Aunt Lute Books is a multicultural women’s press that seeks to cultivate new bodies of thought and understanding. The priority of our staff is to publish work by women not traditionally served by mainstream publishers, particularly works by women of color. Our books explore the specificities of the worlds from which we come and examines the intersections of the borders that we all inhabit. Aunt Lute’s editing process is necessarily sensitive to the perspectives, voices, and truths of the women with whom we work.
Currently, we only accept poetry if it is submitted as part of a larger body of work or an edited anthology. We generally do not consider, given our particular readership, works about therapy or self-help.
If you wish to submit your manuscript, please send a cover letter, synopsis, a table of contents and two sample chapters of your work (or approximately 50 pages) to Aunt Lute Books, Attn. Acquisitions Editor, PO Box 410687, San Francisco, CA 94141. Do not staple any pages, and make sure that each page is numbered and has your name at the top.
We do not accept emailed submissions.
If you would like to have your manuscript returned to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage. Manuscripts that are not received with a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Please do not send manuscripts by certified mail or return receipt requested.
Remember, do not send your only copy of anything!
We also need to know if you have submitted your work to other publishers. Please notify us immediately if another publisher begins to give the manuscript serious attention. Please allow at least four months to review the manuscript. While we make an effort to read all work carefully, our ability to respond with detailed criticism will vary according to our current workload and staff availability.
We encourage you to consult the catalog to get a sense of the areas in which we publish and the audiences we currently serve.