Are you looking for a list of Catholic publishers accepting submissions?
Below, we’ve featured 13 Catholic book publishers that are currently accepting manuscripts.
Our Sunday Visitor is a non-profit Catholic publisher based in Huntington, Indiana. Founded in 1912 by Father John Noll, OSV was originally established as a weekly newspaper, but they have since expanded their publishing scope to include periodicals, pamphlets, educational materials, and books. They currently publish an average of 30 to 40 trade books each year. Some of their bestselling titles include Created for Love: Reflections for the Catholic Bride-to-Be, Unworried: A Life Without Anxiety, Encountering Mother Teresa, and Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture.
OSV is currently open for submissions, and their areas of interest include spiritual growth, family and marriage, faith and culture, biographies, evangelization and apologetics, worship, and prayer. If you have a manuscript or book idea you think OSV might be interested in, you can visit their Submittable page to review their guidelines and submit your work. Should you have any additional questions, you can get in touch with OSV through their online contact form.
Named after Saint Ignatius Loyola, Ignatius Press is a Catholic publishing house that was founded by Father Joseph Fessio in 1978. In 1979, they published their first book—a translation of Louis Bouyer’s Woman in the Church. Their catalog has expanded considerably since then, having published a wide selection of books across a range topics, including apologetics, history, philosophy, spiritual growth, biographies and memoirs, general theology, current issues, science and faith, and more. They also occasionally publish fiction and books for children. Their most recent titles include Western Culture: Today and Tomorrow, The Irony of Modern Catholic History, and The Power of Truth, among others.
Ignatius Press is currently accepting submissions. Please note that they are not interested in poetry, prayer books, dissertations, or small pamphlets. If you are interested in submitting your work, you can check out their submission guidelines here. For any additional questions or concerns, you can reach Ignatius Press here.
Emmaus Road Publishing is an Ohio-based publisher that specializes in creating Catholic resources for both clergy and laypeople. They have been producing Catholic content for almost 20 years, and their books span various subjects, such as marriage, family life, apologetics, theology, spirituality, religious education, and more. Emmaus Road also publishes books for children and teens. Their bestselling books include The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages, Courageous Women: A Study on the Heroines of Biblical History, and These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body.
Emmaus Road is currently accepting submissions via email. Submissions must include three sample chapters, a synopsis, information on the target audience, and a brief author biography. They are not interested in poetry, memoirs, fiction, biographies, or short booklets. For more information, you can take a look at their submission guidelines here. If you have any other questions, you can send them an email.
Based in New Hampshire, Sophia Institute Press is a non-profit organization that publishes books that nurtures the moral, spiritual, and cultural lives of their readers. One of their main goals is to spread the Gospel of Christ in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The press was founded in 1983, and they have since published more than 200 titles. They mainly publish non-fiction books on spirituality, philosophy, and theology. Their bestsellers list includes titles like Cooking with the Saints, The Missionary of Wall Street, The Priests We Need to Save the Church, and How Catholic Art Saved the Faith, among others.
Sophia Institute Press is currently open for submissions, and you can learn more by checking out the submission guidelines on their website. Once you are ready to submit, you can do so via email. For general inquiries, you can contact them here.
5. Loyola Press
Loyola Press is a Chicago-based publisher specializing in books and other multimedia products that inspire people of all ages to lead purposeful lives. They were founded in 1912 as Loyola University Press but became a separate entity in 1940, and they changed their name to Loyola Press in 1995. The press primarily publishes school books, particularly in the areas of faith formation and language arts, but they also publish adult non-fiction. Topics include history, spirituality, inspiration, devotionals, memoirs, family, prayer, grief, and more.
Loyola Press welcomes submissions. The books they are interested in can be classified under two categories: books that help people experience God in their lives and books that explain the richness of Catholic faith. You can learn more about the kind of work they are looking for by reading their submission guidelines. For general inquiries, you can get in touch with them here.
Based in Massachusetts, Paraclete Press is the publishing house of the Community of Jesus. While they do publish a wide range of Catholic books, their catalog represents a complete expression of Christian faith and practice—be it Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, or Evangelical. In addition to non-fiction books, daily devotionals, and prayer books, Paraclete Press also publishes poetry, fiction, and children’s books. Their latest releases include Victorious by Stan Guthrie, Art and Theology in Ecumenical Perspective by Timothy Verdon, Drawing God by Karen Kiefer, and Saints at Heart by Bert Ghezzi.
Paraclete Press is currently open for submissions. To get a better idea of the kind of books they are looking for at the moment, check out their submission guidelines. If you have any other questions, you can reach Paraclete Press via email.
Pauline Books and Media is one of the most trusted Catholic publishers in the United States. They are the publishing apostolate of the Daughters of Saint Paul, and they specialize in Catholic books for both children and adults. The areas they publish in include spirituality, prayer, faith formation, family life, children’s fiction, and teaching resources. They do not publish poetry, fiction for adults, or memoirs.
If you would like to submit a proposal to Pauline Books and Media, you can get started by checking out their submission guidelines here. If you need more information or have any general inquiries, you can contact the Daughters of Saint Paul via email.
Ave Maria Press is a Catholic publishing company based in Notre Dame, Indiana. The press was established in 1865 when Father Edward Sorin launched the Ave Maria magazine with the goal of honoring Mary through exceptional American Catholic writing. The magazine ceased publication in 1970, but the press continued to produce books and pamphlets. Since then, they have published the works of important Catholic authors, including Thomas Green, Lisa Hendey, Joseph Champlin, Tom Corcoran, Michael White, Mother Teresa, Edward Hays, and Robert Wicks, among others.
Ave Maria currently welcomes submissions in the form of book proposals. For more information on what to include in your proposal, you can take a look at their submission guidelines here. Please note that they do not accept unsolicited submissions in the following areas: children’s books, fiction, and personal accounts of conversion. You can get in touch with Ave Maria Press via email should you have any additional questions.
Based in New Jersey, Paulist Press is one of North America’s leading Catholic publishers and a major component of the work of the Paulist Fathers, a society of missionary priests established in 1858. Father Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, started the press as a way to make American Catholicism more accessible to laypeople. Since then, Paulist Press has carried on Father Hecker’s vision, publishing books on faith, personal growth, worship, philosophy, theology, spirituality, social issues, pastoral ministry, and more.
Paulist Press accepts book proposals in the following categories: academic books, children’s books, popular books, and professional books. Each category has a different set of guidelines, so make sure you check them out here. For general inquiries, you can contact Paulist Press via email.
Liguori Publications is a non-profit Catholic publisher based in Missouri. Founded in 1911, they first started out as a magazine for and by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. The Liguorian Magazine remains their most popular publication, but they also publish books, pamphlets, and parish materials. Their mainly produce educational and inspirational books on prayer, faith formation, the sacraments, personal growth, family life, and spirituality. They do not publish poetry, fiction, autobiographies, private revelations, or works that are not founded in Roman Catholic belief.
If you have a manuscript that is in line with Liguori Publications’ vision, you can submit a proposal according to the guidelines stated here. Should you have any other questions, you can contact them here.
11. Liturgical Press
Liturgical Press is a Catholic publisher operated by St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Founded in 1926, the press is one of the leading liturgical publishers in the United States. They mainly publish books on parish life, academic resources, monastic traditions, spirituality, prayer, and Christian living. Some of the award-winning titles on their list include Sauntering Through Scripture, God’s Good Earth, Illuminating Justice, Spirituality: An Art of Living, and A Pope Francis Lexicon, among others.
Liturgical Press is currently open for submissions. If you are interested in submitting, you can follow the steps listed here. Should you have any additional questions, feel free to get in touch with Liturgical Press here.
12. Rafka Press
Founded in 2006, Rafka Press is a Catholic publisher located in Phoenix, Arizona. They specialize in spiritual readings, children’s fiction, marriage, and family life. They are very selective about the books they publish, and they only publish books that truly faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Some of their most popular titles include Open Letters to Catholic Graduates, Well Adjusted: Raising Children from Hearth to Heaven, and The Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
Rafka Press only accepts submissions from Catholic authors. At the moment, they are most interested in children’s fiction that ends with a strong moral conclusion. To learn more about what they are currently looking for, you can check out their submission guidelines. You can also contact them through the inquiry form on their website.
13. Orbis Books
Based in New York, Orbis Books has been at the forefront of religious publishing since 1970. They are the publishing arm of the Mary Knoll Fathers and Brothers, producing a wide range of books on Catholic life, theology, spirituality, prayer, and current affairs. Some of their most recent titles are Abuse and Cover Up: Refounding the Catholic Church in Trauma, An Ecological Theory of Liberation, Catholicity and Emerging Personhood, and Marked for Life: A Prison Chaplain’s Story.
If you would like to submit your work for Orbis Books’ consideration, you can do so via email or post. For information on what to include in your proposal, make sure you check out their submission guidelines here. You may also reach them through the contact form on their website.
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