Submissions Guidelines

What DAW is looking for:

We publish science fiction and fantasy novels. We do not want short stories, short story collections, novellas, poetry, or novels in other genres. The average length of the novels we publish varies but is almost never less than 80,000 words.

How to submit:

Send us the complete manuscript with a cover letter. We do not accept electronic submissions, and please do not submit handwritten material. Manuscripts must be letter-quality computer-generated. Clear photocopies are acceptable. The manuscript should be on 8 1/2" x 11" paper or a close equivalent, double-spaced, with at least 1" wide margins all around. Please use only one side of the page, number your pages consecutively, and put the title of your novel at the top of each page if possible. Manuscripts should always be unbound.

Please type your name, address and phone number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript. Right under this, please put the length of your manuscript in number of words.

Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission for our correspondence. We ask that you only send us disposable copies of your manuscript, which will be recycled in the event they are not found suitable for publication. We regret that we are no longer able to return submitted manuscript copies, as the process resulted in too many difficulties with the postal service and unnecessary expense for the prospective authors.

Please send manuscripts to:

Peter Stampfel
Submission Editor
DAW Books
375 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

You are entitled to Media Mail rates for literary manuscripts-ask at your local post office.

Additional information:

It may require up to three months or more for our editors to review a submission and come to a decision. If you want to be sure we have received your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard that we will return when your manuscript is logged in.

A literary agent is not required for submission.

No simultaneous submissions: we will not consider unsolicited manuscripts that are currently on submission to another publisher.

It is not necessary for you to register or copyright your work before publication-it is protected by law as long as it has not been published. When published, we will copyright the book in the author's name and register that copyright with the Library of Congress.

Art Submissions:

You may link us to your online portfolio by email to daw [at] us [dot] penguingroup [dot] com. If you would prefer to send samples by mail, you may send them to "ATTN: Art Directors" at the DAW Books mailing address above. Please do not send original painted or drawn artwork, since we are not able to return art samples.