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 currently offers two 5-month editorial internships. 

Homebound Publications offers two unpaid internship opportunities per year intended to provide interns the chance to gain hands-on experience in the editorial and developmental aspects of small independent publishing. As many of our staff members are spread out over the world, we don't require that you be based in Connecticut or Massachusetts. We do however expect that our interns be able to devote 15 hours a week to their work for the press.


Type of Work Assigned to our Interns

  • Corresponding with authors
  • Reading submissions for biannual literary journal
  • Reading and weighing in on submissions of fiction and non-fiction
  • Sending out acceptance and rejection letters
  • Writing blog posts
  • Proofreading manuscripts and marketing materials
  • Source/fact checking manuscripts in production
  • Working on projects in production as needed
  • Assisting all members of the editorial staff as needed
  • Over the course of their daily interactions and duties, interns learn valuable knowledge about the structure of an indie publishing house.


Skills and Requirements

  • Reliable, self-motivated individual
  • Ability to meet a deadline
  • A passion for literature and the publishing industry
  • Knowledge of Homebound Publications' past titles
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge of Wordpress and/or webdesign is a plus
  • A firm grasp of English language and grammar
  • Good written and verbal skills


Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a CV/resume with two references, a cover letter and a completed internship application form via our free, secure online résumé platform.


Deadlines

November 15: Spring/summer session (January 1st - June 1th)

May 1: Autumn/winter session (July 1st - December 31st) 

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