What genres do you publish?
We are open to content submitted under General Fiction/Literature, but we are specifically interested in the following genres:
Historical Fiction/Alternate History
We currently do not consider work in Fantasy or Young Adult genres.
We are open to content submitted under General Non-Fiction, but we are specifically interested in the following genres:
Essays (book-length collection)
We currently do not consider work in the Academic Research genre.
How is Chaleur Press affiliated with Chaleur Magazine?
Chaleur Magazine is a publication owned and operated by Chaleur Press. A good amount of our engagement with the literary and artistic communities is facilitated through the publication. The magazine is one of our efforts to give back to communities as its print issues function as fundraisers for non-profit organizations.
Why do you charge submission fees?
Small, independent publishers often use submission fees to help keep the lights on and fund ambitious projects. Book proposals and submissions to our anthology series are accepted with a small reading fee, this helps us manage operating costs and offer appropriate compensation to the creators who contribute to our anthologies.
How do does your manuscript submission process work?
Our 2019 reading period is from February 22, 2019 - May 22, 2019. Writers interested in publishing their work with Chaleur Press or pitching their book concepts must complete the following:
Write a proposal according to Press guidelines
If applicable: prepare a 10-page sample according to Press guidelines
Prepare an up-to-date resume according to Press guidelines
Submit resume, proposal, sample, and submission fee via Submittable
View Press guidelines on submitting manuscripts here.
Do you ever solicit authors for manuscripts?
YES. We often receive recommendations of writers to keep track of from Chaleur Magazine. We occasionally send solicitations to those who have submitted work to past and current issues. Whether or not submitted work is accepted to Chaleur Magazine has limited impact on whether a writer will be solicited.
Do you pay authors an advance?
NO, we currently do not pay out advances. If we determine that we can provide a suitable home for an author’s work, we cover the costs of editing, formatting, cover design, distribution, and promotion to give a book the best chance of success. Outside of our submission fees, we do not charge our authors for any part of the publishing process. Authors are paid royalties based on book sales as outlined in their contracts.
Do you provide editorial feedback for submissions?
YES. The earlier you submit your work for consideration during our reading periods, the more in-depth feedback we are able to provide for your work. Please be advised that feedback should not be taken as an empirical evaluation of your work, all our editors are imperfect and opinionated human beings.
Do I need to have an agent to be considered for publication?
NO. Since many first-time authors do not have representation, we do not require this for your work to be considered for publication. We prefer to speak directly with you anyway.
What is the Editing Queue?
The Editing Queue is the order in which manuscripts are received by the Editors’ Desk for editing. To keep the cost of the service low and turn-around times reliable, a limited amount of slots in the Queue are made available. After submitting their down-payment and manuscript, writers are informed via email of their manuscript’s position in the Queue. The Queue has an estimated turn-around time of 30 days.