How do I submit?
Please submit HERE.
When can I submit?
During the Open Submission windows, which will be listed on this page.
Does my manuscript have to be finished before I submit the first 10 pages?
Yes, we do require the manuscript be completed before submitting.
Do I need to have an agent?
No, you do not need to have a literary agent to use this Open Submission process. If do you already have an agent, they should submit to Berkley through the usual channels.
Who is reading my manuscript?
The entire Berkley editorial staff is participating in this program so each manuscript received will be evaluated by a member of the editorial team.
When will I hear back?
We cannot guarantee you will hear back from us within a particular period of time because the timing will depend on the volume of submissions we receive. We are committed to responding to each project we receive.
Can I submit a YA, middle grade, or children’s project?
No, Berkley does not publish YA, middle grade, or children’s titles.
Can I submit nonfiction of any kind, such as memoirs, narrative histories, wellness, how-to books, etc.?
No, Berkley is not able to review unagented nonfiction projects at this time.
Can I submit romance, women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thriller, science fiction, fantasy, or horror?
Yes! During our Open Submission window, please submit HERE.
Is this program open to international writers?
May I submit a previously self-published work?
We are not currently accepting self-published works for consideration.
How long will the Open Submission Program run?
There is no end date to the program and there will be multiple, announced open windows during which authors can submit their work for consideration. The most current information on open submission windows can always be found on this page. While the submission windows are closed, editors will review the submitted writing.
Can I submit more than one project?
Please only submit one project at a time. Do not submit a second project until you hear back from us about the first one.
What if I am submitting a project that is a different genre from another project I have already submitted?
Please only submit one project at a time. If you hear back from us that we will not be pursuing the first project, you may submit a new project during the next Open Submission window. This second project can be in a different genre from the first and must be in one of the genres we publish, as listed above.
I tried submitting and the form is not working.
Please note you may only submit your work during an announced Open Submission window. If you try to submit during this period and the QueryManager form does not work, please contact QueryManager directly here.
How will I be notified if Berkley is interested in my submission?
Once the Open Submission window closes and the Berkley editorial team reviews the submissions, you will be contacted via email if the editorial department is interested in reading and considering your full manuscript. If the editorial department is not interested in pursuing your work, we will also inform you of that by email.
If Berkley is interested in acquiring my work for publication, may I seek literary or other representation?
Yes, if Berkley decides to pursue publishing your manuscript, you will have the time to seek out an agent or other representation prior to negotiation if you choose.
My submission wasn’t chosen. Will you have another Open Submission period so I can submit another project?
Yes, we will announce further Open Submission windows when authors can submit their work for consideration.
Can I contact someone about my submission?
The best way for your submission to be seen is to submit HERE. We are committed to responding to every project we receive, but due to the volume of submissions, we cannot respond to individual follow up questions.