We are currently closed for submissions. The next open reading period will likely be early 2024. If you’d like to stay informed about upcoming calls for submissions, publications, and events you can sign up for our email list.
Book & Chapbook
Conium Press is a boutique fiction publisher with a limited catalog. We typically work on a single book at a time. Each year’s publishing decisions are determined based on the submission pool, available budget, and editorial workload.
We believe books come in all shapes and sizes. We’ll consider turning a 20-page story into a chapbook. We’ll do a flash collection. Send us that novella. Generally speaking, little books (i.e. chapbooks) have a better shot.
Conium Press leans toward magical realist, surrealist, and experimental fiction. We’re especially interested in work from historically underrepresented voices, including but not limited to LGTBQIA2S+ writers, BIPOC writers, writers with disabilities, and women writers.
To get an idea of what we publish, check out our latest release: Sarah Gerard’s The Butter House. Our next release will be Maria S. Picone’s This Tenuous Atmosphere. Some other authors we like are Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Kim Fu, Amelia Gray, Etgar Keret, R. O. Kwon, Carmen Maria Machado, Rajesh Parameswaran, Karen Russell, and Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
If published, authors receive ten copies and a small honorarium (we’re talking about a few hundred bucks, so don’t quit your day job). We send titles to small press review outlets and larger industry staples (like Kirkus Reviews and Publisher’s Weekly). Previously, our titles have been included on “most anticipated” and “book of the month” lists at Lambda Literary, Write or Die Magazine, Independent Book Review, and other outlets. Titles are distributed through Ingram Book Group and stocked at a handful of participating libraries and bookstores. In short, we do what we can with a small budget and volunteer staff. While our circulation is limited, we can assure that your book will be read by people who love independent literature.
We’re considering unsolicited book and chapbook submissions on a variable schedule. The most recent reading period was held from September 15th through October 15th, 2023. The next open reading period will likely be early 2024. If you’d like to stay informed about upcoming calls for submissions, publications, and events you can sign up for our email list.
Please submit all work using our Submittable page. We do not respond to emailed submissions. If you don’t already have one, you can create a Submittable account for free.
We only consider fiction; no poems or nonfiction, please. Manuscript length is extremely flexible (however, chapbook-length and shorter book-length works fare better than sprawling, maximalist novels).
Upload your manuscript submission as a single file.
In the “Manuscript Summary” field, tell us more about the work.
In the “Biography Statement” field, include a brief third-person bio.
Submissions must be original work. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have appeared in-print or online elsewhere, but the collection as a whole may not have previously appeared in book/chapbook or online form. If individual stories or excerpts have appeared elsewhere, please include an acknowledgements page.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
Please only send one manuscript at a time and wait to hear back before submitting additional manuscripts.