Holy Cow! Press ~ Writers' Guidelines


Our primary interest as publishers is in considering manuscripts for publication of poetry, short fiction, young adult children's books and other prose work that reveals a unique and original perspective on the American Midwest. We prefer to have interested writers contact us first, by mail, to describe the work they have created. If we are interested, we will ask to preview a sample of 6 to 10 poems or up to 50 pages of prose. We favor manuscripts in which at least one-half of the content has been previously published or scheduled for future publication. Please include a brief biographical statement and a publication credit list with your sample manuscript. Always include a SASE with your manuscript. We currently receive over 400 manuscripts a year and our response time can vary. Multiple submissions are acceptable as long as we are kept informed about them.

We do not publish full-color picture books for younger readers, mysteries, or  most nonfiction. Please make an attempt to preview our other published works to see if your book is appropriate to our list of publications.

Thank you for your interest and your patience!