We welcome odd and unexpected stories, masterfully crafted with the love of language in mind. We don’t have an automated confirmation receipt, but we read each letter with the utmost attention and will do our best to respond personally. 

PLEASE NOTE: The submission period for 2022 is closed.

How to submit your email query to us:

  • Make sure we publish the type of book you’ve written. A speculative element is a must.
  • Please make sure you are submitting a novel or a short story collection (80-110K words), rather than a novella (under 50K).
  • In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your novel.
  • Address your query to our acquisitions editor, Cate Hendrickson, and email to editor (at) anankepress (dot) com
  • In the body of the email, include a one-page synopsis of your story, and the first three chapters of your novel or the first fifty pages, whichever is more. Please DO NOT email any attachments in your query, they will not be opened.
  • We DO accept simultaneous submissions. Since we are a young small press, we are not yet able to pay advances, so if you can sign with a larger house who can offer you an advance on your work, go with our blessing. If you decide to allow us to publish your novel, we take care of the cover, layout, printing, distribution and marketing —all at zero cost to you—as well as offer royalties above industry standard. That said, the reality of today’s world is that bookselling is not the most profitable business, neither for us nor for you, so the most significant reward from publishing a book, rather than financial gain, is having the actual book out there in the world.
  • We respond to EVERY query, but please be patient: as a rule, we send out our response at the end of our submission period after we stop accepting new queries for the year.
Ananke Press reserves the right to accept or deny any submission based upon any subjective or objective consideration. Rights to all works remain those of the author until a contract is accepted. If selected, a contract will be offered before any work is published. Terms of advances, royalties, and other considerations will be negotiated on an individual and confidential basis. All cover art, title designs, marketing material, etc. are copyright Ananke Press.