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. Please do not send a full manuscript. In an effort to follow Pope Francis’s call to conserve resources in Laudato Si', we request that you do not send us a paper submission. Also, please do not send a copy on a flash drive.


We will not return a paper submission to you. You must provide a valid email address so we may contact you. We will not respond to your proposal by letter.


We will respond to you within three to four weeks. Understand that a review of a manuscript may 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.


Please submit your proposals to Jon Sweeney using this e-mail address (