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: Publisher
Cleis Press and Viva Editions
c/o Start-Publishing
101 Hudson St. 37th Floor, Suite 3705
Jersey City, NJ 07302

If you would like to submit to the next Best Women's Erotica of the Year volume, click here

If you would like to submit to the next Big Book of Submission, click here. 

If you would like to submit to Raised By Unicorns: True Stories of People Who Grew Up With LGBT Parents, click here

We appreciate your patience in receiving replies; we ask that you allow eight to ten weeks for a reply. Please DO NOT call the office regarding your submission, if interested we will contact you directly. We also do not take calls regarding manuscripts that have not yet been submitted.

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