Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

What kinds of books and services does Loyola Press offer?
We focus our publishing efforts in two areas: we provide resources for readers interested in Ignatian spirituality, and we support parish ministry leaders in their roles of fostering and passing on a living faith.

What kinds of authors write for Loyola Press?
We publish approximately twenty new books per year and are highly selective. We are looking for fresh, inspiring voices that celebrate and value the traditions, practices, and treasures of our 2,000-year-old faith journey. We seek writers who can speak to the needs and aspirations of our catechists and faith formation ministers. We are always looking for new voices in Ignatian spirituality. Our work is informed by the founding vision of St. Ignatius, who taught us that “finding God in all things is possible,” and we look for partners who see “the world charged with the grandeur of God.”

What types of manuscripts are of interest to Loyola Press?
Here are the two main categories of books we’re looking for:

  1. Works that help people experience God in their lives more directly, that introduce the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises and the Ignatian process of discernment and decision-making, and that open up Scripture as a way of encountering Jesus.
  2. Works that introduce and explain Catholic tradition and the richness of our faith, the significance of our rituals and practices, the ability to speak with others about what we believe, and the invitation to find a place within the Church in which a person’s gifts can thrive.

What are some recent titles published by Loyola Press?

The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Life and Revolution by Elisabetta Piqué

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney

Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber

The Catechist’s Backpack by Joe Paprocki and Julianne Stanz

Simple, Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Manney

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.

Sacred Space: The Prayer Book by The Irish Jesuits

What types of books does Loyola Press not publish?
Poetry, fiction, children’s books, dissertations, apologetics, and works that are argumentative and/or ideologically driven.

How do I interest Loyola Press in my manuscript?
1) First, prepare a book proposal before you contact us.
2) Write a clear, compelling, and concise one-page query letter. This can be sent through e-mail      or regular mail. Make sure you have a one-sentence description of your book for the subject line if you e-mail your query.
3) In your first paragraph, show us why this particular subject is worthy of a book.
4) State your proposed title and subtitle and indicate word count in your second paragraph.
5) Other issues to address in your query letter:
a) Explain what makes your book different from other similar books in the category. How is your particular take on this subject unique?
b) What problem does your book address?
c) Why are you the right person to write this particular book? What are your qualifications and expertise in the subject? Do you have a platform—that is, a speaking schedule or other means already in place to market the book once it’s published?

When can I expect a reply from Loyola Press?
Don’t call us. We respond quickly if your project is not for us, usually within two weeks. If we take a closer look at your proposal, it will take us longer due to our acquisition approval process. We publish only a small number of books, so we work very hard to make sure the books we do publish are right for us.

Will Loyola Press return my materials?
Most queries come via e-mail today. But if you send us something unsolicited through courier service or the post office, and you want it back, include a SASE or pre-paid mailer for the return.

What is the most common reason for Loyola Press rejecting a manuscript?
By far, the most common reason we turn down queries, proposals, and manuscripts is that they simply are not what we’re looking for.

How can I query Loyola Press about my manuscript?
You can e-mail Joe Durepos at

Or send your query to:
Joe Durepos
Executive Editor/Trade Acquisitions
Loyola Press
3441 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657