Please address your correspondence to the appropriate editor
(e.g. Fiction, Nonfiction, Permissions, Poetry) or department
(e.g. Marketing, Production, Publicity) at:

Persea Books
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004

t (212) 260-9256

Submission Guidelines

Fiction & Nonfiction Submissions

We are pleased to receive query letters by USPS or via email from authors and literary agents. We publish literary novels and short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essays, biography, literary criticism, books on contemporary issues (multicultural, feminist, LGBTQI+), Young Adult novels, and literary and multicultural anthologies that are assigned in secondary and university classrooms. 

Most of all, we are looking for the fresh voice, a clear point of view, the well-written work that will endure. We are pleased to publish debut books and to continue publishing the authors we take on.

We do not publish genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers), self-help, textbooks, or children's books.

Poetry Submissions

We have a longstanding commitment to publishing extraordinary contemporary poetry. Due to our commitment to the poets we already publish, we are limited in our ability to add new collections. If you would like to query our poetry department, click here to send an email describing your current project and your publication history, and attaching a PDF or Word document with up to twelve sample pages of your poetry. If we are interested in seeing more work, we will contact you. 

For those who qualify:

Entry in our annual contests, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry and the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, is an alternative means of submitting your poetry to Persea.


How to Submit

Queries should include a cover letter, author background and publication history, a synopsis of the proposed work, and a sample chapter. Please indicate if the work is simultaneously submitted.

Queries via USPS, if a letter-size SASE is enclosed, will be answered within 5 months.

Submissions containing cover letter, author background and publication history, synopsis and sample chapter may also be sent via email.

All queries should be sent to:

Persea Books
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004


Due to high volume, we do not respond to email queries unless we are interested. 

Desk and Exam Copies

Desk Copies

Persea Books is pleased to provide complimentary desk copies of any adopted text. One desk copy is available for every twenty copies ordered.  All requests are subject to availability and approval. 

Desk copies are also available to middle and high school teachers.

When requesting a desk copy, please submit all of the following information from an official university email account and in the body of the email. Send your requests to: No attachments, please:

  • Book title, author, and ISBN

  • Name of the professor

  • A university mailing address
    (We do not ship desk copies to residences.)

  • Course name, semester in which the course will be given, and expected enrollment

  • Name of the bookstore that has ordered the text

You may also send us requests by mail, on university letterhead, including all of the information above. Send to:

Persea Books
Attn. Desk Copies
90 Broad Street, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004



Examination Copies

Examination copies are available to professors and teachers seeking titles to review for adoption consideration.  The charge for examination copies is $5.00 per title for paperbacks under $18.00 and $10.00 for a hardcover or paperback $18.00 or over. This includes shipping. 

Written requests must be made on university letterhead, and state the title and ISBN of the book. Give us your name and a valid U.S. mailing address.  Send this information, along with your check payable to Persea Books, Inc. to:

Persea Books
Attn. Examination Copies
90 Broad Street. Suite 2100
New York, NY 10004



For our book sellers

Persea is distributed to the trade by W.W. Norton.

Contact them at:

W.W. Norton & Co.
500 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10110
(800) 233-4830

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