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Counterpoise Press is a traditional advance and royalty paying publisher for fiction works. Submissions are currently open!

Manuscript Wish List: (includes but is not limited to):

  • Young Adult High Fantasy, New Adult High Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Speculative, Science Fiction, Dystopian.  

  • We’re especially interested in YA fantasy based in mythology across cultures, characters with disability, chronic illness or mental illness, Deaf characters, and  LGBTQIA+ stories.

Our Favorites: 

  • Game of Thrones 

  • The Witcher 

  • The Throne of Glass Series 

  • The ACOTAR Series 

  • The Crescent City Series 

  • Eragon 

  • The Iron Fey Series 

  • Handmaid’s Tale

  • Shadow and Bone 

  • Six of Crows

  • Nevernight

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue 

  • The Cruel Prince 

  • The Grace Year 

  • Soulswift 

  • Killing Eve 

  • Yellowjackets

  • The Wilds

  • The OA

  • The Society

  • Sex Education

  • Heartstopper 

  • The Golden Compass

  • The Chronicles of Narnia 

  • Fablehaven

  • Red Rising

  • Gregor the Overlander

  • The Lord of the Rings 

For now, we are not the right publisher for nonfiction, horror, middle grade, literary, poetry, short stories, romance, erotica, women’s fiction, inspirational/Christian fiction, picture books, screen plays, or chapter books. In special cases, we will consider memoirs. 

You are welcome to submit books written in English if you are from outside the U.S., but please note this in your query. 

For legal reasons you must be over 18 to submit a manuscript. 

Submission Guidelines:

Please send your query to and include: 

  • “Query: [your book’ title]” in the subject line 

  • The first 5 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email (no attachments, please). 

  • Only completed, unpublished manuscripts will be considered (meaning they cannot be previously self published) 

  • Send full or partial manuscripts only when requested

  • Be absolutely sure your writing is the best it can be! 

  • Format your manuscript properly. We’re not overly strict about minor details, but we do expect manuscripts to align with industry standards 

  • Follow these links for more information on how to format your query and your manuscript. If you are unsure how to properly write a query letter, please check out this article


*Please note that if you do not follow submission guidelines your email will be discarded* 


Hannah will be in touch within 4-6 weeks if she is interested in your work. She does her best to respond to all queries, but due to the large number she receives it’s not always possible. 

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