2018 Submissions First Reading – Parvus Press

Open Call: Writers of Color

A Letter From Our Managing Editor

Everyone should have a chance to see themselves in art, and not as caricature or as some demonized trope solely in the story to make some other character look better. Authorial voice and truth are what make stories passionate and dynamic expressions of the personal and the creative, and no one should ever feel like their voice and truth somehow aren’t worth making known.

I think one of the great creative crimes that we’re now really starting to prominently see reversed is the silencing and minimizing of authors and creators who aren’t the majority or who don’t identify along majority lines. All stories have the potential to affect and move other people, but only if they’re given equal space on shelves and in minds and hearts.

It is so important to me that Parvus Press be a place where the minority author find opportunity and that their voice and story not be relegated to the side or the back because of biases or differences. I’m proud to be able to work with all authors and see them succeed, no matter who they are or how they identify. Representation matters.

From the Publisher

Since our launch at the start of 2016, we’ve sold over 10,000 copies of Parvus titles, signed six authors and one anthologist, and have had the pleasure of working on eleven different novels and an amazing anthology of short fiction.

Some of that you can see, here, on our web page. A lot of it is still beneath the surface, slated for reveals later in 2018 and early 2019. But the time has come for us to start filling out the 2019 schedule and that means we’re looking for another group of new novels from the next generation of bold voices in fantasy and science fiction.

We are beginning this year’s open submissions call with a focus on manuscripts from writers of color. Quite simply, we’re looking to focus on some of the unique perspectives and worldviews that writers of color can bring into their work.

Read on below for details of what, specifically, we are looking for and how we work. But I want to thank you for taking the time to consider Parvus as your publisher and, as always, if you have any questions about Parvus the business, you’re welcome to email me directly: colin@parvuspress.com.

Questions regarding the submission process or guidelines are handled best by emailing submissions@parvuspress.com.

Thank you,

– Colin

Submission Guidelines

Parvus at a Glance

About Parvus Press

We are a small press focused on publishing science fiction and fantasy novels so good you won’t put ’em down for dinner. We were founded at the start of 2016 and have been growing steadily and carefully.

Today’s focus is on digital distribution, complemented by Print on Demand placement with select brick and mortar booksellers as we continue to grow our catalog.

We started as two friends with an idea that we could do things differently. We’re now five people dedicated to discovering new voices and bringing wonderful books to market.

Vital Numbers

  • Books Released to Date: 3
  • Releases Scheduled for 2018: 5
  • Releases Scheduled for 2019: 8 (6 openings)
  • Authors: 6
  • Copies of Books Sold: 12,000 (All formats. As of Dec. 2017)
  • Long-Term Objective: Global Domination through Fine Fiction
  • Items on this list that are not a number: 1
Contract Details

Kaelyn Considine, Acquisitions Editor

Kaelyn is primarily interested in Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction featuring protagonists who are clever rather than powerful and successful because of who they are rather than what they are.

Kaelyn is also seeking novels with strong ensembles that feature dynamic relationships between the characters that drive the story.

Our contracts are fair and just about as straightforward as our lawyer would let them be. They include things like a clear schedule of royalties, clear rights reversion clauses based upon sales targets, and we insist on going through them point-by-point with our authors before signing.

We pay royalties quarterly and it’s one of our favorite parts of this business. Some details on what we pay and what rights we ask for:

  • Advances Paid: $500-$1,000 (Divided between signing, delivery, and release)
  • Royalties: Scales from approx. 25% of receipts up to 50% with progressive sales.
  • Rights Requested: World English Digital & Print and related print rights. Foreign Translation. If audio is desired, we will address it separately.
  • Reversion Clause: If we aren’t getting you sales, you get your rights back. Plain and simple.

Sample Royalty Statements are made available to authors prior to contract signing so that all expectations are clear.

What We're Seeking

Overview

Submissions are currently open to writers of color. A more general submission call will open later this year.

We are seeking Fantasy and Science Fiction only. (We love all books, but we only publish Fantasy and Science Fiction. Please don’t submit thrillers, horror, non-fiction, etc.)

We are only considering original works that have not been previously published. Please do not query your previously published or self-published works.

Here is what each of our team members is looking to acquire:

John Adamus, Managing Editor

John is looking for new voices and new perspectives in urban fantasy, modern fantasy, and modern myth. He’d also love to see YA SFF featuring atypical protagonists learning they can overcome obstacles and challenges to change their worlds and world views.

Colin Coyle, Publisher

Colin is looking for military science fiction and space opera of any and all flavors and stripes. He is also eager to find a fantasy series where the hero sets out to save the world not because they were destined by birth to do so but because they could no longer stand to be a part of a broken system.

Colin also loves urban and modern fantasy with humor and heart.

Kaelyn Considine, Acquisitions Editor

Kaelyn is primarily interested in Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction featuring protagonists who are clever rather than powerful and successful because of who they are rather than what they are.

Kaelyn is also seeking novels with strong ensembles that feature dynamic relationships between the characters that drive the story.

How to Submit

Important Note on Submission Format

Please use our automated submission system (Link below) to submit your novel of 60,000 words or more (Please do not submit or query for shorter works).

Note that our submissions are blind submissions (See this blog post for an explanation, if you like). Please strip all personally identifiable information from your manuscript. Do not include name or email address in your manuscript in any form. Doing so will result in your MS being rejected unread.

This is important: Do not include your name or email address in your manuscript.

You may include your name and email in a separate cover letter document submitted with your manuscript and you may include your name and email in the synopsis/cover letter entered into our submission system. Questions? Email submissions@parvuspress.com.

Submit your Work Here

One Last Reminder: Do not include your name or email address in your manuscript. Not in the headers, not in the footers, not in the title page. Your manuscript will be rejected unread if you do not strip PII.

Please visit the submission manager for this open call at: http://www.parvuspress.com/Submissions-2018-1

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