Writing SUBMISSION Guidelines
What We're Looking For
The press primarily seeks noir mystery - however, we are also anxious to read manuscripts that are quirky, unique, odd, clever, idiosyncratic, stylish, dark, gritty - as long as they are intriguing.
We do not limit ourselves to fiction. Nonfiction, anthologies, and short story collections are welcome. However, poems and single short story submissions - if deemed adequately desirable - shall be published gratis on our site. Consider yourself warned.
Some of the figures we are interested in reading about include Rudolph Steiner, George Washington Carver, Barbara McClintock, Dr. Weston Price, Proust and Lao Tze - and any science fiction a la Phillip K. Dick.
We also actively seek work on Biodynamic movement, and unique mediation guides, in addition to physical culture - with an original point of view. Such authors would, of course, need to have legitimate credentials.
We are NOT interested in graphic based work, personal diatribes, or plays. These submissions will not be read.
Serious philosophical treatise are, however, most welcome.
Just please DO NOT BORE US!
Traditional queries are not necessary - that is to say, please do NOT preface your work with anything resembling a curriculum vitae. Initial submissions should include a description/summary, and should not exceed 5-10 pages; these pages may be from any part of the work - i.e. not necessarily from the beginning. As a general rule, we are only interested in completed manuscripts. However, manuscripts with sample chapters and well-outlined plans are occasionally considered.
We are now accepting submissions of poetry. Especially looking for genius, dashes, dots, and bouts of poetic fury. If you would like your poetry to be considered as a featured or promoted in our Free Reads, please send in 1 - 5 pieces (there are no length guidelines here).
We will consider fiction submissions that have been offered simultaneously to other publications, as long as you make it clear that it is a simultaneous submission and withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
*To address individual short stories: while we are more than happy to consider featuring and promoting select short stories, excerpts, or non-fiction shorts that are not submitted as part of a larger whole (see our Free Reads), these are submitted and/or accepted with the mutual understanding that unless some future contract is negotiated between publisher and author, said submissions shall be treated as and limited to a gratis digital publication - that is to say that while the writer will retain all basic rights to the material in question, no cash remuneration should be expected in exchange for our featuring/promoting these short works on our site.
*On the other hand, author advances and royalties for any accepted full-length manuscript or text is handled on a case by case basis; our publication offers take into consideration our expected printing and marketing costs, the book in question's general integrity and - perhaps most importantly and obviously - its individual excellence.
*All submissions are currently electronic. Please submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org as a double spaced Word or Word compatible file [attached or embedded, with subject line clearly indicating that the email contains a submission.] All submissions MUST be paginated.
We attempt to respond to submissions within 12 weeks, though we are not always able to do so. To check on the status of your submission, send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.
Unlike many publishers of this day and age, we are anxious to help develop writers with unique voices and/or points of view.
Treasure Chest Press is currently seeking short erotic mysteries for a planned anthology.
Submissions may be any reasonable length - see general guidelines below.
MUST have strong erotic AND mystery components.
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