Raven Publishing
Giving wings to great books since 2002

Submissions Guidelines

Raven Publishing, Inc publishes both fiction and nonfiction books for children, young adults and adults. We prefer submissions in the form of a query letter, a one- or two-page synopsis, and the first chapter sent by e-mail to:info@ravenpublishing.net. Put the word Query or Submission in the subject line.

We also accept queries with a cover letter, synopsis and sample chapter sent by mail to: Acquisitions, Raven Publishing, Inc., PO Box 2866, Norris, MT 59745

Following are criteria we look for:
  • In fiction:
    • A story that snags the reader's attention on the first page and doesn't let go until the last page
    • Stories that, though they may be historical or futuristic or dystopian, address contemporary issues and values
    • Esteem-building, encouraging, and/or educational themes wrapped in a story that informs without preaching.
    • Authentic portrayal of natural human emotion and reactions
    • Fully developed characters with careful attention to point of view
    • A satisfying and believable ending
    • A satisfying and believable ending
  • Non fiction:
    • Fact-checked for accuracy
    • Of contemporary interest of relevancy
  • Both fiction and nonfiction
    • Concise writing in active voice
    • Clean, edited copy, prepared in MS word, Open Office, or other compatible program. For indentations, please do not use the tab key, but rather use the paragraph formatting window or the paragraph indention arrow in the top tool bar. By doing this, you save both of us a lot of work.
    • No degrading implications to any culture, lifestyle, or group of people
We will respond within 48 hours to let you know we received your query and give an acceptance or refusal within 90 days. If you don't hear back in 48 hours, email us again. If that doesn't get an answer call: 406-685-3545 to assure we don't overlook it. Otherwise do not call.

We encourage simultaneous submissions. Please immediately withdraw your submission if you choose another publisher.