Submission Guidelines

Prairie Owl Publishing only publishes original works of fiction. Our general guidelines are as follows:

♦ Your story must be original
♦ You must have a completed, full-length project (minimum word count dependant on genre and project; please see specific guidelines below)
♦ We do NOT require that you are currently working with a literary agent
♦ We accept simultaneous submissions

*Please note: We do not publish short stories or novellas outside of specific projects, unless the author plans to publish at least one full-length novel in the same genre with us

To submit your manuscript, send an e-mail to us with the subject of "QUERY: [Your project's title]" Please include your full name, a short bio, the complete word-count of your manuscript, and a brief synopsis or description of your proposed book.

Please be aware that we will only respond to the queries of those works which we are interested in reviewing. If we are interested in reviewing your manuscript, we will send you instructions for submitting the first three (3) chapters. Please allow up to 4 weeks for us to reply to your query.

If you currently have more than one manuscript finished, please only submit the one (1) you are most excited about. We will only review one manuscript per author at a time.

For project specific guidelines, please review the following open calls for submissions.

Fantasy Procedural Anthology

Fantasy meets mystery in this anthology of short stories.

♦ Stories should be between 5,000 and 7,500 words long
♦ Stories must include both fantastical elements and a mystery to be solved
♦ Each author may submit up to three (3) short stories for inclusion in the anthology. Please include the synopsis of all three short stories in the same message
♦ Authors may submit to this project and another POP project simultaneously

Stand Alone Science Fiction

Whether it's a sweeping Space Opera, or an exploration of humanity's journey to the stars, POP would like to hear about your sci-fi novel.

♦ Minimum of 95,000 words
♦ Must include at least one of the following themes/components:
     ♦ Futuristic technology/
         science advancements
     ♦ Space travel/exploration
     ♦ Alien races
     ♦ Artificial Intelligence

♦Preference will be given to novels with diverse characters

General Genre Fiction

If submitting a manuscript that does not fit within one of the current Projects, please follow these genre-specific requirements.

♦ 80,000 to 100,000 words
Science Fiction
♦ 80,000 words or more
♦ 65,000 to 90,000 words
♦ No more than one (1) explicit sex scene
♦ 70,000 words or more
♦ Pre-1900s only
♦ 75,000 to 90,000 words
Young Adult
♦ 50,000 to 85,000 words
♦ Fade-to-black only
♦ 60,000 to 95,000 words