We are currently open to unsolicited submissions.

We accept unsolicited submissions of literary fiction and poetry through our annual contests: The Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and the Landmark Prize for Fiction. Learn More below. 

Where to Send Your Work:

Poetry Submissions: We can only accept unsolicited poetry submissions via our annual Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. If you are interested in submitting a poetry manuscript to us we suggest you do so via this avenue.

Literary Fiction Submissions: We can only accept unsolicited fiction submissions via our annual Landmark Prize for Fiction. If you are interested in submitting a poetry manuscript to us we suggest you do so via this avenue.

Little Bound Books Series: Small Books, Bold Words - Homebound Publications' chapbook series. Through this series, we intend to release literary works of both fiction and creative nonfiction that carry a punch. At just 5x7 they are the perfect size to throw in your bag or tuck in a pocket and take with you.

Owl House Books (An Imprint Devoted to Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, and Thriller) 


Homebound Publications 

In General: We publish 10-12 full-length works a year. We accept the following styles: creative non-fiction, literary fiction, young adult fiction, travel writing, skill & trade books, and essay collections. We are a royalty-based publisher. Our authors do not subsidize the publication of their book in any way. We do not currently offer advances; rather, we offer an above average royalty rate.

Editor's Note on Tone and Direction for Homebound Publications: We are seeking titles with 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.

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

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.

Our Respect for Authors

Every Editor in Homebound 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. Furthermore, understanding how hard our authors work to compose the stories, we offer all our writers a generous royalty contract.

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 sent to us via our secure platform with Submittable.  

Response Time

We usually respond in 4-6 months (unless you choose one of our express reader fee options, in which case you will have a response in 1 week). 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.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, we ask to be notified promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.


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.
Following in the tradition of City Light Books' Pocket Poets Series Homebound Publications is pleased to launch Little Bound Books Series: Small Books, Bold Words. Through this series, we intend to release literary works of both fiction and creative nonfiction that carry a punch. At just 5x7 they are the perfect size to throw in your bag or tuck in a pocket and take with you. 

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.

Formatting and Misc: 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).

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 months. 





Ends on January 1, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Homebound Publications' 2017 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.” 

We are seeking both fiction with special focus on spirituality, travel, history, personal growth, and ecological. 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.

Deadline for entries is January 1st, 2018. On February 1, 2018 we will announce one winner from the entries as well as a finalist and honorable mentions, (some or all of which may be offered publication). The winning manuscript will be published by Homebound Publications in late 2017. While there is no cash prize at this time, the winning author will be offered a generous 20% 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 journal, The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature. 

The winner and finalist(s) will be published worldwide. Our books are distributed via publisher-direct and Ingrams. We have printing bases in the USA, UK, and Australia, allowing us to dispatch copies around the world when there is demand. The winning book will be released in paperback and ebook (kindle and nook).

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 be between 120-200 double-spaced pages in length. (No more than 80,000 words.)
  • The winner will be notified privately of their win by January 10, 2018. The winner will be publicly announced February 1, 2018 and release in late 2018.
  • Employees of Homebound Publications and authors with books previously published by 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.