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Thornapple Books | Levellers Press

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Thornapple Books, the literary fiction imprint of Levellers Press, publishes engaging, distinctive and emotionally resonant work. We are dedicated to publishing a small number of novels that exemplify extraordinary writing.

Thornapple Classics reissues outstanding fiction no longer in print. Forthcoming are novels by Roger King, whose brilliant work, widely praised for its intensity and controlled clarity, will now find a welcoming U.S. readership.

The thornapple or hawthorn tree, our namesake, is legendary for its beauty, its sturdiness and it’s ancient association with supernatural worlds. Providing food, shelter and medicine, it is an emblem of hope said to heal a broken heart and give the weary rest. Used for fence posts, it marks boundaries; used in grafting, it transcends disparity. And so in like manner, well-crafted literary fiction charms, nourishes, protects and heals, delineating and amalgamating. These diverse properties Thornapple Books exits to celebrate.

We invite manuscripts for consideration.
Please see our Submissions Guidelines to the right.

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Thornapple Books exists to publish novels that are rare and fine. We seek works of beauty and depth, lyricism and heart, fiction distinguished by an understanding of the human desire for meaning, connection, and transcendence.

Submission Guidelines:
(We are unable to review submissions which do not follow these guidelines.)

  1. We accept only unpublished work.
  2. We will consider work that has been submitted simultaneously to other publishers. Kindly indicate it is a simultaneous submission and please withdraw the work immediately upon acceptance by another publisher.
  3. We do our best to respond in a timely manner and request that we not receive inquiries regarding your manuscript under review until we have had four months for our reading.
  4. We accept material from either agent or author.
  5. All submissions must be made electronically.
  6. Please double-space your manuscript, and use Times New Roman font, size 12.
  7. Please copy and paste the first fifty (50) pages of your manuscript into the body of the email.
  8. We will open no attachments.
  9. Click here to e-mail all submissions, if you do not have a default mail program you can right click on the link and select “Copy Email Address.”
  10. We regret we are unable to respond to any questions sent to this address. It is to be used only for the submission of manuscripts.
  11. Please include your name, address and contact information. We require no cover letter. Work is to be judged upon merit alone.

   This Road Will  Take Us Closer to the Moon
This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon is a life in stories, the life of Margaret Mackenzie, a woman whom the reader comes to love. Weaving back and forth across the years, these stories invite us in, they tell us secrets, whisper mysteries, allowing us to know and feel deep joy, distinct sorrow, the silliness and rich meaning, in the living of one precious lifetime.

Linda McCullough Moore is the author of the literary novel, The Distance Between, and more than 200 shorter works of fiction, essay, memoir and poetry, published in such places as The Massachusetts Review, The Sun, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Glimmer Train, House Beautiful, The Boston Globe, and The Southern Review. She is the winner and finalist for a number of short fiction awards, including The Pushcart Prize XXXV. Her reviews appear in Books and Culture, and her commentary is heard on NPR. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where for the past two decades she has taught weekly creative writing workshops and mentored aspiring writers. To schedule author’s events: 413-586-8792
  Readers say:
“These stories won me over at once, heart and mind together.”
—Alice Munro

“The storyteller is a poet, or the poet is a storyteller. You may not actually be wiser or happier after reading it, but you will believe that you are for a lovely glowing while. Finally, the book you didn’t know you’ve been longing for.”
—Carol Edelstein

“That terrific and rare writer who can pair side-splitting humor with heartbreaking truth. She never ceases to make me laugh. She never ceases to make me cry.”
—Sy Safransky, Sun Magazine

“I loved these stories. Profoundly serious, absorbing, deft, and rare.”
—Edith Pearlman

“Like Raymond Carver, these linked stories attend unerringly to ordinary moments in ordinary lives. A life revealed in episodes, with breathless flights of imagination…..quiet, insistent, closely focused fiction.”
—Brad Davis