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Aqueduct Press
PO Box 95787
Seattle, WA 98145-2787

Submission Guidelines

We are not accepting submissions at this time.

Our publication schedule for 2017 is full; we plan to begin accepting submissions again late spring of 2017.

Aqueduct Press publishes works of feminist sf as well as works about feminist sf or of particular interest to readers of feminist sf. We are interested in seeing feminist sf novels of any length; for our Conversation Pieces series, we are interested in original novellas, poetry, and prose work of every kind at lengths ranging from 20,000-35,000 words. Please send a query to info[at]aqueductpress.com before sending us nonfiction or a collection of short fiction.

We now strongly prefer submissions as electronic files: the manuscript in one file accompanied by a second cover letter file (addressed to the editor below). The cover letter should be a brief introduction of yourself and your work to date; include your website or other web locations that showcase your work. Also, include a synopsis of the submission, not more than 2 pages single-spaced. If your word-processing program is not Microsoft Word, send your files in rtf format.

Submit to editor[at]aqueductpress.com.

Ms. Formatting Guidelines for Submissions to Aqueduct

  1. Title page: Include full contact info including your legal name with mailing and email addresses, left-aligned, single-spaced at the top. About half-way down the page, centered, enter the full manuscript title; on the next double-spaced line, add your pen name (the name that will appear on the published book).

  2. Font: Use Times New Roman or Garamond as the default font for your ms. Do not use Courier or any sans serif or script font for main text. If you need to indicate special text sections that require a different font, use the sans serif font Calibri or Arial.

  3. Line spacing and word spacing: The entire text and, if possible, all extracts, notes, bibliography, index, and other material should be 1.5 vertically spaced. Block quotes in essays should be 1.5 vertically spaced. A single character space, not two spaces, should be left after close punctuation marks at the ends of sentences and after colons.

  4. Paragraph style: Indent all main text paragraphs by .5 inch. Do not add extra space between paragraphs. Do not use the tab key to indent paragraphs.

  5. Section breaks: Where you want an extra space to indicate a scene change or for other purposes add a blank line and signify the break with a centered #.

  6. Justification and margins: Align left (not justified). The right edges will not be uniform or even. Margins of at least one inch should appear on all sides (with preferably 1.5 inch at the right margin).

  7. Page numbering: Include your last name, a short title, and the page number on every page after the title page in either the header or footer (at least .5 inch from the edge): lastname/title/p#.

  8. Italics, underlining, and boldface: Use italics, not underlining, for words that are to be italicized in the printed version. If you intend underlining rather than italics to appear in the published work, say so in the cover letter to the editor or later, in a note to the copyeditor.

  9. Dashes: For an em-dash—one that indicates a break in a sentence like this—either use the em-dash character on your word processor or type two hyphens (leave no space on either side). Air will be added on either side of the dash as part of the typesetting process.

  10. Special characters: In general, use the correct character if your software allows rather than a makeshift keyboard substitute—for example, if you want the prime symbol, insert the prime symbol for your word processor's list of symbols rather than using an apostrophe. For non-English characters, use the diacritical marks provided by your word processing program where appropriate.

  11. Graphics: Do not add graphical elements to the main file. If you have figures that are a necessary part of the text, indicate where they go in the text and send the numbered figures as a separate file.

Kathryn Wilham, Managing Editor
Aqueduct Press