Soft Skull Press: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

Written by Emily Harstone

Updated November 2018

Soft Skull Press is a small publisher of literary fiction and non fiction based out of California.  They were recently purchased by Black Balloon/Catapult. They publish a wide variety of quirky and well written work. They have published a number of well known authors, including Maggie Nelson.

They are open to unsolicited queries of nonfiction only. For literary work they require an agent. They offer advances.

The nonfiction they publish includes history, memoir, literary biography, religion and philosophy, and natural history.

Send a query letter, a detailed proposal, and two sample chapters via the mail. They will not consider queries submitted electronically.

Their mailing address is as follows:

Editorial Submissions
Soft Skull Press
c/o Counterpoint LLC
2560 Ninth Street, Ste. 318

Berkeley, CA 94710

They only respond to proposals they are interested in, due to high volume of submissions. So there is no need to include a self addressed and stamped envelope.

To learn more about what they publish you can see their catalog here.