Submissions

If you are (particularly) new to TRUTH SERUM PRESS, please read this entire page. It is not long, and will prove invaluable if you proceed with submitting to us.

 

What is TRUTH SERUM PRESS currently accepting?

Full length manuscripts  –  Yes … we have opened for submissions for full length manuscripts, from June 1st to July 31st 2019.

Short stories, essays and poetry for a collection  –  No. Submissions for Stories My Gay Uncle Told Me are now closed … submissions for Indigomania (poetry only) will open later in 2019 (some time in September) but the official date is yet to be announced.

 

(1) General full length manuscript submissions are now open again. We will be open for manuscript submissions from June 1st to July 31st 2019.

(2) If from June 1st 2019 to July 31st 2019 you want to submit your manuscript to us, please note: we don’t want to waste your time and we don’t want to waste ours, so please don’t email us your manuscript. Instead, email us a précis or synopsis of your book (maximum, a page). If we are interested once we have read the précis or synopsis, we will contact you and ask you to send more.

Our email address is truthserumpress@live.com.au.

(3) Submissions for our next multi-author anthology – Indigomania  – will open some time in September. (Sorry, poetry only for this one.)

 

What does TRUTH SERUM PRESS publish?

We publish novels, novellas and short story collections by single authors.

We no longer publish poetry collections by single authors. Unless we have already had discussions with you about publishing your poetry collection, then sorry: we are not interested in publishing poetry collections we have not already committed to.

At times, we publish multi-author anthologies, for which we accept short stories, short essays, and poetry … but there is no current submission call for multi-author anthologies.

If you wish to submit a non-fiction work, our sister press Everytime Press specialises in resource, history, how-to, reference, travel and other non-fiction books, so you may wish to look there by clicking here.

 

What if I think TRUTH SERUM PRESS might be interested in my novel, novella or short story manuscript, when submissions open again … ?

If you plan to submit a short story collection, novel or novella, scroll below …

 

(1) While we recognise this may sound excessively restrictive, the books we publish MUST be 130 printed pages long. (That’s not 130 A4 pages, but 130 printed pages.) So if your book is well short of that, we will not be able to consider it.

(2) If your manuscript is equal to 130 printed pages (and this includes title, copyright and intro pages, etc), it’s best if you

• email us a paragraph or two about the plot or style of your manuscript, if it’s a novel or novella;

• email a story or two, about 10 pages, if it’s a short story collection.

(3) Include the words ‘Submission query’ in the Subject of your email, so we’ll instantly know what you’re wanting to know, and send to truthserumpress@live.com.au.

(4) If you have queries about author contracts, click here

 

What else should I know about working with TRUTH SERUM PRESS?

We value our relationships with writers, so if you are cold canvassing and have not worked with us before, we will be sceptical.

Many writers who submit to TRUTH SERUM PRESS and are published by us have already submitted to and been included in anthologies published by our other sister press, Pure Slush Books.

We like to know who we are dealing with. The writer-publisher/editor relationship is paramount to us.

We also hate reading simultaneous submissions, and refuse to … hence the statement above about our relationships with writers.