We publish poetry and nonfiction on literary topics. We’re drawn to the author, known or unknown, whose work offers insight and depth, beautiful writing, and the wondrous absorption of reading.

Circling Rivers does not publish fiction, nor do we publish books, including poetry chapbooks, under 76 pages. For nonfiction, we consider works that reflect on the arts, especially literature. (Gertrude m books is a private imprint, not open for submissions.)

If you think your work might be a fit, we would love to take a look. We consider and answer all queries that follow our simple guidelines. Please send via email:

1. Cover letter including:

  • Word count (nonfiction) or page count (poetry) of your work
  • A succinct description of your book.
  • A paragraph about yourself as an author.
  • Link to your website, if you have one.
  • A couple of links to previous publications, if possible.

2. Ten pages of the work you’re submitting, preferably the first 10 pages.

Send everything in the body of the email. NO attachments accepted. If we want to look at your full manuscript we’ll ask.

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

Send your query to Jean Huets.

Again, we consider and answer all queries that follow our simple guidelines. If your submission does not follow our simple guidelines it’s deleted without consideration or response. If you don’t hear back from us in about six weeks, either we never got your query or you didn’t follow the guidelines; please review the guidelines and try again.