The Inlandia Institute is embarking on an ambitious new publishing program: Inlandia Books, with two branches of publication available. 

This page is for submitting work for consideration under the Inlandia Books - Literary category

All books submitted must be reviewed by Inlandia Institute’s Publications Committee and all accepted works must be written by writers who live in, work in, and/or write about Inland Southern California, except for those works submitted for the National Hillary Gravendyk Prize which can be submitted by any American writer. 

(Note: While the prize is a part of the Inlandia Books - Literary category, it has its own separate submissions page. Return to the main menu if that is what you are looking for.)


About Inlandia Literary

This is the branch of publishing for highly polished works of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; Inlandia’s Hillary Gravendyk Prize books are published under this line. Works submitted for consideration under this line are subject to the highest standards of literary publishing; only a very select few books will be accepted for publication as an Inlandia Literary title.


Manuscript Submission Guidelines for full-length books:

The Inlandia Institute initially evaluates proposals only; upon consensus, the Publications Committee may request the full manuscript. Submissions will be read blind. 

IMPORTANT: Please omit any identifying information from your manuscript, including cover letter, acknowledgements, and headers/footers. 

Submissions must include the following: 

- A one-page or less description of your project

- A description of your target audience and why your book will appeal to them 

- A table of contents and list of illustrations, if applicable 

- A sample chapter or up to ten pages of poetry


All manuscripts submitted for consideration are vetted by the Publications Committee. Please allow up to six months for a complete review and determination. All decisions are final. Inlandia reserves the right to decline any manuscript.


If the committee has reviewed your proposal and requested the full manuscript, please use this form to submit it here following the guidelines for blind submission above.


Whether or not Inlandia Institute chooses to pursue such publication for any particular manuscript will depend in large part on currently available resources of Inlandia Institute and is in no way a reflection on the quality or marketability of any given manuscript. 

Good luck!


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