Submission Guidelines


Our goal is to publish a limited number of titles annually. We aim to produce well-made books, with an eye to the aesthetics of design, giving each project the careful attention required to make the publishing experience rewarding for the writer and the students and book professionals engaged in the process.

Stillhouse is currently reading for novel-length fiction and poetry, driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition.
No conventional genre fiction, please.

** Please note: We are
not currently reading for short story collections; manuscript submissions that do not meet current submission guidelines will be automatically declined.**

  • We take time in considering all of our submissions and ask that you at least 6 months for a staff response.

  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and synopsis or overview of the work.

  • Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, on-line presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their submission.

  • We accept both prose and poetry, and our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 and 100,000 words for prose, or 50-75 pages for poetry.

  • All attachments should be in either PDF or Word.doc formats.

  • Submissions may be made through our submissions manager (link below). Paper and email submissions are not accepted.

  • There is a $10 fee/submission.