Below is our list of frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question here, please feel free to contact us directly!
1.) Are you hiring any editors, proofreaders, etc?
No, we are not hiring at this time (this includes freelancers as well). If this changes, we will list positions on our “Opportunities” page.
2.) Are you hiring book designers?
Currently, we have a dedicated team of freelance designers; however, you are more than welcome to email a link to your portfolio and a cover letter about why you’d like to work with Autumn House. NB: All AHP’s book designers create the covers and interior layouts. We feel this is essential to the book’s aesthetic cohesion.
3.) Do you offer internships?
Autumn House currently offers internships that coincide with the academic calendar and rotate over spring, summer, and fall. Please see our “Opportunities” page for more information and how to apply.
4.) Do you offer remote internships?
In response to COVID-19, we are temporarily offering remote internships.
5.) Are there any volunteer opportunities with Autumn House?
Yes, there several ways to get involved! Please email us your resume and what kind of work you’re interested in doing (ex. marketing, community outreach, etc.)
1.) Am I able to purchase your books online?
Yes. In addition to being available on our website, our books can be purchased on IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and on our distributor’s website. We hope you’ll consider purchasing your AHP title directly from us or our distributor. It’s the best way to support both the press and our authors.
2.) Do you provide examination and/or desk copies?
Yes. Please email our distributor and let them know which title you’re interested in teaching. It is also important you include the university, class, and class size in your request. Detailed ordering information can be found here.
3.) I’m considering reviewing an AHP title. Who should I contact?
Feel free to email our info account requesting a review title. We aim to respond to queries as soon as possible. In your note, please specify if you prefer a digital or physical copy and if you have a review venue in mind.
1.) Do you accept a single poem, short story, and/or essay submissions?
Autumn House Press only publishes full-length books, but please check out our online journal, Coal Hill Review, for guidelines on submitting single pieces.
2.) Who will be reading my submission?
All submissions will be read by members of the Autumn House editorial team, and all submissions are read by at least two readers.
3.) I accidentally submitted my MS with my name on it, what should I do?
Not a problem! Please just email us your updated MS without your name, and we can substitute the document for you.
4.) Do the page–limit guidelines include the table of contents and acknowledgments?
Yes, the guidelines are for the entire manuscript.
5.) My MS is longer than the suggested guidelines. May I still submit it?
We view our page-limit guidelines as a suggestion rather than a hard rule. If your prose book is over 400 pages, that is too long. If your poetry book is over 120 pages, that is too long.
6.) My MS is shorter than the suggested guidelines. May I still submit?
Yes, as long as your prose manuscript is at least 100 pages and your poetry manuscript is 48 pages, then you are welcome to submit.
7.) Can I mail my submission to your office?
We ask that all submissions come through our submission manager, Submittable. However, if this is not possible, you are welcome to mail your submission to the office. We ask that you please call or email us beforehand, so we know to expect that package.
8.) Can I email your submission directly to one of our editors?
No, we do not accept submissions through email.
9.) I can’t pay the submission fee. Can it be waived?
Yes, we will waive the submission fee for anyone undergoing financial hardship or living with limited means. Please reach out, and we’ll step you through the submission process.
10.) Is my work a good fit for Autumn House?
We are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and the best way to know if your work is something we might want to publish is to read one of our books. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.
11.) Should I submit a book proposal with my manuscript?
We evaluate each manuscript we receive on the merit of the writing alone. If you would like to include a proposal or book outline in your cover letter, you may, but we want to emphasize that these are not in any way required.
12.) Can I email you a pitch for my book?
No, at this time, we are only able to accept finished manuscripts during our scheduled reading period.
13.) Can I email you a proposal for an anthology or New and Selected collection?
At this time, we are not accepting any anthology proposals or proposals for New and Selected collections.
14.) Can my agent send a book?
Yes, we accept agented submissions from July to December (while our full-length contests are open, we do not). We also ask that your agent explains in their cover letter why they feel Autumn House is the right fit for your book. Agents NB: at this time, Autumn House does not offer advances.
15.) Can I submit if I know the judge or the editors?
Friends, family members, and former students of judges or Autumn House editors may not submit to the contest. Students do not include interactions at short-term residencies or fellowships. We strive to run our contests ethically and subscribe to CLMP’s guidelines. We encourage you to reach out if you are uncertain whether your past relationship with a judge or member of the Autumn House staff might constitute a conflict of interest.
16.) Do you accept translated works?
We are currently unable to accept works in translation.
17.) Do you accept international submissions?
We welcome work from international writers, though they must be submitted in English.
18.) If my book was published by a press and has now gone out of print, is it eligible?
Yes, please reach out to us directly to discuss this.
19.) Do you accept self-published books?
Yes, we will consider previously self-published books. Please feel free to submit the manuscript through our open call period or to the appropriate contest.
20.) If a poem, short story, essay, etc. from my book has been published in a magazine, journal, etc., is my book still eligible?
Yes! Even if every single short story, essay, poem has been published in journals or magazines, you are still able to submit it.
21.) Do you have a font preference?
Yes, a legible serif font (ex. Times New Roman, Garamond, Perpetua) that is at least 11 points in size.
22.) Should my work be single- or double-spaced?
For prose manuscripts, we do ask that you double-space for ease of reading. We suggest poetry manuscripts be single-spaced unless spacing is important to the form.
23.) Do you publish genre work?
Autumn House does not publish genre work; however, this certainly doesn’t mean your book can’t have elements of mystery, fantasy, romance, etc.
24.) Do you publish YA or children’s books?
Autumn House does not publish any YA or children’s books. While we value books created for a younger generation, our books are meant for an adult audience.
25.) Do you accept hybrid texts?
Yes, we accept hybrid texts. If you are submitting to the full-length contests, please pick the genre that most aligns with the manuscript’s work. The open call period is also a great time to submit a hybrid text.
26.) Do you accept co-authored works?
Yes, as long as all parties are submitting.
27.) Do you offer feedback for authors?
Unfortunately, no. As much as we’d love to offer personal feedback on the work we receive, the staff is too small at this time to do so.
28.) Am I able to submit more than one manuscript?
Yes, you can submit as many as you’d like, but you will be required to pay a reading fee for each.