Manuscript Submissions

Thank you for your interest in Ave Maria Press. We are a Catholic book publisher serving the spiritual and educational needs of individuals, groups, and the church as a whole. While many of our books address a wide ecumenical readership, our primary interest is in books for Catholics and Catholic institutions.

There are a number of areas in which we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts: fiction (for adults or teens), children's books (fiction or nonfiction), poetry, and accounts of personal conversion or private revelation. If your manuscript falls in one of these categories, we advise you to seek a publisher active in your area of interest.

While we receive hundreds of manuscripts annually, very few are selected for publication. If you wish to submit a proposal that you think is appropriate to our interest, please do so. We ask that you send the following:

1) A query letter that explains what your book is about, your intended audience, what sets it apart from other books currently available on the subject, how long the book is, and what your qualifications are for writing the book. Please also let us know if you are submitting your manuscript simultaneously to another publisher.

2) A prospectus, table of contents, an introduction, and one or two sample chapters. Or you may elect to send your entire manuscript. All manuscripts should be typed or printed out, double-spaced, on one side of the paper. Please, do not send a copy on a computer disk.

Due to ever-changing postal regulations, it is our policy to not return any unsolicited manuscript. Please keep a copy for yourself.

Please send your submission to:

Ave Maria Press
P.O. Box 428
Notre Dame, IN 46556

We will try to respond to you within six to eight weeks, though sometimes it takes longer. Understand that manuscripts require as long as several months, particularly if we are heavily backlogged or if we ask for an outside reader's opinion. There is no fee for evaluating your manuscript. However, time constraints do not permit us to offer detailed evaluations.

You may submit a query or proposal by e-mail. However, we ask you not to e-mail an entire manuscript.