DAW: Now Open to Manuscript Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | January 19, 2015

UPDATED December 12, 2017

DAW is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors without an agent. This is unusual and a great opportunity. DAW is a highly respected publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. DAW has published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny. DAW has published many bestselling books and they have published Hugo award winning books. So they are respected and popular.

DAW novels vary in length, but they are rarely contain less than 80,000 words, so keep that in mind. They have a fairly long wait time for responses if the book makes it past the first reader. However they have made some efforts to reduce that wait time in recent years.

Although they ask for exclusive submissions, if you have waited for longer than 3 months, your work can be submitted elsewhere. This is a recent improvement they made to their submission policy.

It may require up to three months or more for their editors to review a manuscript. If than take longer than three months to review your manuscript, they no longer require an exclusive submission.

They have previously only accepted hard copy submissions but as of December 31st, 2017, they will transition to digital only submissions. The DAW’s unsolicited submissions window will close temporarily after as they transition to a digital-only submissions process. They will consider all hard copy submissions until this date.

The manuscript should double-spaced, with at least 1 inch margins and printed on white paper. It should be printed on only one side of the page and the pages must be numbered. Make sure the title of your novel is at the top of each page. Manuscripts should always be unbound.

Make sure that on the first page of the manuscript your name, address, phone number and the word count of the manuscript, are all typed in the upper right hand corner.

Include a self addressed and stamped envelope so that they can respond. Include self addressed and stamped postcard if you want to be notified when they log your book into the system.

To learn more visit their website here. You can scroll down the submission guidelines on the main page.