For fiction, short story collections, and essay collections, please submit full manuscripts. For nonfiction, please submit a query first and a full proposal upon request. Please note we only accept manuscripts and proposals via Submittable. 

The review process for submissions can take 3-4 months, or longer in some instances. We understand what it’s like to await a response, and we appreciate your patience. Phone calls, emails, or letters of inquiry will not hasten the process.

for fiction, short story collections, memoir, and essay/poetry collections.

Along with your manuscrtip, iclude all of the following items in a single Word document:

  • A brief synopsis of your book (1-2 paragraphs; i.e. “the pitch”)
  • A detailed outline/synopsis of the full manuscript, covering all major plot, character, and thematic developments. (i.e. ALL the spoilers)
  • How your submission fits with the mission and values of Torrey House Press
  • Your bio, plus any additional information we should know about your background, expertise, network, public profile, etc. 
  • Marketing and readership development information such as: 
    • Your target audience (be specific)
    • Comparable titles that illustrate the reader’s experience of your manuscript
    • Any special publicity/sales potential (e.g. events where attendees will be interested in you as a speaker)


for nonfiction

Please submit a one- or two-page overview of your book idea along with information about yourself, why you are qualified to write on the subject, who your audience is, and how you propose to market your work. If we think there is a reasonable chance that we might pursue your book, we will request a full proposal.



for nonfiction, upon request

Include the following items in a single Word document:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • A preliminary table of contents
  • A one- or two-paragraph summary of each chapter
  • Marketing research such as:
    • Descriptions of other books on the same or similar topic and an explanation of why your book is different
    • Any special sales potential
    • Events where attendees will be interested in you as a speaker
    • Your target audience (be specific)
  • Biographical material, expanded from that in the query letter
  • Any completed sample chapters

Thank you for your interest in Torrey House Press.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.