IMPORTANT: We read and respond only to queries that comply with our simple guidelines.

Thank you for considering Circling Rivers as a home for your work. Please review “More information for writers” below. If you think your work might be a fit, please send via email:

1. Cover letter including:

  • Word count and category (genre) of your work
  • A succinct description of your book, like jacket copy, written in a way that would draw a total stranger to read it. (Helpful but not required: Name two or three published books that compare to yours.)
  • One paragraph about yourself. A few thoughts on how you plan to find readers for your book.

2. For fiction & nonfiction: Synopsis of your book, from beginning to end, 500 words maximum.

3. Ten pages of the work you’re submitting, preferably the first 10 pages. Nonfiction only: The sample can be a link to another work already published.

Send everything in the body of the email. NO attachments accepted.

The subject line should read: QUERY: your last name, the title of your work.

Send your query to Jean Huets. We consider and answer all queries, except for those that don’t follow our simple guidelines. If you don’t hear back from us in about six weeks, please review the requirements and try again.

More information for writers…

We are open to English-language fiction and nonfiction set primarily in North America, and poetry set anywhere. We welcome novella-length fiction, long-form nonfiction, short story and poetry collections, and books on crafts and food. If you are an anthologist, send us your concept. (NOTE: gertrude m books is not presently open to submissions except by request.)

We are not seeking category children’s, MG, or YA. Love stories and speculative fiction are welcome, but we’re not seeking category science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, or erotica.

Circling Rivers is a small, fledgling press. This impacts our authors in several ways. We offer modest advances, and we don’t have a dedicated sales force and publicity department. We won’t take on a book we can’t sell, and we don’t expect writers to be marketing experts, but each author must be involved in getting the word out about his or her work.

We plan to grow thoughtfully, with the understanding that a small press must build a reputation not only among readers and reviewers, but among writers. We’re drawn to the author, known or unknown, whose work offers insight and depth, beautiful writing, and the wondrous absorption of reading. We’re not interested in emulating large publishers, with star, mid-list, and “maybe” writers, or small presses that sign books indiscriminately, knock them through production, then let them sink or swim. Each writer who publishes with Circling Rivers gets our full respect and focus, and the benefit of our skills in all aspects of publishing.

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