Submissions – Parvus Press

Submission Status

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If you are here to submit to our anthology, IF THIS GOES ON, guidelines are on the detail page for the anthology. Please use the button below.

Novel Submissions Closed

Thank you for an excellent submission season. We have a full production calendar right now, so we will be closing submissions until July 1, 2018. Just in case we open submissions early, you should follow us on Twitter; any early submission period announcements will be made there. Agents are encouraged to continue to query Colin directly.

The why and how of

Publishing With Parvus

Why should you consider submitting your work to Parvus? What are we all about?

Why Parvus?

Digital First

We are digital natives and Parvus fully embraces the digital marketplace. Clean layouts, wide distribution, and a reader-friendly experience are key to success in the world of eBooks. We understand that there are growing digital markets for speculative fiction across the globe and we promote our authors into those audiences. 

We rely on those digital markets to build recognition for our authors and their titles, which helps us to ultimately place your books on the shelves of traditional and indie booksellers.

Author Driven

Without authors, we have nothing to publish. Our digital royalty rates start higher than industry norms and accelerate generously as your sales grow.  We’re direct communicators and easy to work with; we’re glad to explain every business decision we make to our authors. Our background is in building winning teams and that’s what we bring to the publishing process. Our authors are as involved as they want to be in our process from day one.

Our Rates

There’s a lot of noise out there and a lot of publishers that aren’t willing to put their money where their mouth is. Parvus pays royalty advances of $500 or greater. Our royalties are paid quarterly and are industry-standard or better. We’re here to invest in great authors, not fight over pennies, plain and simple.

You write great books, we provide the capital, the sales team, and the resources to make them successful in the market.

We Build Teams

You’re a writer. You write. It’s what you do best. But it takes an entire team of creatives to bring a book to market. Editing, cover art, interior layouts, advertising design; we build an all-star team to bring your book to market. And we’ll consult with you every step of the way. Parvus authors will never feel disconnected from their books.

Submission Guidelines



We will re-open for submissions on January 1, 2018. The below guidelines are still offered for reference.

Agents, please feel free to continue to query.

Use the tabs above to navigate these guidelines.

General Guidelines:

  • We’re accepting Science Fiction and Fantasy manuscripts
  • We’re accepting only completed novel length works
  • Our minimum word counts are 90,000 for Epic Fantasy and 70,000 for all Science Fiction and all other sub-genres of Fantasy.
  • We’re accepting only works that have not been previously published
  • If your novel doesn’t fit one of our categories, but has elements of magical realism, science fiction, or the supernatural, please feel free to query (Please limit queries to one page)
  • Manuscripts may take up to 60 days for a response. If you haven’t heard back in 60 days, please feel free to ask for an update. Really, we’re very approachable.
  • Be sure that your contact information is, at the least, on the first page of your manuscript.
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically; Word Document or PDF attachments only, please.
  • We welcome submissions from authors without representation

Please click through the options above for more details.

We are currently interested in the following:

  • 90,000 words or more for epic fantasy
  • 70,000 words or more for all other fantasy
  • New epic fantasy series
  • Stand-alone fantasy. Think Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris
  • Fresh takes on fantasy tropes. Think Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera
  • Urban fantasy.
  • Humorous fantasy.
  • Innovative fantastical fiction, including supernatural or magic realism elements. Think anything by Neil Gaiman.

We are currently interested in the following:

  • 90,000 Words or More
  • New Science Fiction Series
  • Space Opera
  • Military Science Fiction
  • Near-future, dark future, and cyber thrillers
  • Post-apocalyptic fiction (Especially those with a fresh view on the genre)
  • Innovative novels that combine the above with humor or satire. Think Charles Yu’s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe or the masterworks of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

We are currently not accepting submissions. Any submissions received will not be logged into our systems and will not receive a response as all of our attention is focused on our forthcoming releases. We intend to re-open submissions on January 1, 2018 but you can follow us on Twitter to find out if we open submissions any earlier.

Agents are welcome to continue to query during this time.