Written by Emily Harstone October 7th, 2021

Outpost19: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Last updated March 27th, 2024

Outpost19 Books is a publisher of novels, memoirs, biographies, short fiction and essay collections, reportage and innovative hybrids. They are based in San Francisco and were established in 2011 as a digital only publisher. They have since expanded to print.

Their covers vary from excellent to amateurish. Many have received some press coverage, which is always a good sign. Their website is professional, easy to navigate, and geared towards readers, not writers.

You can get a feel for what they’ve published in the past by visiting their shop here. Please get a feel for what they publish before submitting.

They ask, when you submit, to “Please prepare us for the work we’re about to encounter. Describe it briefly, and tell us a bit about yourself, including any previous projects, short or long, in print or other media.”

In the past they have left submitters without a response for a very long time, which is frustrating. They are still actively accepting and publishing books, though.

One recent warning sign is that they started a new imprint in 2023 called The Shortish Project which they describe “as a new publishing program dedicated to short novels — original fiction from 75 pages to 200 pages in length.” But they charge 80 dollars per submission and they describe it as “a paid “open-door” program, open to all styles & genres, with limited gatekeeping, a low annual fee of $80 and paying royalties of 70% print and digital editions.” The Shortish Project is on a hiatus at the time of this update, but they’ve now added in editorial services that they strongly promote. This is fine in and of itself if it does not lead to re-direction.

There are a lot of traditional presses that have vanity imprints, and as long the traditional arm doesn’t re-direct to them, we still list them, but please reach out to us at support@authorspublish.com, if you are redirected.

This imprint or project is also very unlike any I’ve encountered before.

To learn more about submitting to their traditional imprint go here.

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