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Submission Guidelines

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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.

NOTE: after careful consideration, we have decided not to take on previously self-published titles. If you have already published your book in print or as an e-book, we will not be able to take it on, either as a new title or as the book's distributor.

FOR ADULT BOOKS: 

We specialize in nonfiction, but also consider fiction, gift, and other trade titles, including food, humor, and mystery. The adult genres we do not publish include poetry, fantasy, thriller, self-help, craft, erotica, and science fiction.

We prefer paper copies of manuscripts and written submissions. If you are making simultaneous submissions to other publishers, please note this in your query letter.

When sending us a manuscript, you must include the following with your proposal or it will not be considered:
> Cover letter with synopsis and contact information including email address
> Author bio
> Relevant marketing information, including competitive title research
> Publicity and social media contacts

IMPORTANT: We are not able to return manuscripts. Please do not send originals. Do not submit your only copy!

Send written manuscripts/submissions to:
Acquisitions Editor, Adult Trade
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

:: Please do not phone the office or stop by to deliver your manuscript.
:: We will acknowledge receipt by email.
:: We do not respond to status queries.
:: We look at submissions in the order we receive them.
:: 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 six months.

If you are unsure whether or not your manuscript is a good fit for us, please send a query first, including a synopsis, outline, and sample chapter.
Send queries to: submissions@islandportpress.com.

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. 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. If you are not the illustrator, do not send illustrations (yours or someone else’s). If you are making simultaneous submissions to other publishers, please note this in your query letter.

When sending us a manuscript, you must include the following with your proposal or it will not be considered:
> Cover letter with synopsis and contact information including email address 
> A copy of your manuscript
> Author bio 
> Relevant marketing information, including competitive title research
> Publicity and social media contacts

IMPORTANT: We are not able to return manuscripts. Please do not send originals. Do not submit your only copy!

Send written manuscripts/submissions to:
Children's Book Editor
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096

:: Please do not phone the office or stop by to deliver your manuscript.
:: We will acknowledge receipt by email.
:: We do not respond to status queries.
:: We look at submissions in the order we receive them.
:: 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 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 to keep on file, 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. Please send copies (never send originals) to:
Children's Book Editor
Islandport Press
P.O. Box 10
Yarmouth, Maine 04096