ELJ Publications


Ariana D. Den Bleyker

We read BLIND. We will get a feel for who you are through your words, your stories and your voice. When we fall in love with your manuscript and find out who you are, we still won’t care about your pedigree. We will care most about you as not only a writer but a person. We believe in collaboration between writer and editor, person and person. We believe in words, what they have to say to the reader, to the world. We believe in transparency and accessibility. We feel publishing a collection should be an interactive and personalized experience.

If you agree with our vision, if you want a meaningful experience when publishing either your first book or twentieth, please consider us. We encourage you to purchase a title, hold it in your hands, speak with our current and forthcoming authors, learn more about the press and ask them about their experiences. We encourage you to write to the editor with questions at any time and expect a personal response. If you believe you can benefit from publishing with ELJ, then we encourage you to submit whatever you would like. We will support you 100%. We put in our sweat equity to treat your baby like our baby.

ELJ Publications prefers narrative prose and free verse poetry that explores human emotions, experiences, dreams, revelations, etc. We also veer towards the surreal with powerful images and language. If you feel that your poems and/or stories fit into any of these categories, please consider us. We like edgy. We like experimental.

Please feel free to submit what you’ve got…your pet projects, labors of love. We’ll read Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Memoirs, Full-Length Poetry, Story Collections, Chaps…whatever you like so long as it has a literary quality. We’ll consider any genre (please no slash em up or tie em for the sake of shock) with heavy literary undertones. Please include a total word count for any manuscript, regardless of length.

Please also send us a bit about yourself in the coverletter, why you write, what your project is and why you had it in your heart to write it. Please do not tell us your name or where you’ve published. We care not about pedigree. We don’t want your resume or a list of awards. Be humble. Be real. That’s the kind of author we love. Please be prepared for personal responses. The editors are real people, not someone sitting in an office with stacks of paper. Please note because we read BLIND, we will not see the information in the Submittable coverletter until a decision is made.

When either submitting or querying, ELJ Publications offers personal feedback with every declination and expedited responses. If your work is not a snug fit, you will hear from us quickly. If your work is heavily under consideration, we will notify you via the Submittable note feature roughly every 14 days.

We can be reached at any time at eljpublications@gmail.com for general questions.

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