UPDATED GUIDELINES: Dzanc's annual contests are not currently open. In the meantime, if you're familiar with the work we publish and feel your manuscript might fit with our aesthetic, feel free to submit it as a general submission. (Link below.)

For any questions about the contests or our submissions policy, please email michelle@dzancbooks.org. We look forward to reading your work.

Dzanc Books publishes innovative literary fiction and nonfiction—including recent titles from Carmiel Banasky, Robert Coover, Lindsey Drager, Mark Dunn, William Gay, Chrissy Koloya, Lee Martin, George Singleton, to name a few—and is currently looking for exciting new titles.    

Before submitting to Dzanc, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the type of work we publish by browsing through our upcoming and backlist titles. The styles and forms may vary, but there are a few types of books we won't be considering. This includes genre fiction (sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc.), children's books or YA. We are also unable to consider any works that have been previously released, including self-published titles.

With that in mind, here are a few ground rules to follow when submitting your book:

1) Please include a synopsis of the work as well as a brief author bio.

2) You should enclose the complete manuscript (.doc or .docx, please no .PDFs) free of page numbers, headers, or footers.

3) Make sure to check back frequently for new entry dates and deadlines.

Finally, due to the high volume of submissions, the review process may take up to six months or longer. Each manuscript is carefully considered, with many of the strongest candidates receiving several reads. We apologize in advance and thank you kindly for your patience and consideration. Most of all, we thank you for your interest in publishing with Dzanc Books.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at  info@dzancbooks.org. 

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