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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Madville’s mission is to present language in a playful, imaginative way. English is our first language, but we adore code switching and regionalisms from around the world. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that straddles borders. While our authors generally hail from the English-speaking academic community, our audience extends beyond the narrow confines of the academy into the popular market, particularly with regard to our fiction, where we have a tendency to stray into adventurous, fantastic, and dystopian realities.
Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, audio, gr_novel
Gerry LaFemina, Lee Zacharias, Rita Quillen
Send us a simple query letter first (We don't need three pages, just a paragraph). Please do NOT send the full manuscript. All manuscripts published by Madville Publishing undergo a rigorous vetting process before they are accepted for publication. While we do not accepting unsolicited manuscripts, we do accept queries by email and request manuscripts from those authors whose work fits our catalog. We send manuscripts out for review to published authors who write reviewers’ reports detailing the works’ strengths and weaknesses before we decide whether or not to offer an author a contract.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
1 - 3 months
This varies. We try to offer a poetry, a fiction, and a nonfiction contest each year.
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Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble
requests through our website
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Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I founded Madville Publishing after leaving Texas Review Press. I felt there was a need for a press sympathetic to writers who enjoy playing with regionalisms.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
As a nonprofit, we have a small staff of three volunteers, and we work with a network of paid editors and designers on an as needed basis.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be brief. We want to know in a couple of sentences what you'd like us to consider. We'd then like another sentence or two to tell us about you, the author. That's it. If we have time to read or open slots in our catalog, we'll ask for more info.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Every submission is reviewed by a qualified editor, sometimes two. We provide those reviewers' reports to the authors whether we accept the submission or not. Many of our submissions come through Submittable.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We want finished work, free of grammatical errors. We look for stories and essays in which a complete story arc or compelling concept is explored. Poetry should spark emotion and helps us to see the world in new ways.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Ideally, first-time submitters will be recommended by someone we know. Query first. OR, better yet, submit through our submittable link.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Often our catalog is filled with work that's been recommended to us by authors we admire, so if you know someone who knows us, get them to recommend you!
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader is an adult from Baby Boomer to Gen Z with a big heart and a quirky sense of humor.