Written by Emily Harstone November 19th, 2015

Platypus Press: Submission Guidelines

Updated January, 2020

Platypus Press is a publisher of prose and poetry. They were founded five years ago and an established a track record.

They are open to a wide variety of genres, but they don’t go into the specifics of what the genres are. Their only guidelines for fiction are no erotica, horror, fan fiction, or religious material.

For poetry they are not interested in rhyming poems or works in translation. My general impression is that they are interested in publishing work with a literary aesthetic.

Their website is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. The books they’ve published are available in print and electronic versions. The emphasis is on selling books, not recruiting authors, which is always good.

Platypus Press also publishes an online literary journal called WILDNESS, so if you don’t want commit a whole book to a fledgling press, you could try submitting a piece or two to WILDNESS instead. You can learn more about the literary journal here.

Your manuscript must be complete to submit, but it is fine to just submit the first three chapters of a novel.

Manuscripts must be submitted via email. Simultaneous submissions are fine. They try to respond to all submissions within a month.

To learn more visit their website here.


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