Important changes to our submissions process

Over the summer we trialled a new submissions process that saw our submissions open from the 1st – 15th each month, then closed till month end.
The purpose was to allow us to stay on top of submissions in the face of a huge increase in what we were receiving while making sure that we were never closed to writers for very long. We remain committed to providing feedback to every eligible writer who submits to us.
The feedback we’ve received from writers who have submitted to us over the trial has been positive and we have made the decision to extend it at least till year end.
Our submissions will therefore be open each month from the 1st – 15th then re-open the following month.

For October and Black History Month, our submissions will remain open for all writers and creators of colour. Please continue to submit to us through the forms, as normal. For everyone else, our forms will reopen on Monday 1st November.

If you have any feedback on our submissions policy we are always happy to receive it.

Please read down for our submissions guidelines

We are incredibly excited to read your work, so we would like you to read our guidelines carefully before you submit.

We have developed them to ensure that we can see as much of the potential in your writing and ideas as possible and not get too bogged down in the practical side of handling lots of submissions.

What we are looking for

Adult

You can send us anything you want, all we ask is that it is as good as you think you can make it right now. There’s a cliché in publishing but it’s very true, “We don’t know what we’re looking for until we see it”. There are some things we are particularly looking for at the moment and also some tips we have if you’re writing in particular areas that might help your book really catch our eye.

Fiction

We are always looking for great literary fiction that changes how we think and beautiful general/reading group fiction that we can just lose ourselves in the characters and stories.

Genres:

Crime and Thriller
Contemporary Love Stories
Family Sagas
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Historical Romance

Scroll down for general guidelines or click for more specific guidelines on fiction submissions here.

Non-Fiction

We consider proposals for big-hitting, non-fiction subjects like history, science, economics and politics as well as more popular subjects like self-help, lifestyle, pop culture, technology and travel.

Genres:

History and Science
Nature Writing and Natural History
Essays
Travel and Adventure Writing
Personal Memoir

See below for general guidelines or click for more specific guidelines on non-fiction submissions here.

Children’s & Young Adult

We are looking for stories for children and young adults that challenge and change the way that we think and represent the diversity of young people’s experiences. We are not currently taking open submissions for picture books or illustrated books. This is simply because it is a very specialist area and not one we are as experienced as we would need to be to represent writers in this area.

Fiction

We are looking for stories for readers age 8 and upwards, the novel can be the first in an intended series or a standalone. We’d love to see characters that we haven’t seen before in ever-popular genres such as adventure stories, fantasy, spy stories and any plots that will fuel children’s imaginations. We are as interested in stories that grapple with the social realities of young people’s lives as we are with more fantastical tales. Humour is always appealing, but we are also receptive to stories that address more serious aspects of childhood.

Non-Fiction

As the majority of children’s non-fiction is illustrated we are aware this is an area where we are very limited in what we will consider. We would still love to see original and diverse takes on popular themes such as emotional intelligence, inspirational memoir and practical self-help.

Adult Non-Fiction

. Ideas from journalists, academics, experts and professionals writing within their field
. Personal memoirs
. Biographies
. Essay collections
. Ideas for popular non-fiction books where you think you are the perfect person

Adult Fiction

. All genres
. Short story collections
. Graphic novels

Though we do represent some poets we do not at this point accept poetry submissions. We are very interested in poets who wish to write long-form work.

Children or Young Adults

. Fiction & Non-fiction
. All age ranges

Though we do represent some illustrated books we do not at this point accept illustrated or picture book submissions.

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