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Submission Guidelines

Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books across genres. Whether literary fiction, human rights, mystery, romance, erotica, LGBTQ studies, sex guides, pulp fiction, or memoir, you know that if it's outside the ordinary, it's Cleis Press.

We publish 60 new books each year (in combination with Viva Editions) and receive over 2000 manuscripts and query submissions annually. We accept unsolicited manuscripts, as well as manuscripts represented by agents. Please do not send poetry or recommendation letters.

If you wish to submit a book proposal, please follow the following guidelines. All proposals should be emailed to Brenda Knight at bknight@cleispress.com. Please include a CV, a list of previous publications, and the first chapter of the book in the body of the email. In an attachment, please include the manuscript, in either MS Word or PDF format.

If you wish to mail in your proposal, please mail it to:
Attn: Brenda Knight
Cleis Press and Viva Editions
2246 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

We appreciate your patience in receiving replies; we ask that you allow eight to ten weeks for a reply.

Consult our online catalog for a complete listing of our books and to determine whether your work is appropriate for our publishing program.







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