Book proposals

We are not currently accepting new book proposals

Unfortunately we receive more proposals than our small team can reasonably consider (roughly 1,200 per year). For this reason, we have taken the decision not to read new proposals from 8 November 2018. Any proposals sent in any form will not be read, and no correspondence will be entered into. We will announce an open call for proposals in 2019 via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our mailing list.

Guidelines

We aim to publish exciting, risk-taking new poetry, fiction, literary criticism and non-fiction.

We are interested in innovative writing, and in performance.

We do not publish single poems or previously published books, including self-published books.

We edit all our books rigorously. If this will upset you, please do not send us your manuscript.

A track-record of magazine, pamphlet or online publication, readings, residencies and/or creative projects is desirable.

We encourage proposals from all writers, regardless of age, gender, race, religion and background.

Our focus is UK-based literature. If you are based outside the UK, please give careful consideration to how you would work with us to prepare and market your work.

If you’re unclear whether we’re the right publisher for you, we recommend reading some of our books to find out.

Send us your proposal

Send your proposal to [] with your book title in the subject line.

Please ensure all attachments are in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

As well as a sample of your work please include a short covering note and biography in the body of your email.

Proposals by post (or by hand) will be recycled without having been read. Please do not telephone our office with queries.

We aim to respond to your email within three months.

Fiction

We will consider proposals of literary fiction including full-length novels and collections of short stories. Please include a synopsis and one sample chapter.

Poetry

Send us a sample of poetry up to ten A4 pages (in one document). Please note: we do not publish pamphlets/chapbooks, visual/concrete or illustrated poetry.

Non-fiction

We are interested in publishing non-fiction in the following, and related, subject areas: alternative approaches to landscape and place, new nature writing, the environment, psychogeography, cities and urban studies, London history and society, literary criticism, literary history. Please include a chapter outline and one sample chapter.

Feedback

We are unable to give you specific feedback if your proposal is unsuccessful. If you require editorial feedback, we would recommend you try Arvon, The Poetry School or The Literary Consultancy.

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