Thank you for considering Caffeinated Press as a potential publishing partner.
Please use the form, below, to pitch us. Before you dive into the submission process, however, we recommend that you browse the following FAQ articles. Considered together, these FAQ articles constitute our editorial guidelines for querying for standard long-form (novels, textbooks, poetry collections) works. Please view the separate pages for information specific to our semiannual literary journal, The 3288 Review, and our annual house anthology, Brewed Awakenings; a list of relevant FAQs for these markets appears below.
Items of note in general, and specifically for long-form submissions:
- Basic submission requirements—query completed fiction; send proposals for non-fiction; U.S. tax law governs
- What we accept—pretty much anything
- Non-literary contributions—are welcome to The 3288 Review
- Content considerations—we’re open to a lot, but…
- Style conventions—based on A.P. and Chicago, and fairly conservative
- Quality of submitted drafts—first drafts make us cry
- How to query—basic mechanics of submitting to us
- Review timelines—how long it’ll take for us to respond
- Query evaluation process—some insight into the sausage making
- Expectations of contracted authors—be chill, be nice, be professional
- Working with agents—yes, we do
- Pay to publish—never, never, never
- Reading fees & submission tools—no reading fees; no Submittable
- Author compensation—short-form stuff (anthology, lit journal) gets a license fee; long-form stuff (novels, textbooks) gets percent of net revenue
- Assignment of rights—we only license English print rights in the countries we elect to distribute
- Work for hire—only if we spec it first then formally commission it
- Multiple & simultaneous submissions—allowed, but inadvisable
- Resubmissions—usually welcome
- Reprints—are generally not accepted
- Email & postal submissions—are welcome if you give us the same info that the online form requires
You should also check out a reflection about working with us, to assess whether we’re culturally aligned to be effective partner and to get a feel for our review criteria. We always respond, even to rejections, with a list of our reasons why we’ve declined the query. However, queries that are significantly out-of-conformance with our editorial protocol may receive a (terse) form rejection.
If you submit to The 3288 Review, you should read the FAQ articles about our publishing focus, defining “West Michigan,” our reading and publication schedule, what we accept, sending books for review, content considerations, compensation, rights assignment, submission procedures, pseudonyms and F’ing the ineffable.
If you submit to Brewed Awakenings, you should read the FAQ articles about our reading window and reading fees, who can submit, what can be submitted, licensing and rights, themes and word counts, submission procedures, pseudonyms and timelines for accepted submissions.
This form interfaces with our internal helpdesk/ticketing system. Please select:
- Query to pitch us a long-form project.
- Submission to “The 3288 Review” for our semiannual journal of arts and letters.
- Submission to “Brewed Awakenings” for our annual house anthology.
If you select any other reason than one of the three bullets listed above to the “what’s your pitch?” question that immediately follows, review of your submission will be delayed. We apologize that you have to follow this procedure; we use a great ticketing system, but this quirk is its only real defect.
When your submission has been transmitted, you’ll be taken to a fresh landing page and you’ll receive an email summarizing your query. Please keep that email. It contains a link to the ticket for your submission. You are welcome to reply to that ticket, either through our website or by email, to correspond with us about your query. We cannot respond to your inquiries about your submission through any other mechanism other than through a new message lodged through that ticket.
We wish you the best on your life-long journey as an author or poet.