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Highlander Press currently accepts submissions for original manuscripts or book proposals for review. We publish both fiction and nonfiction titles, so our submission guidelines are broken down separately for each.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions page before continuing.

General Submission Guidelines

Please ensure that your submitted document adheres to the following guidelines. Failure to adhere to these will result in your draft either being returned to you for correction—which will put your project behind schedule—or rejected outright.

Please do an edit of your manuscript before submitting it. If we find countless typos, mistakes, or plot holes in your manuscript, your chances of getting a publishing offer are slim. If you’re interested in a developmental edit, please indicate so on your submission.


Submissions which stand out and are well-edited are most likely to be accepted for a publishing deal.

  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word and remitted as a .doc or .docx file
    (No Google Docs, Apple Pages. or PDFs).
  • Use 12-point font in Times Roman or 11-point font in Open Sans.
  • Double-spaced.
  • One space after end-of-sentence punctuation.
  • Hard indent for the first line of each paragraph, which means five spaces.
  • NO extra spaces between paragraphs.
  • Margins set at one-inch.
  • Page numbers at the center bottom of each page.
  • Chapters begin on new pages.
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Nonfiction Submission Guidelines

 We publish nonfiction books if they meet the following guidelines:

  • You must be an expert in your market with a unique message to share.
  • Your book must solve a particular problem, provide proven solutions, or offer unique and fresh insights for readers.
  • Your memoir must be inspirational, as well as aspirational.
  • We accept submissions from authors without literary agents.

 We accept submissions for nonfiction books in the following markets 

  • Memoir
  • Health and Wellness
  • Business
  • Relationships
  • Self-Help/Personal Development
  • Advice and How-To

We may accept nonfiction submissions in other markets if the author can demonstrate a large fan base and a robust marketing plan.

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Fiction Submission Guidelines

 We do not publish or accept submissions for erotica, or discriminatory books.

 Other than that, we will consider publishing fiction books in most genres if they meet the following guidelines:

  • You must have a completed full-length novel (40,000+ words minimum, genre-dependent).
  • Your story must be original. Fan fiction submissions are not accepted.
  • We accept submissions from authors without literary agents.

 We accept fiction submissions in the following genres:

  • Literary fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Mystery
  • Adventure/Travel
  • Travel
  • Thriller
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult

How to Submit

 To submit your book or book proposal for consideration, please send the following:

  • Summary or proposal
  • First ten pages of your manuscript
  • Your bio (50 words)
  • Size of your email list
  • Social media stats: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers

We will confirm via email receipt of your documents. If we’re interested in pursuing the publication of your book, we will contact you to book a get-acquainted call to discuss the next steps.

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