Submission Guidelines


Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books across multiple genres, including literary fiction, human rights, mystery, romance, erotica, LGBTQ studies, sex guides, pulp fiction, and memoirs. 

If you wish to submit a book proposal, please follow the following guidelines:

Digital proposals should be emailed to Please attach a CV, a list of previous publications, and the full manuscript in either MS Word or PDF format. Please also paste the first chapter of the book in the body of the email.

Print proposals can be mailed to:

Attn: Hannah Bennett
Cleis Press
c/o Start Publishing
221 River St, 9th Fl
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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We appreciate your patience in receiving replies. Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we regret that we can only respond if we are interested in seeing more, usually within 8-10 weeks. Please do not call in regard to manuscript submissions. 

Consult our online catalog for a complete listing of our books and to determine whether your work is appropriate for our publishing program.