ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS CLOSED.
QUERIES ACCEPTED YEAR-ROUND FOR SINGLE-AUTHORED COLLECTIONS. If the editor then invites you to send the manuscript, whether electronically or by post, there is a nonrefundable $20 reading fee, with no guarantee of publication. Reading an entire book takes time, as does printing, etc. Rest assured, however, that I will not waste your money or my time asking for a manuscript that does not sound like a complete book yet or does not jibe with HCP’s current publication interests.
General Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Writers: HCP is totally biased in favor of connection, a very individual perspective, whether as a memoir or as autobiographical poetry. In other words, get personal. Writing about your trip to Arizona is far more interesting than writing about your recurring dreams of visiting Japan.
Send a short e-mail cover letter, just a paragraph or two, summarizing your future book’s theme, style, message, etc. A longer, formal book proposal is neither necessary nor desired. Let your work speak for itself. Pay the fee on PayPal and attach a Word document of the entire manuscript to your e-mail cover letter.*
Social commentary within a memoir is wonderful, but it must be within the context of telling a personal story. No journalistic distance pieces or fiction will be considered.
*You may also opt to mail the manuscript with a US postal money order.
Visual artists are encouraged to submit their work for future book covers. Payment at this time is a contributor’s copy of the final book and free publicity. All artwork must contain the image of a Black woman (or girl) or of Black women, reflecting us in a positive light. A bio is not required unless your cover is selected. Query first, with a link to your website if you have one; unsolicited attachments will not be opened. Do not send a resume of any type.