You wrote a book… a book full of intrigue, crime, maybe a few people die, but that’s just the cost of doing business. You could call the cops, but why not call us instead? We’ll take your case, and we never close.
Here’s the deets:
One-page synopsis (up to 500 words) of the work being submitted.
First 10-15 pages of the work being submitted.
12 pt New Times Roman, double-spaced.
Submit everything through our Duosuma page as a Word file, Pages file, or PDF.
BOOKS WE WILL SAY “YES” TO:
- We are looking for detective series, at least 3 books with the same detective (please have at least 2 completed when submitting).
- We are looking for the next Rex Stout, P.D. James, Colin Dexter, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Walter Mosley, & Kinky Friedman is great too (irreverent is okay with us).
- We are looking for character-driven stories about your detective: who is she/he? What makes him/her tick? What are his/her idiosyncrasies?
BOOKS WE WILL SAY “NO” TO:
- One-off crime novels.
- Serial killer stories.
- Romance novels thinly disguised as detective fiction.
Please allow up to eight weeks for a response. We try our best to respond in a timely fashion, but response time can vary depending on the number of active submissions we are reviewing at any given time. You are also welcome to submit your work elsewhere when submitting to DPP, but kindly let us know if it finds a home.
Note that we are not interested in stories that feature torture of people or animals, stories that condone hatred and violence, racist works, spiritual tales, or erotica, nor are we seeking memoir, poetry, romance, children, YA. We are also very careful not to accept works that may be considered to be co-opting another’s experience. Please include diverse characters, but write from your background.
Please do not send books in a series if part of the series was published elsewhere. Please do not send us previously published submissions unless your submission is a collection of short stories and some of those have been published before.
There is never a fee for a full-length submission, nor are there any fees for publication. Light editing, careful, precise, editing, is provided to chosen works free of any charge as well, as is copyright, registration with the Library of Commerce, and submission to selected awards.
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CURRENT CALL: June 30, 2021 -December 31, 2021