Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

Genres Published: 
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 

Ben Tanzer, Eleanor Stanford, Mason Johnson, Maureen Foley

Book Types: 
Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections, Novel, Memoir
Formats: 
Paperback, Hardcover, E-book
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 - Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
No
Publishes Through Contests Only: 
No
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Titles per Year: 
6 to 10
Distributors: 
Ingram
Editorial Focus: 

CCLaP currently accepts full-length commercial novels or works of creative nonfiction, 60,000 to 120,000 words; novella-sized manuscripts of the same type, 20,000 to 40,000 words; and individual stories and essays for our monthly magazine, ideally 5,000 to 10,000 words. Books are released electronically (PDF, EPUB, Kindle), as a trade paperback, and novels in a special handmade hardback edition. Authors receive 50 percent of all profits to make up for a lack of advance payments.

Tips From the Editor: 

Please no poetry or children's/YA stories. Special consideration given to work with unique, memorable themes or characters; authors based in Chicago; and speculative stories in the case of the magazine. CCLaP's editors are mostly former creative writers themselves, so we try to make the submission process as easy as possible: all formats are accepted, no special formatting of your manuscript is required, and a synopsis is not necessary if you don't have one. But that said, we greatly prefer receiving submissions as either Microsoft Word or Open Office files (PDFs are discouraged, but will be accepted if no other format is available); a standard synopsis, bio and query letter are always appreciated; and we prefer reading entire manuscripts rather than sample chapters.

Contact Information
Jason Pettus, Owner
4200 N Clarendon Ave
City: 
Chicago,
State: 
Illinois
Zip / Postal Code: 
60613
Contact E-mail: 

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Last updated: August 13, 2014

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

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by Kevin Larimer

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Posted 10.15.14

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Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

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Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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