Coffee House Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Coffee House Press publishes emerging and midcareer authors. Nearly all CHP authors have had works published in literary magazines or other publications (a list of prior publications can strengthen your submission). Although prior publications are important, they are not a requirement; part of our mission is to present promising debut authors alongside those who have been previously published.

Recent Coffee House Press titles include Valeria Luiselli's Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, Gabe Habash's Stephen Florida, Bao Phi's Thousand Star Hotel, and Barbara Browning's The Gift.

Since Coffee House Press produces relatively few titles each year, our books reflect the individual tastes of our small staff. CHP looks for writing that instructs, inspires, and/or entertains the reader, and that does so with a unique voice. CHP currently publishes sixteen to eighteen trade titles annually.

We highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with our books to see if your work and our list are compatible. Most independent bookstores and many libraries carry our titles. You can also browse through our online catalog (

Submission Guidelines:

1. We will not be accepting submissions this fall. Our next open reading period is tentatively planned for the spring of 2020. During our open reading periods, we will cap the number of submissions we accept at 300, so if you plan to send us work, please do so early. Please check back for more information on what we'll be looking for and what genres we will be accepting.

2. Extraneous materials (i.e., marketing proposals, promotional materials, sample layouts, praise sheets for previous titles) are not necessary and will not aid your submission's chances of acceptance.

3. Please do not submit more than one work per reading period. Additional submissions will not be considered.

4. All submissions should include page numbers on every page.

5. There are no specific length requirements for submissions, although it should be noted that Coffee House Press does not publish chapbooks, single poems, single essays, or single short stories. CHP is especially interested in reviewing novels, book-length essays, and essay collections.

6. Submissions sent as email attachments will not be considered. 

7. The review process for full-length manuscripts can take up to 4–6 months, or longer in some instances. Manuscripts that seem appropriate for CHP are given several careful reads, and the final decision rests with our publisher. We empathize with your anticipation and appreciate your patience when submitting your manuscript.

Emily Books Imprint Notes:

Emily Books publishes genre-blurring writing that is funny, challenging, and provocative, with an emphasis on the writing of women, trans, and queer people.

Our imprint’s titles include Chloe Caldwell’s I’ll Tell You in Person and Jade Sharma’s Problems (both forthcoming).

Along with acquiring new literature, Emily Books secures e-book rights to previously published books that are deserving of a new medium and audience. We select and distribute one e-book monthly. Previous Emily Books picks have included Samantha Irby’s Meaty, Virginie Despentes’s King Kong Theory, and Sarah Schulman’s Empathy. To determine if Emily Books is a good fit for your work, please take a scroll through our catalog at Emily Books dot com prior to submitting. 

Submissions for the Coffee House Press/Emily Books imprint should follow the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

1. Emily Books accepts submissions from January 1 to March 31 and July 1 to September 1 of each year. Submissions received outside of these reading periods will not be considered.

2. All submissions should include page numbers, a .doc format, and a legible 12 pt. font 

3. There are no specific length requirements for submissions, although it should be noted that the Coffee House Press imprint of Emily Books does not publish poetry. 

4. Due to the volume of submissions received (many!) versus the size of our staff (few!), we regret that we can’t personally respond to each submission. Potential Emily Books authors will be contacted within eight weeks of submission. If you do not hear from us within eight weeks, please do not hesitate to place your work elsewhere.

If you are interested in submitting specifically to the Emily Books imprint, please send your inquiry to

Coffee House Press