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Submission Guidelines

EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS
We do accept and review unsolicited completed manuscripts as well as agented submissions. We will not accept or review a project based on a query only. 

Please read our catalog closely when considering whether to submit a book. We are a regional publisher. We publish books about the Northeast. Submissions should reflect a New England sensibility and primarily be set in and tell stories about this region, as well as characterize their culture and people.

For more information about sending queries to Islandport Press, please read our "Top Ten Tips" on how to submit a manuscript.

FOR ADULT BOOKS: 
We specialize in non-fiction, but also consider fiction, gift, and other trade titles, including food, art, humor, and novelty. 

The adult genres we do not publish include poetry, fantasy, thriller, self-help, erotica, and science fiction. If you are unsure whether or not your manuscript is a good fit for us, please send a query first. We prefer to work directly with authors, but we do accept manuscripts from agents. 

Please do not phone the office!

Send e-query/electronic manuscript to: submissions@islandportpress.com. 
Send written queries and submissions to:
Acquisitions Editor, Adult Trade
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096 

When sending us a manuscript, please include the following with your proposal:
> Cover letter with synopsis and contact information
> Author bio
> Relevant marketing information, including competitive title research
> Publicity and social media contacts

FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS: 
We will consider picture books, story books, middle grade chapter books, and young adult titles. For middle grade and YA titles, you must submit a completed manuscript as well as a one-page synopsis of the book. We are not currently publishing poetry or early readers. As with our adult titles, all our children's books have New England sensibilities, and we do prefer to work with authors and illustrators who are connected to New England or the Northeast United States. 

We prefer paper copies of manuscripts and written submissions (please do not submit children's books by e-mail). If you are submitting a children's book that you have illustrated, please include copies of your illustrations, but keep in mind that if we accept your manuscript, we still may decide to choose our own illustrator. 

When sending us a manuscript, please include the following with your proposal:
> Cover letter with the date and contact information
> Author bio
> A copy of your manuscript
> Relevant marketing information, including competitive title research
> Publicity and social media contacts

If you want your manuscript returned, you MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage. Remember to include your contact information including e-mail address (we will acknowledge receipt of your query by e-mail). If you are making simultaneous submissions to other publishers, please note this in your query letter. Again, we can not guarantee the return of your manuscript. Please do not submit your only copy! 

Send material to:
Acquisitions Editor, Children's / YA 
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

We receive a large number of manuscripts, so once you have submitted yours, we ask that you please be patient. We do our best to reply within three to six months.

FOR ISLANDPORT MAGAZINE:
We are not currently accepting submissions for Islandport Magazine

ILLUSTRATOR GUIDELINES 
We are committed to supporting artists who live and/or work in New England. We are always interested in seeing work from new illustrators. If you would like to send us samples of your portfolio, please send us copies (never send originals) to: 
Melissa Kim, Senior Editor, Children's Books
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

Please include a cover letter, artist bio, and full contact information including your e-mail address. You are also welcome to send a CD or send a link to an online portfolio.