Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Jazak Allahu khair for your interest in Muslim Writers Publishing (MWP). Manuscripts will be vetted as quickly as possible. Expect to receive a response from MWP within four weeks of submission, insha Allah.
** We do not accept any material that contains pornography, excessive foul language (preferably none, please), hate speech or calls for violence against anyone.
** We regret that we do not accept submissions for children's picture books at this time.
When submitting a manuscript for consideration, please adhere to the following insha Allah:
1. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
2. Use Microsoft Word only. No Word Perfect. Use 12-point font New Times Roman font. ALL CAPS DOCUMENTS will not be considered.
3. In the header on the right hand side, please list your name, email address, other contact information, and a short statement regarding the authorship and ownership of the work. For example:
Phone (USA) 703-555-1212
I, John Doe, am the author and copyright owner of this work.
4. On the footer of your manuscript, add page numbers on the right side of the pages.
5. In the center of the front page toward the top, put the title, author, number of words and genre. For example:
By John Doe
Young adult historical Islamic fiction
6. Write a short biography of the author. Example:
John Doe is an American Muslim convert living in Virginia. He is a software
engineer who writes on topics related to the American Islamic experience. While
taking a sabbatical to study Islam at Al Azhar University in 1997, Mr. Doe met
his wife and fell in love with the Egyptian people, history and culture. Since
then, he has studied and become an expert in modern Egyptian history,
contributing to publications such as National Geographic and Newsweek. TITLE
is Mr. Doe's first novel.
7. Read and agree to the following text by cut-n-pasting this text below your biography:
By submitting this manuscript, in whole or in part, I agree that there is no
contractual or publishing relationship between Muslim Writers Publishing
(MWP) and myself. I own all copyrights to this story and have the right to have
the full manuscript published or licensed. I have never published this story,
whole or in part. No other publisher has any rights or license to publish or sell
this manuscript, whole or in part, or anything similar to it. If I have submitted a
partial manuscript and MWP asks for the entire manuscript, there remains no
contractual relationship unless a publishing and/or agency contract is signed by
8. Below that, put a short synopsis of your story, who your target audience is, and whether (and why) you consider the work to be Islamic, in that it teaches about Islam in some way. Also state why your book is different from other similar books on the market, if there are any, and why it should be chosen for publication. Example:
TITLE is a fictional story about a boy named Aziz, who, with his widowed
mother, lives during the British colonization of Egypt. As a young adult, he
becomes part of the Egyptian force that expels Britain and opposes the
establishment of Israel. He is a supporter of nationalism and pan-Arabism that Gamal Abdel Nasser advocates after World War II.
This story is Islamic fiction. Although the topics of nationalism, war and pan-
Arabism are not Islamic, Aziz and his family are Muslims of varying degrees of
faith, and positive lessons about Islam are depicted throughout the book.
This book should be chosen for publication for several reasons. First, although it
features a wholesome story appropriate for any age, the story is targeted for
young adult males, which is an underserved market in English-language Islamic
fiction. The story is interesting, educational and full of action. There are plenty
of stories about the Egyptian revolution, but not many that are well written and in
the English language, and not any that are targeted to young adults. Also, the
depictions of Islamic practice are educational and something that young Muslims
can appreciate and connect with. Finally, the story is well-written, using
appropriate grammar, spelling and word usage.
9. Below the synopsis, add at least three chapters of your story. Use double spaced text. Example:
Allahu akbar, Alhamdulillah, Subhan Allah. La illaha illa Huwa. La illaha
Mohamed Ar-Rasool Allah.Alhamdulillah, Subhan Allah. La illaha illa Huwa. Every
good boy deserves fudge. Alhamdulillah, Subhan Allah. La illaha illa Huwa. La illaha il
Allah. Mohamed Ar-Rasool Allah.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these
rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive
of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such
form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.