submitDear Writers and Agents,

We are currently closed to submissions (24 May 2016). Please check back here or at Poisoned Pen Press for updates. Thank you.



We love receiving manuscripts and welcome your submissions. The process is simple, but you’ll want to read about the key elements first. To submit a manuscript to The Poisoned Pencil, read our introduction below and then click the link to the right. We use an online submissions manager for all submissions, whether from author or agent.

The submissions manager greatly helps us to track each manuscript we receive. This process not only increases our efficiency, it allows writers to check on the status of a submission at any time. Lost manuscripts are very unlikely. We respond to submissions in the order they are received, regardless of whether or not an author is agented. We do require exclusivity, but we also read your full manuscript and reply relatively quickly. Our current response time is four to six weeks.

After submitting a manuscript, please wait to hear from us before submitting again. We will only process one submission per author at a time. Once we review a manuscript, we won’t consider that manuscript again unless you have been given the go-ahead to resubmit by the editor.

The Poisoned Pencil publishes young adult mystery in trade paperback and ebook editions. We have full distribution to the trade through IPS. Our advance is $1000.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully. In particular, please include a detailed synopsis, one that gives the full plot of your book, including the solution to the mystery. We ask everyone, even those who have submitted young adult mystery books before, to read and comply with our current submission guidelines for authors.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your work!

The editorial staff