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Welcome to Pen Name Publishing

We publish stories that our readers fall in love with. We publish the stories that other publishers might deem too risky. We publish stories that make us sit back and go, “Wow. That’s the way to tell the story.”

We are actively seeking #diversebooks and stories by authors who proudly write in #ownvoices.

For instructions on what we want and how to submit, please read below.


We like stories with purpose, stories that wow, and stories that aren’t easily compared to other titles.

Our main focus is on:

  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Own Voices
  • Diverse Books
  • LGBTQi
  • Southern Fiction
  • Retellings
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Quirky Stories

As a rule of thumb, we typically steer clear of:

  • Erotica
  • Romance
  • Horror
  • Spiritual/Religious
  • Nonfiction
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy (we are willing to dip our toes in)
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories/Novellas
  • Textbooks
  • Nonfiction


How To Prepare Your Manuscript

Preparing your manuscript is a really important step. Believe it or not, many people do not take the time to clean up their manuscript before submission. Yes, we have editors, but if you’re not driven enough to properly prepare your submission, you might not be driven enough to work with our family of outgoing authors.

Here’s a few pointers for your manuscript:

  • Check the basics such as your/you’re, their/there/they’re, its/it’s, where/were/we’re
  • Make sure you are consistent: thoughts, text, emails, or block quotes all have the same formatting throughout the document.
  • Page numbers/headers with last name+manuscript title
  • Format your manuscript in 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced and include acknowledgements, dedications, and bio.

Are you ready to submit?

For your information, our standard submission requirements are still located below. To be published, we require you to either be a US Citizen or hold a US SSN or TIN. If you do not fit these requirements we cannot publish you at this time.

To start with, prepare the following items and send them off to for general submissions or for #ownvoices or #diversebooks. Please note, we do not open attachments. This must be included in the body of your email.

Letter of inquiry that includes:

  • Manuscript Synopsis
  • Author Bio
  • Social Media Profiles
  • Writing Goals
  • Why you chose to submit to us
  • Education/publishing history

First two chapters of your finished manuscript


'Scout's Honor'
Dori Ann Dupré
Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Reader's Favorite International Book Awards: Southern Fiction Bronze Medalist

Peter Monn
eLit Excellence in Digital Design Silver Award, 2015
'Eight Days'
Scott Thompson
Amazon Top-100 Bestseller Inspirational Fiction


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