CCLaP currently accepts full-length commercial novels or works of creative nonfiction, 60,000 to 120,000 words; novella-sized manuscripts of the same type, 20,000 to 40,000 words; and individual stories and essays for our monthly magazine, ideally 5,000 to 10,000 words. Books are released electronically (PDF, EPUB, Kindle), as a trade paperback, and novels in a special handmade hardback edition. Authors receive 50 percent of all profits to make up for a lack of advance payments.
Please no poetry or children's/YA stories. Special consideration given to work with unique, memorable themes or characters; authors based in Chicago; and speculative stories in the case of the magazine. CCLaP's editors are mostly former creative writers themselves, so we try to make the submission process as easy as possible: all formats are accepted, no special formatting of your manuscript is required, and a synopsis is not necessary if you don't have one. But that said, we greatly prefer receiving submissions as either Microsoft Word or Open Office files (PDFs are discouraged, but will be accepted if no other format is available); a standard synopsis, bio and query letter are always appreciated; and we prefer reading entire manuscripts rather than sample chapters.
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Last updated: August 13, 2014