POISONED PEN PRESS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS

We generally open submissions once a year. Keep checking our website, and subscribe to our newsletter for updates. The best way to know if your manuscript would be a good fit with us is to check out our current titles.
Before submitting to us, please use the following evaluation criteria to decide if our press is a good match for your manuscript.

 

Due to the high volume of submissions and to marketing realities, we have some restrictions.

  • We do not consider simultaneous submissions.
  • We consider works between 60,000-90,000 words.
  • We do not consider self-published or Print-On-Demand (POD) writers.
  • We seldom consider writers who have been previously published in the mystery genre.

We almost never consider manuscripts which use the following themes as the central focus of the story:

  • Incest
  • Murder of children; child abuse
  • Abuse when it’s a pivotal point or supplied motivation all by itself
  • Serial killers whose point of views are part of the narrative
  • Serial killings or psychopathologies that depend on exceptional gore

Evaluation Criteria

  • Excellence in writing
  • Originality
  • Plotting
  • Voice
  • Setting
  • Character
  • Dialogue