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 30, 2021), Fitzroy Books will only be open to Young Adult submissions. During our Acheven Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction (June 30 - September 30, 2021), Fitzroy Books will only be open to Middle Grade fiction.

During our Regal House contest period (The Petrichor Prize: April 15 - July 15, 2021), 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.

Pact Press publishes fiction, 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.

The Regal House Awards Program:

 Accepting submissions January 15, 2021 – March 30, 2021 : The Kraken Book Prize for Middle-Grade Fiction

 Accepting submissions April 15, 2021 – July 15, 2021 : The Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction

 Accepting submissions June 30, 2021 – September 30, 2021 : The Acheven Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Accepting submissions September 1, 2021 - November 1, 2021: The W.S. Porter Prize for Finely Crafted Short Story Collections

 Accepting submissions from November 23, 2021 – January 31, 2021: Terry J. Cox Poetry Award

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.


The 2022 Terry J. Cox Poetry Award 

The Terry J. Cox Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poetry collection, while also honoring the founder’s late father who held a lifelong  love of poetry.

Accepting submissions from November 15, 2021 – January 31, 2022

Winner Receives: Poetry publication by Regal House Publishing in 2024 in paperback and $1000 honorarium

The editors at Regal House Publishing will select their top five entries as finalists, and our judge (to be determined) will pick the winner on April 15, 2022.

Eligibility:

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.

Individual poems in the submitted manuscript may have been published  previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or  self-published books, but these poems must be submitted as part of an  original manuscript and the author must retain copyright of the work.

Translations 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.

  Manuscript Format:

  • Minimum of 48 pages, maximum of 100 pages of poetry
  • At least 11pt. font
  • The entries will have a blind reading, so please do NOT include  name, address, email address, and telephone number anywhere in the body of the  manuscript. DO include it in the Submittable cover letter form
  • 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.





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. 

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. 


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.