Chapbook Manuscript Submission Guidelines


  1. 1.Manuscripts must be submitted in print via US mail.  Due to the complexities of international publishing, we are no longer open to manuscript submissions from authors residing outside of the United StatesPlease include two (2) identical printed copies of your manuscript including the cover letter and biography.  Manuscripts should be single side printed only.  Manuscripts should not be stapled together.  You may bind your manuscripts with binder clips.  The font color used for all text throughout the manuscript, introduction letter, and biography should be black.  Upon our initial review of your manuscript, we may request that you send us a copy of the manuscript as an email attachment.   We can accept .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .cwx, and .pages ‘08 and prior versions attachments.  Please do not send manuscripts electronically until we request them.  The subject line of the email should include your name, the title of the manuscript, and the word MANUSCRIPT.  The electronic and printed manuscripts must be identical.


  2. Please send manuscripts to:


        Address:

        The Lives You Touch Publications

        Attn: Manuscripts

        P.O. Box 276

        Gwynedd Valley, PA  19437-0276


       email:

        publishing@thelivesyoutouch.com ~ Subject Line: MANUSCRIPT - (title of

        manuscrpt) - (Author name)


  1. 2.Poetry & Prose Chapbook Manuscripts are accepted and reviewed year-round.  Please expect an acceptance or declination decision on your manuscript no sooner than four (4) months after we have confirmed its receipt via email.


  2. Please include an active email address (one that you check regularly) on the title page of your printed manuscript and on your printed cover letter so that we may contact you with a confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.


  1. 3.The publishing schedule for accepted chapbook manuscripts will be at the discretion of The Lives You Touch Publications.


  1. 4.Please submit manuscripts on standard 8.5 x 11 inch plain white paper in a large manilla envelope.  Due to the complexities of international publishing, we are no longer open to manuscript submissions from authors residing outside of the United States.  Manuscripts should be formatted to the standards of our chapbook pages.  Manuscripts should be single side printed only.  Manuscripts should not be stapled together.  You may bind your manuscripts with binder clips.



  2. Standard formatting for chapbook poetry pages:


  1. BulletText should be formatted in Georgia or Times Roman 10 point regular font.

  2. BulletPoem titles should be 12 point bold font, up to 38 characters in length, including spaces per line.  Please do not title your poems with all capital letters.  Titles may be all italics or may include italics.

  3. BulletEpigraphs and the like are printed in a 8 point italics font.

  4. BulletPoem body lines up to 45 characters in length per line, including spaces.

  5. BulletChapbook pages consist of a maximum length of 45 lines.  Consequently, poems should not exceed 90 lines, (2 pages), including the title and white space, (blank lines).

  6. BulletPoem strophes/stanzas should be separated by one (1) line space only.

  7. BulletFor poems greater than 45 lines, please indicate your preferred page break.

  8. BulletPages should include no more than one poem per page, left margin justified, unless the poem lines are centered.

  9. BulletQuotes should be indicated using standard English quotation formatting or as italics.

  10. BulletUniquely formatted poems should be printed as you intend but should also be followed by an instruction page that specifically defines the special formatting required.



  11. Standard formatting for chapbook prose pages:


  1. BulletText should be formatted in Georgia or Times Roman 10 point regular font.

  2. BulletProse titles should be 12 point bold font, up to 38 characters in length, including spaces.  Please do not title your prose with all capital letters.  Titles may be all italics or may include italics.

  3. BulletProse lines up to 45 characters in length per line, including spaces.

  4. BulletProse lines within paragraphs should be separated by double spaces.

  5. BulletChapbook pages consist of a maximum length of 45 lines.  Though each line will accommodate a maximum of 45 characters, normal sentence structure requires spacing between words and sentences.  Consequently, prose should not exceed 20 chapbook pages with an average of 350 words per page (roughly 6,900 words in total), which will allow for a title, subtitles, and white space, (line and word spacing, and blank pages).

  6. BulletProse paragraphs should be separated by one (1) line space only and should not be indented.

  7. BulletProse paragraphs should be left margin justified.

  8. BulletQuotes should be indicated using standard English quotation formatting or as italics.

  9. BulletUniquely formatted prose should be printed as you intend but should also be followed by an instruction page that specifically defines the special formatting required.



  10. Formatting example for chapbook pages:


  1. 5.There should be a single blank line between the title and the first line of the poem or prose paragraph unless the title has a subtitle, epigraph, dedication, or any other line that precedes the body of the poem.  Subtitles should be formatted in 8 point font, e.g.:


        Look out

               for Justin


        A sigh.

        Friend are you there?

        Have too many years passed?

        Forgive my time away. I’ve brought

        My son.



      Manuscript Contents:


  1. 6.The first page of each copy of the manuscript should be the title page.  This includes the title of the manuscript, your name as you would like it to appear throughout the chapbook, your USPS mailing address, your contact telephone number and email address.  Each page after the title page of the manuscript should contain a header that includes the title of the chapbook on the left, your name in the center, and the manuscript page number on the right.  The second page of the manuscript should be the Table of Contents.


  1. 7.An Acknowledgments page must follow the Table of Contents.  This page identifies any poems or prose in your manuscript that were previously published, the name of the publication each poem or prose piece was published in, the publication issue number or month, and the page number.


  1. 8.Please include two (2) copies of an introduction letter in addition to your manuscript that relates any information that you feel will help us to understand your writing and the motivation/inspiration for your poetry or work.  Please also include two (2) copies of a biography to be used in composing the author information of the chapbook.


  1. 9.Poetry manuscripts should contain poems of a similar theme, i.e., social issues, health issues, the impact of illness and/or death on an individual or individuals, the environment, relationships, and the struggle, loss, healing, recovery, growth, and inspiration that result from these issues.  (These are examples only.  They are not intended to indicate the themes we specifically seek.)  While manuscripts need not follow the theme of Touch: The Journal of Healing, The Lives You Touch Publications is most interested to promote authors who write of an evolution into insight while or after confronting/experiencing struggle or conflict and the search for truth and meaning in the human experience.  Manuscripts should not include an eclectic assortment of poems on varied topics or themes.


  2. Prose manuscripts need not follow the theme of Touch: The Journal of Healing, however, The Lives You Touch Publications seeks to promote authors who write of social issues, health issues, the impact of illness and/or death on an individual or individuals, the environment, relationships, and the struggle, loss, healing, recovery, growth, and inspiration that result from these issues.  (These are examples only.  They are not intended to indicate the themes we specifically seek.)  We are most interested to promote authors who write of an evolution into insight while or after confronting/experiencing struggle or conflict and the search for truth and meaning in the human experience.


  1. 10.Poetry manuscripts should contain between 30 and 40 poems from which we will select a group of 20 poems that we believe will serve to create a cohesive reading experience.  We will not read manuscripts that contain more than 40 poems, or fewer than 30 poems.


  2. Prose manuscripts cannot exceed eleven (11) standard 8.5 x 11 inch pages formatted with 1 inch borders all around (an approximate total combined count of 6,900 words).


  1. 11.Poetry manuscripts should contain a majority of previously unpublished poems, but a certain number of previously published poems is encouraged.  A ratio of 3:1 unpublished/published poems is ideal, but a ratio of up to 2:1 may work as well, particularly if the poems have not been recently published.


  2. Prose manuscripts should contain no previously published work.



      Decision of acceptance or declination of Manuscript & Inquiries:


  1. 12.Receipt of manuscripts by The Lives You Touch Publications, whether by invitation or in response to a call for submissions, is not a guarantee of acceptance for publication by The Lives You Touch Publications.


  1. 13.We do not provide critiques of manuscripts submitted to us.


  1. 14.We base our decision to accept a manuscript for publication on many factors.  We endeavor to reply to an author with our decision within four (4) months after we receive a manuscript.  Inquiries as to the status of a manuscript, other than verification of receipt, should not be addressed to us until after this period of time.










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