Polis Books


Polis Books is an independent publishing company actively seeking new and established authors for our growing list. We are currently acquiring titles in the genres listed below. Please keep in mind that while Polis Books does accept unsolicited submissions, due to the incredibly high volume of unsolicited material we receive, we will only respond to queries if we have interest in the submission. If you have not received a response to your query in 12 weeks you can assume we have passed on it. We know how much time and effort goes into every manuscript, and we sincerely apologize that we cannot reply to every submission individually.

Please keep in mind that we do not publish stand-alone novellas or short stories, and novel-length submissions should generally be a minimum of 60,000 words. We will very rarely consider titles under that length. Note: we do not respond to emails that are not submissions. If you want to know whether we accept submissions in your area, see below. If we do, submit away. If we do not, please do not email asking if we will make an exception for you (we will not).

Submissions in the following genres should be sent to submissions@polisbooks.com.

We are currently acquiring in fiction:

• Mystery

•Commercial literary fiction

• Thriller

• Suspense

• Procedural

• Traditional crime (i.e. 'cozies')

• Science Fiction

• Fantasy

• Horror

• Supernatural

• Romance

• Commercial Women's Fiction

• Young Adult

We are currently acquiring in non-fiction:

• Humor/Essays
• Pop Culture
• True Crime

We are not currently acquiring in any other areas than noted above.

Submission Requirements:

• Query Letter

• Three Sample Chapters

• Author Biography (include any pertinent information, such as personal blogs, Twitter/Facebook/Instagram handle, or any other social media outlets or marketing tools we should be aware of)

Query letter and sample chapters should be emailed as attachments (NOT pasted in the body of the email) to:


Again, we only request more information on a submission-by-submission basis, and due to incredibly high volume we cannot respond unless we are interested in your submission. Feel free to follow up, but please do not take it personally if we do not respond. Thank you for your submission and your patience!