Queerteen Press

Welcome to Queerteen Press!

Queerteen Press is a young adult imprint of JMS Books LLC. All of our e-books can be purchased at our distributors, such as Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, and Barnes & Noble, and are also available at the JMS Books website. CLICK HERE for a list of all our titles.

Submission Guidelines

Queerteen Press is the young adult imprint of JMS Books LLC. We publish YA novels on a quarterly basis.

We do not pay advances. Authors earn 50% of the net proceeds on all electronic and print sales. Royalties are paid quarterly.

Publishing With Us:

    We are a non-subsidiary, non-vanity press. We contract for exclusive electronic and print rights for the first two years, after which they autorenew.

    ALL stories are published in e-book format. Any story over 40,000 words is eligible to be published in paperback if it sells 50 electronic copies within six months of release. Print publication is not guaranteed. All print books are published and distributed through CreateSpace.

    All books are assigned an ISBN, an editor, and cover art. Before you submit, make sure your story is well-written, free of errors, and checked for grammar. Submissions with extensive problems, including those of plot and character, will not be accepted.

    Authors will be asked to provide input on cover art, and all attempts will be made to create a cover that the author likes, but we CANNOT ACCEPT author submitted artwork. Any submission that includes a cover already designed will be rejected unread.

    We DO NOT ACCEPT previously published works, including self-published books and or stories that have appeared online for free.

What We Accept:

    Queerteen Press accepts gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender fiction suitable for a young adult audience.

    This means books whose main characters are between the ages of 12 and 18 and are targeted for a young reader. Just because a story contains young characters doesn't automatically make it a YA story. If your story doesn't speak to today's teens, then it isn't right for our readers.

    Stories must be between 40,000 and 130,000 words in length. We do not accept stories outside this range.

    While we understand sexual exploration is a part of growing up, we cannot accept any books with explicit sexual content for our Queerteen Press line. If you wish to submit an erotic story containing adult characters (over 18 years of age), visit JMS Books for our submission guidelines.

    "New Adult" or stories involving college-aged kids, even if they don't contain sex, should not be submitted as young adult. These types of stories should be submitted to JMS Books even if they do not contain scenes of explicit sexual or erotic content.

    All submissions must contain a romantic element as the major focus of the story. Contemporary stories sell best.

    Limited third person or first person points of view are preferred. Omniscient POV or "head hopping" is discouraged.

    What We Don't Accept:

      Our tastes are broad, but we don't accept the following:
      • Anthologies
      • Erotica or any "onscreen" sex
      • Excerpts from longer works
      • General Fiction
      • Heterosexual Romance
      • Literary Fiction
      • Memoirs (real or fictionalized)
      • Poetry
      • Stories without LGBTQ content
      Any third-party quotes must be approved by Queerteen Press and may be removed prior to publication if copyright infringement is suspected. Song lyrics are prohibited and must be removed prior to submission.

    Submission Policy:

      Follow our submissions policy as outlined on the JMS Books website. Any submissions not formatted to our specifications will be rejected.

      E-mail your submission to submissions@jms-books.com with the subject line: "YA SUBMISSION: Title of Story by Author's Name."

      Our submissions policy and guidelines are subject to change without notice.

      J.M. Snyder, Owner
      JMS Books LLC / Queerteen Press
      Updated February 12, 2016