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Submission for Publication

MorningStar Music Publishers is a full line independent church music publisher with over 5,000 publications. As an independent publisher, we try to address many denominational needs. MorningStar specializes largely in traditional seasonal and liturgical music, although we do publish some spiritual, gospel, and non-traditional music.

When submitting manuscripts for consideration, we ask that you consider our “niche” as described above.

Next, consider the following criteria:
1) The music/text must be written by you.
2) The material has not simultaneously been sent to or previously accepted by any other publisher.
3) The best case scenario for you as the composer and for us as the publisher is if none of the material you send us is currently under copyright. If you have used a copyrighted tune or text you must specifically list the other writers and copyright holders on your music. If you have used anything copyrighted in your arrangement/composition, you must demonstrate that you have obtained written permission to do so from the copyright holder.

We do not review music in lead sheet/chart format.

We suggest that you select no more than three or four compositions that you feel best represent your work. Computer written copies are preferred, but if hand-written, your submissions must be legible and in ink. Though they are not necessary, we welcome any recordings of works you submit. (Note that all submissions must be in written form, and that recordings do not substitute for this.) In the event that your work is not chosen for publication and you wish to have your manuscript returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please provide an email address if you submit manuscripts via postal mail.

All postal mail submissions should be sent to:

MorningStar Music Publishers
Attn: Submissions
1727 Larkin Williams Road
Fenton MO 63026

Please send us files rather than links, invitations to DropBox, or storage locations which require a sign-on. You may e-mail manuscripts in a PDF or Finale file format to:

Once your submission is received, we will notify you via an acknowledgement e-mail or letter. A review committee evaluates all submitted manuscripts as time allows, so we ask that you allow up to four months before you expect to receive a reply.