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Music Submissions

World Library Publications welcomes your music submissions. We are a publisher of resources for Roman Catholic worship, and of music for the eucharistic liturgy in particular. We also publish music that is useful for the worship of other Christian denominations, as well as for other sacramental rites, various types of prayer services, retreats, and conferences. WLP is looking for musical settings of texts that serve and inspire the prayer life of the Church, as well as instrumental works that support and inspire prayer. This can include service music for the entire congregation, or music for various types of choirs. Please note that we always are in need of quality, accessible music for choirs with limited resources: unison (perhaps with instrumental or simple vocal descant), two-part (equal or mixed voices), three-part (especially SAB). We also publish music for handbells, piano, and organ. WLP publishes music in a variety of styles, including traditional hymnody, contemporary songs, chant or chant-based pieces, Hispanic, and gospel/spiritual.


To ensure that your submission will move efficiently through the review process, we urge you to follow these guidelines.

Musical/Textual Content

Texts that present the scriptures and Christian doctrine in a fresh manner, especially those that reflect Roman Catholic theology, are encouraged. Certain texts (Psalm 23, the Lord's Prayer, the Ave Maria) already have many settings, resulting in less need for those texts. Those texts that have fewer musical settings have a greater potential to catch the eye and ear of the review board. It is our experience that musical settings of these texts also tend to be more favorably received by churches. Pieces that incorporate copyrighted music from other publishers will not be reviewed.

Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission

  • Please limit the number of pieces in a single submission to a reasonable amount; we suggest no more than five pieces.
  • Send a photocopy of your manuscript, not the original.
  • Manuscripts must be legible. Illegible manuscripts will not be reviewed.
  • Manuscripts should be written in music notation with lyrics, chord symbols, or keyboard accompaniment.
  • Leadsheets with chord symbols are acceptable for submission.
  • In vocal scores, careful alignment of syllables to notes is appreciated.
  • Be sure to indicate metronome or tempo markings, as well as style markings on the manuscript.
  • Please proofread your manuscript before submitting it, paying careful attention to capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and hyphenation.
  • Be sure that all texts used are grammatically sound.
  • For your own protection, your manuscript should carry a copyright notice.
  • A valid copyright notice, placed on the first page of the manuscript, consists of the symbol © (or the word copyright), the year, and the name of the copyright owner.


Though not necessary, a recording allows us to hear what you had in mind, especially on more complex pieces. A recording may be sent along with but not in place of the written manuscript. The recording need not be studio quality. Note that your recording will not be returned unless you have requested its return in your cover letter.


You may send your materials to the address below by any form of postal mail. WLP will not accept submissions by fax. Enclose a cover letter that includes your contact information.

Editorial Department
World Library Publications
3708 River Road, Suite 400
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158

Electronic Submissions

All guidelines that apply to printed/recorded materials for submission apply to electronic files and audio files sent electronically. WLP will accept submissions of manuscript files in electronic form in pdf format only. WLP will accept submissions of audio files in mp3 format only, as support materials for manuscripts sent by e-mail. Please include a text file with your contact information so that WLP can process the submission. 

WLP cannot accept the actual files created with engraving software such as Finale and Sibelius. WLP is currently accepting electronic submissions only via Dropbox. Submissions can be uploaded at the following address:



WLP will send you a letter of acknowledgment when your music is received. Electronic submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The review time may vary depending on the amount of material to be considered and the review board's schedule. The process generally takes three months; however, if you have not received any correspondence at the end of three months, feel free to contact us at the postal or e-mail address below. At the end of the review process, you will receive a letter notifying you that your music has been accepted, or a letter declining its publication. WLP does not include critique or other comment for submissions that are not accepted for publication. Your materials will not be returned to you unless you have requested its return in your cover letter.

Editorial Department
World Library Publications
3708 River Road, Suite 400
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158

On behalf of the entire editorial review board, thank you for your interest in World Library Publications.