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Please read carefully! We have a delicate system, like a pile of loose stones, and we can't handle a thrown rock.

We are currently on hiatus for acquisition of new titles. WE WILL BE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO ANY QUERIES OR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Please stay tuned, or watch for an announcement on NewPages, should we open submission period again. For now, we've got enough to work with well in 2016... so it will be a while.

Until then, we encourage you to submit your work to other small (and large) presses. You've got to keep at it. We're rooting for you.

Even though we are closed for submissions, you might find the following useful should you decide to submit with Cairn Press (or hell... anyone).

For us, we look for prose that rises off the page, characters that infect our dreams, stories that alter us.  If you have a manuscript that can only be identified as literary or mainstream fiction (no genre please) and has taken you years to write and is quite good, please send a kind email to editor [at] cairnpress.com with "submission" in your subject line. We will need the following two files attached as a .doc/.docx/.pdf/.rtf files in order to consider your work:

  • A one-page query
  • The opening twenty pages

If you do not submit as requested, we will be unable to respond to your submission.

Please check back or sign up to our mailing list to hear about open submissions, new releases, and other news of the small press world.

Please give us at least two months to respond.

We no longer accept snail-mail submissions.

Please do not query regarding young adult or genre manuscripts. There are many publishers specifically geared for such markets.

Thank you.


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