We are currently CLOSED to submissions! To keep track of when we’ll open again, follow us on twitter (@notapipepub) or on Facebook (here) to stay up-to-date regarding our availability. And we highly encourage you to check out the books by our current authors and explain how your novels fits in to the Not a Pipe family of books in your query letter.  

Submission Guidelines


Not a Pipe Publishing is not accepting submissions right now (except for the anthology).

We accept submission via email only. So that we can properly track your submission, please don’t query by snail mail, phone, in person, or through social media including Twitter or the publisher’s Facebook page.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Young Adult and Mass Market Genre Fiction (especially if there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)

  • Fantasy (Got faeries? Witches? Vampires? Elves? We dig it!)

  • Science Fiction

  • Paranormal (Creepy is cool, but if your horror verges on torture-porn, that's not our thing.)

  • Humor (if there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)

  • Romance (if there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)

  • We're particularly interested in under-represented characters

What we’re not looking for:

  • Military or spy thrillers (unless there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)

  • Crime novels or detective stories (unless there's a fantasy or sci-fi twist)

  • Religion (unless it's fiction about mythological characters)

  • Excessive violence

  • Anything that promotes racism, religious bigotry, misogyny, or homophobia. (You have the right to your opinions. We have the right to tell you to f--- right off.)

  • Erotica (We don't yuck on your yum. Just not our thing.)

  • Memoir/autobiography (If you're a big enough deal that people are clamoring for your story, you're too big a deal for us. If you aren't, reflect on that before sending anyone your memoir or autobiography.)

  • Biographies

  • Non-Fiction (We don't have the fact-checkers or a big enough liability insurance policy.)

  • Children's Picture Books (Love 'em. Can't afford to print them.)

  • Novellas or short stories (except perhaps in completed novel-length collections)

  • Poetry (We love to read it but don't know how to sell it.)

How to submit your email query:

  1. Follow these directions carefully or we'll be irritated before we even get to your writing, and neither of us want that.

  2. Make sure we publish the kind of project you’ve written. (And we do mean written, past tense. We don't option incomplete manuscripts.) 

  3. Send an email to notapipepublishing@gmail.com

  4. In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your novel. This is important. If you forget this, yours may get lost.

  5. Address the query letter to our publisher, Benjamin Gorman.

  6. In the body of the email, include your one page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript. We love debut authors, so don't let a short publishing resume slow you down, but do let us know if you have anything published already.

  7. Letting us know how your novel compares to other books in the Not a Pipe Publishing library shows us you took the time to get to know a bit about us (and, ideally, you've even read some of our books). It's not required to mention our other authors' books in your query letter, but we won't lie; it helps.

  8. Please do not add any attachments, including images. Because of virus concerns, any email with an attachment will NOT be opened.

  9. We DO accept simultaneous submissions. Because we are a small press just starting to expand our offerings, we are not yet able to pay advances, so if you can sign with a larger company who can offer you an advance on your work, go with our blessing and no hard feelings. If you decide to allow us to publish your novel, we will offer assistance with cover, layout, printing, distribution, press, marketing … everything we can to make you successful (all at zero cost to you), and then we pay higher-than-average royalties. We want to earn your business with our hard work and make you glad to be part of the Not a Pipe Publishing family!

While you are waiting to hear back from us, here’s another opportunity: We’re currently putting together an anthology about resisting the rising tide of fascism in the era of Trump. (If you find that out-of-line with your politics, we’re not the right publishing house for you). If you are a writer of short fiction or poetry, or an artist who might want to contribute black and white art to go between the text works, please consider submitting something by October 1st, and let other writers and artists know so we will received enough submissions to make this viable. For more details, click here and please share this bitly: