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Submissions Guide

Book Publication Proposals

Bronze Man Books is always open to proposals for book publications and possible lines of books. In all publications we strive to integrate high-quality design and meaningful content.

Current lines of publication include:

(1) Art exhibition catalogs published in conjunction with Millikin University or Central Illinois area art exhibits.

(2) Children's books featuring original illustration and an engaging story for age-appropriate audiences.

(3) Trade paperbacks.

(4) Literary chapbooks featuring a unified collection of poetry, fiction, drama by a single author.

Bronze Man Books publishes one to two chapbooks per year of various genres (poetry, prose, drama, etc.). Content is selected, workshopped, and edited by the company. We aim to publish work that is polished and well written. The books are typically bound by the company using various sewing methods to create a unique and professional product. We look for submitted chapbook collections that are already completed or near completion. Chapbooks are normally between (but not limited to) 24-48 pages. Projects that we pursue often involve a collaboration between authors and illustrators. Illustrators can either be commissioned by the company or the author. With your work, please include a cover page explaining why we should publish this chapbook, the connecting theme of the poetry (if applicable), as well as telling a bit about yourself.

Poetry - Must have a theme or notion connecting the pieces. 18-30 poems.
Fiction - May be collection of short short stories or one or two longer stories. 32-72 pages.

Although not a requirement for publication, most of our book publications have an immediate connection to Millikin Unviersity—students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, expertise or history.

We are always open to new ideas or possible lines of publications. The process begins by contacting Bronze Man Books with a proposal for your publication. Please describe your book, your motivation to create the book, the potential readership, marketing possibilities, comparisons of other books in that market, and the current state of the manuscript.

Snail mail submissions must include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).

Email questions or book proposals to

Email questions about possible art exhibits and catalog proposals to

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