Regal House, Fitzroy Books, and Pact Press are open for submissions from authors and literary agents.
Please note that during the Kraken Book Prize for Middle Grade Fiction (Jan 15 - March 15, 2022), Fitzroy Books will only be open to Young Adult submissions. During our Acheven Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction (June 30 - September 30, 2022), Fitzroy Books will only be open to Middle Grade fiction.
During our Regal House contest period (The Petrichor Prize: April 15 - July 15, 2022), Regal House will be closed to general submissions.
Please note that we do not accept multiple submissions, but should we request a full, we commit to providing you with an answer within 12 weeks of receipt of the manuscript.
Before submitting, please first identify the imprint appropriate to your work:
Regal House publishes contemporary and historical literary fiction, memoirs, short story collections via our W.S. Porter Prize, and poetry via our Terry J. Cox Poetry Award.
Fugere Books publishes novellas, with a word count between 17,000 and 40,000 words.
Pact Press publishes nonfiction essays, and anthologies that speak to themes of social justice, immigration, LGBTQ concerns, racism, discrimination, homelessness, and poverty.
Fitzroy Books publishes children's books, middle-grade and young-adult fiction.
We accept only electronic submissions, which will be forwarded to our acquisition editors for careful consideration. We will notify you within three to four weeks if additional chapters are required. Thank you for your interest in Regal House Publishing. The submission fees are nonrefundable so please take the time to make sure your documents are in order prior to submitting and that you are referencing the correct imprint. In your accompanying query, please include: two comparable titles published within the last five years, a one paragraph description of the novel, your author bio, and the novel's word count.
The Regal House Awards Program:
Accepting submissions January 15, 2022 – March 15, 2022 : The Kraken Book Prize for Middle-Grade Fiction
Accepting submissions February 15, 2022 - May 15, 2022: The Fugere Book Prize for Finely Crafted Novellas
Accepting submissions April 15, 2022 – July 15, 2022 : The Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction
Accepting submissions June 30, 2022 – September 30, 2022 : The Acheven Prize for Young Adult Fiction
Accepting submissions September 2, 2022 - November 1, 2022: The W.S. Porter Prize for Finely Crafted Short Story Collections
Accepting submissions from November 23, 2022 – January 31, 2023: Terry J. Cox Poetry Award
Accepting submissions April 15, 2022 – July 15, 2022
Book publication by Regal House Publishing in spring 2024
The Petrichor Prize will be issued to a work of finely crafted fiction.
The editors at Regal House Publishing will announce their longlist on August 31, 2022, and the winner on September 15, 2022.
Submissions are invited only through Submittable or by post mail. We do not have the staff capacity to read or respond to manuscripts that are submitted by fax or email.
*Submission fee: $25
*Please note that, without the submission fee, we would not be able to accept contest submissions, or to offer a $1000 prize to the winner. As Regal House Publishing is a small press with limited staff capacity, contest submission fees allow us to maintain sufficient editorial resources for careful review of each and every manuscript. We understand that submission fees can be difficult to accommodate, but rest assured that because of them, your submission will be carefully read, reviewed, and considered for this prize. Thank you for your understanding.
All physical manuscripts must be mailed (or postmarked) to the below Regal House Publishing address by July 15, 2022. Please be sure to include the entry form and the $25 entry fee with your submission. Send one copy of each manuscript. Make check or money orders payable to Regal House Publishing. Do not pay by cash or credit card.
Download the Entry Form (PDF)
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
Translations, previously published, and collaborative manuscripts are not eligible.
Employees and volunteers of Regal House Publishing, Pact Press, Fitzroy Books or The Regal House Initiative, their partners or spouses, their immediate families, or immediate family of the judge are not eligible.
- Minimum of 100 pages, maximum of 350 pages.
- At least 11pt. font
- The entries will have a blind reading, so please do NOT include name, address and telephone number anywhere in the body of the manuscript. DO include it in the Submittable cover letter form (or if by mail, include a separate cover letter with the above information.
- Do not send artwork or photographs.
- Paginate consecutively and include a table of contents
- Attach publications acknowledgments, if any.
- Please adhere strictly to contest dates. Neither late nor early manuscripts will be accepted.
- Contestants may submit the manuscript elsewhere simultaneously, but must notify Regal House Publishing immediately if a manuscript is accepted by another publisher.
- Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to revise before publication.
- Contestants may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate entry fee and entry form must accompany each manuscript.
Becoming Real: Women Reclaim the Power of the Imagined Through Speculative Nonfiction, edited by Laraine Herring, seeks speculative essay and memoir submissions from women, especially women of color, marginalized groups, and varied socio-economic classes, celebrating, questioning, debating, and integrating the role of their imagined lives on their external lives.
We define speculative memoir/creative nonfiction as: an umbrella genre in which the questions of the author’s work are addressed through speculative elements, which may include ghosts, metaphors, what-ifs, imaginative scenarios, and fantasies. It is memoir/creative nonfiction focused more on the possibilities of the internal world than the facts of the external world.
We are interested in how women relate to the speculative in their lives—how they’ve been told to silence it, how it speaks, how it manifests, how it hides. We’re interested in intergenerational approaches and family tales and ancestral stories and your own complex internal world. You do not have to write a trauma narrative, though you could if that’s what’s calling you. We are more than our trauma, and this anthology seeks to also express those facets.
Send us your weird: hybrid forms, hybrid upon hybrid forms, fairy tales, tales with talking objects, stories of plant and animal magic, all manner of magic and ways of expression. Show us how your engagement with your imagination has impacted your life. Show us your hidden. Show us how intuition, conversations with the dead, the inanimate (as if there were such a thing), and the non-human life forms hold you together. Show us the unexpected ways your unique relationship to the world saved you. Show us your synesthesia. Your imaginary friends. The story that made you Real.
Please don’t send us Aristotle. We’ve read him.
We anticipate most essays will be in 1st person, but other POVs will be considered to allow for freedom in form. Please note that this is not an academic call for papers or a request for reported articles. We are looking for personal speculative creative nonfiction and memoir essays.
Becoming Real will be published by Pact Press, under the auspices of Regal House Initiative, the nonprofit arm of Regal House Publishing, for its Spring 2024 frontlist. Please note this anthology is an act of literary citizenship. 50% of the net revenue from Becoming Real will be donated to Girls Write Now, an organization focused on elevating marginalized voices. Their mission stipulates: For more than two decades, the nationally award-winning nonprofit Girls Write Now has broken down the barriers of gender, race, age, and poverty, elevating the voices of writers who are too often not heard—or worse, silenced.
Pact Press will be donating production costs, such as editing, typesetting, and cover design. Laraine Herring, the editor of the anthology, is donating her time. Contributors will receive one contributor copy, and they will retain all rights to their work.
Essays should be 3000 words or less, and should be in publishable condition. Only light editing will be done. Please include a short bio with your submission. No pitches please, only complete manuscripts. No reprints, and no work that requires permissions (uses of song lyrics, etc).
Submission deadline: June 1, 2022.
Please note that Regal House Publishing is a small press with limited staff capacity, submission fees allow us to maintain sufficient editorial resources for careful review of each and every manuscript. We understand that submission fees can be difficult to accommodate, but rest assured that because of them, your submission will be carefully read, reviewed, and considered by our editorial staff. Thank you for your understanding. Note: Pact Press no longer accepts works of fiction. Please consider submitting to Regal House Publishing (adult fiction) or Fitzroy Books (Middle-Grade and YA).
Please note that Regal House Publishing is a small press with limited staff capacity, submission fees allow us to maintain sufficient editorial resources for careful review of each and every manuscript. We understand that submission fees can be difficult to accommodate, but rest assured that because of them, your submission will be carefully read, reviewed, and considered by our editorial staff. Thank you for your understanding.