City Lights Publishers Submission Guidelines
City Lights Books is an independent press that publishes twelve to sixteen titles annually in these categories: literary fiction; social, political, and cultural studies; poetry; and literature in translation.
If you believe your writing would complement the publishing program at City Lights, we welcome unsolicited submissions solely in the form of book proposals.
A proposal should include the following:
PLEASE NOTE: the limited size of our list prohibits our ability to publish the vast majority of the work we receive. Due to the large volume of submissions, our small staff is unable to provide feedback on rejected proposals. Our bookstore staff is unable to accept materials hand delivered to our store. We accept proposals exclusively by mail, with exceptions only for those without access to the U.S. Mail.
Submissions should be addressed to:
Please allow up to seven months when awaiting response.