Kelp Journal is an online literary magazine with oceanic, conservationist, and surf forward themes. We publish writers, travelers, artists, and photographers from all over the world in all types of genres. We have published work from NYT best-sellers, Reese Witherspoon Book Club picks, and International best-sellers. Some writers we have worked with include Tod Goldberg, Maria Hummel, Michael Scott Moore, Lawrence Block, Stephen Graham Jones, Karen Rinaldi, Amita Basu, Peter Heller, Jessica Piazza, Andy Weir, Ben Loory, and many more.

Kelp Books is an independent press located in Pebble Beach, California. The press seeks to discover new talents and publish brave, off-beat, and adventurous fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

We're looking for submissions of literary, crime, thriller, mystery, and horror manuscripts. A sense of place is important to us, and while no place is excluded from our appetite, we strongly prefer coastal themes, West Coast locales, surfing, and works that embody travel and adventure.

​We will consider novel-length (70,000-120,000 word) manuscripts. We also consider short story collections, poetry, and non-fiction.

​No agent is required in order to submit. 

*Guidelines. We will not read submissions that don't follow these. Upload a word doc, or pdf with your query letter, synopsis, and first ten pages of the manuscript. If we are interested we will reach out. Thank you!

Kelp Journal is an online literary magazine with oceanic, conservationist, and surf forward themes. We publish writers, travelers, artists, and photographers from all over the world in all types of genres.

The Wave is a delightful mixture of all our sections, published on our multimedia blog. We are looking for flash and micro fiction in any genre; short essays on any topic, including spooky encounters; book reviews; poetry, with a focus on emerging poets; and photography and art. As always, coastal, travel, and adventure themes are preferred; however, all will be considered.

When submitting, please name your submission file with your last name, title of work, and section.

Ex: Olsen_Crush_Fiction

Ex: Santana_Gone Fishing_Non-fiction

Ex: Larks_Snowfall_Poetry

Please note that submissions that do not follow Kelp Journal guidelines will receive an automatic decline.

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