General Guidelines

Buttontapper Press is a micro-press run by author Laura Roberts. We publish digital and print-on-demand anthologies of short fiction and essays in the Love and Relationships genre, and are gearing up to present our new Mystery line, Damned Dames, beginning in March 2016. All current calls for submissions will be listed on this page, and we will ONLY read work sent for specified calls.

Please DO NOT send us items that fall outside of our specific calls for submission, as these will be deleted unread and your email address will be added to our blacklist.

DO use standard manuscript format for all submissions. DO NOT send previously published works. (You may, however, send work that has been posted on your personal blog.)

Damned Dames Imprint

Damned DamesOur new Damned Dames imprint will focus on the mystery genre, with an emphasis on:

    • Female PI’s and protagonists
    • Subgenres including noir, cozy, and caper
    • Both professional and amateur sleuths
    • Novella-length manuscripts (15,000–30,000 words)
    • Stories that pass the Bechdel Test and subvert the clichés of the genre

Got something to submit? Send us the following:

    • A one-line summary of the story’s plot (i.e. elevator pitch, log line)
    • One-paragraph author bio
    • Links to all your social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GoodReads)
    • First 5,000 words of your manuscript

If we accept your pitch, we will request the completed manuscript within 90 days. If a full manuscript cannot be provided in this time frame, we’ll pass. Full manuscripts provided within 90 days of acceptance will be evaluated for market suitability and editorial direction before an official contract is sent.

We are a royalty-paying market. No advances will be given.

We are looking to start publishing novellas in this imprint beginning in March 2016. Submissions are open on a rolling basis, so have at it!

Audiobook Auditions

Are you an audiobook narrator looking for work? Buttontapper Press has several titles currently open for auditions on ACX. We’re looking for audio partners — narrators that will help market the books they work on, even after they receive a check — so take a look at our listings to see if we’d make a good match:

Please submit your audition on the ACX site. And check back frequently, as we’ll be adding more new titles soon.

Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs

Submissions are currently closed for this anthology. Stay tuned for our Valentine’s Day release in 2016!


Coming Soon

Thank you for your interest in Buttontapper Press. We will be adding new calls for submissions soon.

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