Now Accepting Your Submission
Problematic Press is a modest operation with limited resources. Our aim is to publish 1-2 books per year going forward.
Our titles are published as paperbacks and ebooks that are distributed through retailers and libraries both online and around the world.
Problematic Press is pleased to make this an open call for submissions.
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- DEADLINE: Open and ongoing, so submit whenever.
- We are interested in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Final drafts should be 20,000-39,999 words.
- Responses will be sent to applicants within two months.
- Read the rest of this page thoroughly to get all the details.
We invite pitches from interested authors with titles intended for future publication, generally within the next year or two.
Provided the writing demonstrates exceptional mastery of English, we are open to considering original works from any person residing anywhere within Canada and legally entitled to work and earn income within Canada. However, we very much prefer to work with local creators in the St. John’s region of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This preference is stated outright.
Understand that any licensing agreement that may result from submitting your pitch represents an investment in you as well as your book. Beyond that, you must maintain a public persona that the publisher is excited to endorse. Liabilities will not be tolerated.
Expect this process to be lengthy, rigorous, and arduous. Our authors and artists thrive when challenged, and they have the dedication and patience required to persevere.
Before and after publication, all authors and artists are encouraged to pursue external funding opportunities, such as federal, provincial, and municipal grants. The timing of such opportunities will have an impact on the timeline of publication. That is understandable, and we are flexible enough to work within such a schedule for our grant-winning authors.
If this sounds thrilling to you, then dare to proceed.
Otherwise, turn back now, saving each of us a lot of time.
Problematic Press embodies the way of the MERCANARY™, our trademark sells-word chimæra.
In that spirit, we are excited to receive pitches for book-length works (20,000 words to 39,999 words in length) in a variety of genres.
The key to a winning pitch is that it is high-quality, daring excitement, but — above all — it must be an achievable goal for each of us, from revising to editing to promotion to publication and to promotion again.
Do you feel up for it?
Do not pitch a series.
Do you have a completed draft of your manuscript?
Turn back now.
You may continue.
Do you still feel up for it?
This is a test.
You are encouraged to come to this well-prepared.
Consider gaining experience and levelling up before you continue.
If you’re still here, you’re doing well.
What Problematic Press Wants
Problematic Press is only interested in pitches for hitherto unpublished anywhere original works of literature, and we are happy to consider such original works that fall within or near the following areas:
💥 scholarly non-fiction (literature, philosophy, semiotics, arts, humanities);
💥 substantial poetry (as in a collection of poems, a lengthy narrative poem, an epic, etc.);
💥 literary short fiction collections;
💥 sci-fi and fantasy short fiction collections;
💥 genre-bending short fiction collections;
💥 literary novellas;
💥 sci-fi and fantasy novellas;
💥 wuxia action novellas;
💥 retro-present novellas;
💥 retro-future novellas;
💥 pulp-styled space operas as novellas;
💥 cyber-noir detective novellas;
💥 kaiju conflict novellas;
💥 fit-to-print erotic novellas;
💥 genre-bending novellas;
💥 and, high seas adventure novellas.
Remember: do not pitch a series. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, right?
Before completing the submission form below, take the time to collect your materials and make this the best pitch that you can muster.
Touch up that draft you have there, think about how to best frame your pitch, dream of the writerly life, and then update your resume (or C.V.).
The Form of Your Submission
DEADLINE: Open and ongoing, so submit whenever.
Kindly review the criteria and fill out each of the required fields below.
Interested persons may submit more than a single pitch, but you must complete this form separately for each submission.
For writing samples, resumes, and so on, it is worthwhile to tweak your formatting to its simplest state before pasting it into the fields below, because the form will erase much of the special formatting.
Responses will be emailed to applicants within two months.