Manuscript Submissions

General Interest Fiction and Nonfiction Books

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscript submissions. If you want to publish a manuscript, a good way to start is by looking for a literary agent in the Literary Marketplace. This is a reference book that can be found in most public libraries. The book lists literary agents around the country, their addresses and phone numbers, and the types of books that they specialize in handling. You might also want to pick up a copy of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Division book How to Be Your Own Literary Agent by Richard Curtis.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt regrets that we can no longer consider unsolicited poetry. Since our poetry publishing program is quite small, we have decided to reserve it for the authors to whom Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has already made a commitment. Please seek out resources like Poet's Market if you want to pursue publication.

Children’s Books

Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Versify are the hardcover imprints of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Division.

Please note: Versify, Clarion Books, and HMH Books for Young Readers will not be reviewing unsolicited submissions at this time. Versify will reopen to unsolicited submissions in the future.

If you submitted your work to Versify prior to April 13, 2020, your submission is still under consideration. However, while we accept unsolicited and un-agented submissions, we do not respond unless we are interested in publishing the work or would like to request a revision. Our time frame for a response is up to twelve weeks. If you do not hear from us within this time frame, please assume that we have not chosen your manuscript for further review. We regret that we cannot respond personally to every submission, but each manuscript does receive careful consideration. Please do not follow up with request for an update, as we will be unable to respond.