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2Leaf Press accepts submissions through our online 2LP Submission form. We no longer accept submissions via email or snail mail. Learn more about 2Leaf Press and what we’re looking for before submitting your work.
Founded in 2012, 2Leaf Press has jumped into the small press arena publishing grassroots writers who are injecting new blood into the contemporary literary scene. In just an incredibly short period of time 2Leaf Press is making waves, building a reputation of publishing literary fiction and cultural non-fiction that’s completely distinct from works published by most large commercial presses.
This is why 2Leaf Press is always on the lookout for strikingly unconventional manuscripts and book proposals. A well-written novella, an off-beat memoir, a cool book of photography, an epic poem, or a book of photography and crazy illustrations is some of the books we are currently publishing. We’re also open to books that are unconventional and different, like a full-color, beautifully illustrated hardcover book of folktales. When we accidentally stumbled upon the idea of creating a bilingual edition with our very first book, Hey Yo! Yo Soy!, who knew that in our desire to build a comprehensive catalog of multicultural works, translations would become the bedrock of 2Leaf Press? And then there’s 2Leaf Press’ first love: poetry. Good poetry. Interesting poetry. Exciting poetry. Shocking poetry. Thoughtful poetry. We’re publishing across a broad range of categories—always with the goal of delivering innovative books to discerning readers.
Initially, we had open submissions, but we shut it down because we were inundated with requests. Although we have had closed submissions for quite sometime, writers kept sending queries and manuscripts to a number of email addresses, making it even more difficult to keep track of who sent what. In an attempt to keep our sanity, as of March 1, 2014 we are only accept submissions through our new 2LP Submission form.
Here’s who we are and what we do: We are a small volunteer staff of seven people and with the support of an incredible organization (The Intercultural Alliance of Artists and Scholars, Inc.) and stellar Board members, we make the books happen. What we lack in size, we make up for in integrity, energy and commitment. We’re interested in publishing literary works, specifically poetry, memoir, narratives, and non-fiction; anthologies and collections of essays and short stories; and novels and historical works as they pertain to literature. 2Leaf Press has had the good fortune of publishing some really incredible writers: Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Shirley Bradley LeFlore, Tony Medina, Brandi Dawn Henderson, Abiodun Oyewole, Ana Rossetti, Sean Frederick Forbes, A. Robert Lee, Samuel Diaz Carrion, Not4Prophet, J.L. Torres, Odi Gonzales, Claire Millikin, and Lisa Sánchez González with more on the horizon. Our press has three series: NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES, 2LP TRANSLATIONS and 2LP CLASSICS. We publish using print-on-demand technology through Createspace and Ingram, both hardcover and paperback books; and our eBooks are available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iBookstore.
2Leaf Press is strongly attached to its home in New York City, its native language and landscape, and its vast richness of cultures, so we consider ourselves “local internationalists,” committed to bringing readers an eclectic mixture of multicultural writers. As a small press, we publish a limited number of titles (approximately 20 books annually, published Spring and Fall), so we’re only committed to publishing the highest quality writing with an original approach and intelligence in concept and execution that can make a difference.
Having said this, here’s some things you should know before you rush off to submit your work: We do not publish books less than 110 pages (this means, no chapbooks). We receive lots of inquiries from emerging or first time writers to guide them and publish their work. While we’re flattered, we simply don’t have the manpower to do so. Yes, we do work with emerging writers whose works are innovative and well-written, but the guidance we provide them is what we provide to all of our writers, which is helping them publish superb books. So bear in mind that we will no longer entertain queries from writers as to whether or not they should submit their work. Also, we will no longer accept or review emailed submissions, nor submissions via snail mail (regular mail with a stamp). All submissions must come through our 2LP Submission form. No exception. It’s the rule.
While we love talking to authors, calling us or personally emailing editors will not help move your manuscript to the top of the pile. Our best advice is that if you follow the instructions on our 2LP Submission form, your proposal will be given a fair and thorough review. In other words, submissions that do not initially meet our guidelines will not be considered. What tickles our toes and makes us very happy is a clear and concise synopsis, and a sample that is error-free: no typos, and no grammatical errors. We look for clarity and conciseness of expression and presentation in your synopsis and want to see those that we feel we can market successfully. We turn down hundreds of adequate proposals just because they have no clear “hooks” or well-defined audiences. The synopsis should present a strong case as to why we should take on the book and who would buy it.
We seek writers on the cutting edge of ideas who do not write in cliches, or take the old, tired, unimaginative way of foul language and sex scenes to pad a poor writing effort. We strongly urge writers to be aware of ideas gaining currency. We believe ideas have consequences. One of the consequences is that they lead to best-selling books.
Our goal is to have manuscripts read within three months, however, due to the enormous volume of submissions, it is now taking up to six months to review the work. Each manuscript we receive is individually reviewed, usually by two or more editors. Phone calls and emails on the status of manuscripts are strongly discouraged. As with most small presses, we are inundated with work and are doing our very best to respond to all submissions in a timely manner.
We will review simultaneous submissions; however, you do not have to contact us to let us know whether your submission was picked up by another press, only because it just adds to the hundreds of emails we already receive. If we contact you to discuss the publication of your book, you can let us know then. Also, we claim no ownership to your work and it is not necessary for you to copyright your work before review, or be concerned that we will use your work without your permission — your work is protected by law and it belongs to you. If we publish your book, you will sign a contract and we will copyright the book in the author’s name and register that copyright with the Copyright Office.
Our advice? Before sending your submission, we suggest you click around our website and take a look at the kinds of books we’ve published and check out our catalogs so you can gain an idea of what we’re looking for. If your work fits within the scope of the before-mentioned, just fill out our 2LP Submission form and as they say, let nature take its course.
Thanks for your interest in submitting to 2Leaf Press, a small press with big ideas! Cheers and good luck with your submission!