Jolly Fish Press is open to submissions during the following reading periods. Submissions sent outside of these periods will be deleted unread.

  • February-March
  • June-July
  • October-November

Authors and agents are welcome to submit queries for acquisition consideration. To have Jolly Fish Press consider your book for publication, please provide the following two items:

  1. A query letter (in the body of the e-mail) including:
    • A brief 1-3 paragraph plot synopsis
    • A short bio mentioning your previous publications and writing credentials
    • 3-5 comparative books published within the last 5 years with an explanation of how your book both ties into a trend in the genre and offers something unique
    • Your e-mail address and phone number
  2. The first three chapters of your book in an attached Word document

Send these materials to submit@jollyfishpress.comThe subject line should be the working title of your book.

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will not be reviewed.

Please do not mail hard copies to our office. We only accept electronic submissions. Hard copies will not be returned.


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