Like our magazine, our books divisions’ only focus is creative nonfiction. We’re enthusiastically looking for compelling work in the following categories:

  • Memoirs
  • Essay collections
  • Literary journalism
  • Travel writing
  • Craft books
  • Creativity books

If you have something you think fits, you may view submission guidelines and/or query or submit your proposal here (reopens Nov. 1).

In addition to books by individual authors, we publish the occasional anthology. Calls for submissions will be listed on this page, below the guidelines and process headings, if there are open calls.

What we don’t publish: We’re not looking for fiction, academic titles or nonfiction related to self-help, religion/spirituality (although memoirs that hint at these are OK), or politics.

Submission Guidelines & Details

Here’s what we’re looking for submission-process wise – submissions not following these guidelines (such as without an official query) will not be reviewed:

  • Memoirs – send a query + first three chapters
  • Essay collections, including travel essays  – send query + three essays
  • Literary journalism – submit query + first three chapters OR proposal, as we’ll entertain strongly developed ideas that may not yet be completed projects
  • Creativity books – submit proposal
  • Craft books – submit proposal

What we’re looking for in our authors: It’s worth noting that we’re especially interested in working with authors who have an established social media presence and are comfortable with (or open to) digital branding and tools; we’re also looking to partner with compassionate and passionate authors who value literary citizenship and are active in their communities, writing-related or otherwise.

Response time: We’ll try to respond to queries and proposals within six months.

Submit your query, sample content, and/or proposal here (open through 3/1).

Our Process (What Authors Can Expect)

Hippocampus’ books division is looking forward to establishing lasting relationships with our authors and working together to bring new titles into the world and into the hands of readers. Here are some details about what to expect from our press:

Volume: During our first few years, we’ll publish 2-3 titles per year, which means the selection process is highly competitive.

Marketing Support: Our authors can expect promotional support from our books division; we’ll work with individual authors to build a custom marketing plan for each title.

Production and Design: We will provide professional cover and interior book design, and will consult with author on look and feel of book.

Royalties: Our authors will receive 20% of sales.

Coming soon – more details about our production process and distribution.

Current Anthology Calls

Greasy Spoon: Essays on Bottomless Coffee, Homefries & Pie (and Other Things We Love About Roadside Diners) – Deadline Jan. 16 –  get more details here.

[Update on in-progress anthology projects: Air: A Radio Anthology is slated for an early 2018 release; we’re currently in the selection process and plan to announce contributors by March 1.]