About: The purpose of the RIZE Imprint is to ensure that writers of historically underrepresented backgrounds have their voices amplified—those backgrounds include, but are not limited to, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ communities, Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, and any other marginalized groups who want to share stories from their own perspective.
We are specifically looking for submissions from new and experienced non fiction and fiction writers of color—in the adult and young adult markets. We want works whose themes echo a call to action within and beyond the cultural community where each story is framed.
Unagented submissions are welcome.
Genres we acquire:
Action & Adventure
Crime & Mystery
Paranormal & Horror
We welcome work that crosses genres and time periods. We will also consider non-fiction or memoir from those who have a vivid concept and a strong platform. However, we are not accepting children’s books or graphic novels at this time.
Word Count: Submissions should fall between 55,000 – 125,000 words. Manuscripts below or above this range will not be considered.
If the manuscript has series potential, please note that information in your query letter and provide a brief summary or outline for the sequels in a separate document.
We will disregard incomplete submissions.
We will not select manuscripts that have been previously published, whether as a digital-only titles, traditional releases, self-publications, or free downloads on a commercial or private site.
Submit your original, unpublished manuscript via Submittable. We will not accept submissions via email. Unsolicited email submissions will be deleted. Be advised we are unable to provide immediate feedback on every manuscript, so please wait to hear from us. Allow up to eight weeks for a response.
You can submit up to four separate files. Submission should be .rtf, .doc, or .docx files. No .pdfs.
Your query letter should include the manuscript’s title, genre, and word count as well as a book description and a short author biography. This is an opportunity to tell us about your work as an artist and the accomplishments you’ve made the writing field. Talk about your awards, publication credits, member organizations, social media following, et cetera. Please include your contact information—name, phone number, mailing address, email—on the query letter and all other submission documents.
Remember to revise and edit your work to the best of your ability prior to submission. Please double space your manuscript and include your name along with the page number in the running header. We encourage applicants to follow the manuscript guidelines suggested HERE.