Fiction Manuscript Submissions

What are we looking for? Meadowlark is interested in publishing full-length novels and/or collections of short stories. While we will consider manuscripts of any length, a minimum of 50,000 words is recommended for fiction submissions.

Any genre will be considered, but we are especially interested in stories that take place in the Midwest and/or follow themes or characters that have a strong Midwest connection.

Please read this page before submitting a manuscript to Meadowlark Books.

Prepare your submission, as follows, in a single Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text File (.rtf):

Page 1
Author Name (as it will appear on your book, should we publish it)
Author contact, including mailing address, email address, phone number.
Author website (if applicable)
Author bio (book worthy – no more than 300 words)
List of books published, including dates and publisher (if any) or significant publications in journals, magazines, online, etc.

Page 2
In no more than one page, tell us why you think your fiction manuscript is a good fit for Meadowlark. 

Page 3
Begin your manuscript here, starting with the title page. Include a complete list of chapters or story titles in order (no page numbers). Include any section or division headings. Manuscript should also include author bio, personal acknowledgments, and publishing acknowledgments.

The entire submission should be sent as an email attachment (one document – as described above) to submissions@meadowlark-books.com. Subject line should read, “Fiction Query.” Do not attach multiple files to the email. Submissions are accepted only in the months of October, November, and December.


Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged via email reply within 10 days. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your submission unless you wish to pull your submission from consideration because it has been accepted elsewhere.