Founded in 2013, Cosmographia is a publisher of soulful books by diverse voices. We were a hybrid publisher for a while, but we have recently switched back to a traditional publishing model. All submissions come through our contests. 

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Local writer Meagan Downing is collecting stories for a book on supernatural experiences, stories, legends, and folklore of the Rochester area. This book will be published by Rochester publisher Cosmographia Books and edited by Nina Alvarez.

The purpose of this book is to take a deeper, more locally sourced approach to the haunted history of our area. We are interested in YOUR stories.

If you have something that happened to you, please use this form to send us a brief description of the event. You can submit your story by Word doc, or you can record and submit a sound file (if you're more of a talker than a writer)

If interested, Meagan will follow up for more information and a possible interview. You are welcome to remain anonymous if you choose.

Follow the progress of the book - and get in touch on twitter at @SuperNaturalWNY

                                                                ABOUT MEAGS DOWNING

Meags Downing 

Meags Downing is a local writer who is collecting local stories of the supernatural from the Rochester, NY and beyond for an upcoming book. Meagan moved from the Catskills to Rochester, the land of her forefathers, for an undergraduate degree in Literature then to work towards a Masters in writing at Brockport. She plans on using her degrees to tell all the stories you’ve been warned about. 

Cosmographia announces the the inaugural Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Nonfiction. The winning manuscript will be published by Cosmographia Books, and will receive $500. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is November 15, 2018. Winner will be announced in early 2019. Entry fee: $25 US.  

This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.

We are looking for any of the areas of nonfiction:

-creative nonfiction
-essay collections (all forms including lyrical)
-hybrid (nonfiction, fiction, poetry blends, as long as nonfiction is the driving genre)

Your work can be in book form, or as a collection of essays or short pieces. There is no page limit, as long as the book is more than 30 pages.

When we say "spiritual," we don't want to limit your thinking, but here are some general topics to get your started:

-spiritual ecology
-spiritual self-development
-energy work
-psychic abilities
-the occult (tarot, diving etc)

Basically we are looking for memoirs about your spiritual journey, or about how others can develop spiritual gifts, or anything in between.

In terms of authors, think:

  • Carolyn Myss
  • Martha Beck
  • Wayne Dyer
  • Anita Moorjani
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 
  • Father Richard Rohr
  • Shakti Gawain
  • Cheryl Richardson
  • Sandra Ingerman
  • Louise Hay
  • Shauna Niequist
  • Byron Katie
  • Julia Cameron
  • Gary Zukav
and so many more. This list is not meant to limit, only to inspire.

And of course many other topics in the realm of the mystical and spiritually healing. And any approach: teaching, memoir, lyrical essay, and hybrid combinations. Whatever brings forth your truest voice and strongest narrative.

If you aren't sure if your topic fits, please feel free to email Nina Alvarez at

Here is a list of some examples of spiritual nonfiction:


Your cover letter with author bio should be pasted in the submittable form. Full manuscript should be uploaded with a brief (no more than 1 page) synopsis attached. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading.  

All awards are decided by Cosmographia staff. The winner will be announced on in our newsletter and on social media, so please be sure to subscribe or follow us to keep up-to-date on results.  

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript for publication elsewhere.

All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Cosmographia Books in addition to consideration for the Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Nonfiction .


Cosmographia Books was founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. We are all about soulful work from diverse voices. We seek writers whose art, spirit, and ethos is in harmony with our own.

About Founding Publisher Nina Alvarez

Since the time I was 15 I've been sending my own writing out for publication, and I am a published poet, short fiction writer, and playwright, and an award-winning teaching artist. In 2009 I opened my author services company, Dream Your Book. And in 2013 I opened my publishing company Cosmographia.

I believe in the sublime. I love mystics from any walk of life. I am obsessed with the transcendent search for personal meaning and expression. I'm also a Romantic in the sense that I would like to see a resurgence and reinvigorating of Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the pleasures of literature with the wisdom and spiritual technologies of the time we live in now.

I’m also a pretty hard-core mystic with no interest in or time for art that is all mind with no space for higher self. I suspect, if you found yourself here, you may be the same.

We still need wisdom. In fact, we need it more than ever. We need the prophets and channelers and true artists and healers to step forward. You are large, you contain multitudes.

If you have any questions, please email