All submissions must follow the rules for their category.
We are currently closed to submissions. Scroll to view our Manuscript Wish List and to learn How to Query.
MANUSCRIPT WISH LIST
We will open for queries and submissions in Autumn 2021. Here are some of our interests:
-Children’s chapter books with strong Orthodox, Catholic, or saint-loving Protestant faith and adventure elements. Narrative voice is paramount, whether creative nonfiction or fiction.
-Young Adult novels about the awakening of faith and a sense of calling, particularly for faithful lay Christians. Any genre is welcome with these elements, but we especially like speculative fiction, mysteries, and clean romance.
-Christian Makers guidebooks and essay collections. If you make things with your hands and write about it with understanding rooted in your Christian faith, we want to hear about it. In this vein, sacred Christian illustrations with meditations on the subjects are also welcome.
-Guidebooks for domestic (U.S.) pilgrimages, particularly for Orthodox Christians. If you have a prayer practice that involves walking/hiking, we want to know about that, too.
-Prayers you can eat: books about feasting foods, hospitality, prayerful cooking for the sick and recuperating, and especially books that might include research on ancient healer saints and monastic menus for infirmaries. UPDATE: WE HAVE ACQUIRED A TITLE, HOSPITALITY FOR HEALING BY MELISSA NAASKO, TO BE RELEASED IN 2022.
HOW TO QUERY:
Do you have a completed novel or work of creative nonfiction? Have you developed an accessible curriculum book that you would like to share with the whole church? We’d like to hear from you.
Please include in your query letter how you will promote and share the book. Do you have a YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram account? Are you active on Twitter? We’ll want to check out your channels to see the kind of reach you might build and to help you reach your audience.
Do not query fiction unless you have a completed, polished draft. While you’re waiting, check for these issues: Have you broken the narrative to explain or summarize? Did you write the second chapter of your novel as a flashback? Did you get inside a violent character’s point of view in lieu of exploring the consequences of their actions on the main character? These can be signs of a manuscript in the early stages of development. We recommend that you employ the skills in Ursula Le Guin’s Steering the Craft as you revise your novel or creative nonfiction.
For nonfiction, queries should show us the stakes of your project and why you’re the person to write it. If we ask for a proposal, we’ll want to see a detailed outline and three sample chapters, including the introduction. As part of our commitment to accessibility, we prefer that each chapter end with a bullet point summary and reflection questions/actions when appropriate. Please include in your proposal how you plan to reach your audience. We want to help strategize with you to build your platform while the writing is in progress.
We are looking for novels that are shaped by your faith. Because we’re trying to build up and make visible an Orthodox and Catholic literary culture, we prefer contemporary or historical Catholic, Orthodox, or high church Protestant settings or characters. Don’t hide the faith, but don’t be pedantic, either. Let the beauty of holiness infuse your work. We are especially interested in writers with disabilities writing characters that share their disabilities. We are less concerned with genre or tone than with stories that engender the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love. Novels must be between 55,000 and 90,000 words to be considered. To query, send a cover letter and a brief 2- to 3-page bullet-pointed synopsis in the body of the email to: Summer Kinard at Editor@parkendbooks.com with the subject “QUERY: [book title, last name].” Allow 6 to 8 weeks for a response. Do not send attachments, as they will not be read.
We are only interested in curricula on the Bible, saints, feast days, or prayer life that fully include all learners. If you have a curriculum adapted to include all learners or learners with a particular disability, we are interested in helping you bring it to market. Curricula must cover at least twelve weeks of lessons to be considered. To query, send a cover letter and a sample lesson in the body of the email to Summer Kinard at Editor@parkendbooks.com with the subject “CURRICULUM QUERY: [book title, last name].” Allow 6 to 8 weeks for a response. Do not send attachments, as they will not be read.