Writers Guidelines

High Plains Press is a regional book publishing company specializing in books about the American West, with special interest in things relating to Wyoming. We publish about four books a year and have been in business since 1986.

We focus on "Old West" history and Poetry of the American West. Old West history is what we can sell best. We are also interested in other nonfiction and historical nonfiction relating to the West.

The bulls-eye of our target marketing area is Wyoming. We market successfully throughout the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. Our marketing is not as effective elsewhere, but we are slowly expanding.

We publish one poetry title a year in a series called "Poetry of the American West." We define this as poetry with a strong sense of place, that place being the West. Query us with a ten-poem sample. Poets whose work we are seriously interested in will be asked to submit a book-length manuscript in August when a selection will be made.

We have no outlet for single poems or for article-length material. We do not publish material written for children, nor do we publish fiction. Although our primary interest is in historical nonfiction, we will continue to publish contemporary nonfiction and how-to-books if they seem to fit our market.

Writers wishing to submit nonfiction should send a query letter, a 2-3 page summary of the manuscript and two sample chapters to High Plains Press, P.O. Box 123, Glendo, WY 82213. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply or for return of your materials.