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:

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.

Submission Form

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.


Your full legal name

I have a U.S. Social Security number.
I have an employer identification number for my writing business.
I have an international taxpayer identification number (from the IRS).
I am not a "U.S. person" under U.S. tax law (i.e., I do not have an SSN, EIN or ITIN) but I will suppy a Form W8BEN and accept a 30 percent tax withholding on royalties.

No significant connection
Current resident of the area
Current or former student of a West Michigan college/university
Former resident (for at least five years)

Yes, through a self-publishing collective
Yes, through a publishing company

Yes, thoroughly
Yes, superficially
No, I can't be bothered
You have guidelines?


No -- it's all original and unpublished
No -- it's all original and only small chunks (less than 10 percent of the whole) has been previously published
Yes -- although less than half of it has previously published
Yes -- more than half of it has previously published
Yes -- although this is a non-fiction work and I'm proposing edits to more than 25 percent of the previous version
Yes -- I've previously self-published it (blog, Amazon, etc.)

This is one complete narrative (e.g., a novel or textbook or short story)
This is a collection of smaller works by the same author (short stories, poems, chapbook)
This is a collection of smaller works by different authors (an anthology)

Micro Story or Individual Poem(s) (less than 2,000 words total)
Short Story or Poetry Chapbook (2,000 to 7,500 words total)
Novelette/Poetry Book (7,500 to 15,000 words total)
Novella (15,000 to 30,000 words)
Short Novel (30,000 to 60,000 words)
Standard Novel (60,000 to 90,000 words)
Long Novel (90,000 to 150,000 words)
Epic Novel (more than 150,000 words)
Photo/Art Submission

Fiction - Contemporary
Fiction - Crime/detective
Fiction - Erotica
Fiction - Experimental
Fiction - Fable, myth, fairy tale, legends
Fiction - Fanfiction
Fiction - Fantasy
Fiction - Fusion
Fiction - Historical
Fiction - Horror
Fiction - Humor, satire
Fiction - LGBT themes
Fiction - Magical realism
Fiction - Mystery
Fiction - Realistic/literary
Fiction - Romance
Fiction - Sci-Fi
Fiction - Speculative
Fiction - Suspense/thriller
Fiction - Western
Non-Fiction - Biography/autobiography
Non-Fiction - News & opinion
Non-Fiction - Personal essay & creative non-fiction
Non-Fiction - Reviews
Non-Fiction - Textbook/reference
Other (disclose in notes)
Visual media - Graphic novels, comics, etc.
Visual media - Photos, illustrations, etc.

Files (PDF only, please)

Please attach all three file attachments simultaneously (i.e., multi-select) using the pop-up box for selecting your files. You cannot add them one at a time—only the last-selected file will transmit to us. If you inadvertently forget to add a file, you are welcome to click the link we send to you confirming your submission, to add comments or submit additional files.

You're also welcome to include all the documents in a single file; if you elect this approach, please start each component on a new page.

Cover letter (PDF) attached
Synopsis file (PDF) attached
Sample file (PDF) attached

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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.