CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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We do not accept poetry or plays, and we are not currently seeking children’s books.
Unfortunately, we do not currently have any opportunities for editors, proofreaders, cover designers or illustrators.
Please do not send in your manuscript when we are closed to submissions.
When we are open to submissions, you can send your work straight to us – no need to go through an agent.
Please make sure you follow the submissions guidelines – read this page, then at the bottom click through to the instructions for submitting fiction or non-fiction as relevant.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if you wish to withdraw your submission at a later date. We will consider books that have been previously self-published.
As a social enterprise we’re especially keen to publish:
- Books by or featuring underrepresented groups
- Books by writers from our region. We define that as Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk
What do we mean by ‘underrepresented groups’?
We don’t offer a definition of ‘underrepresented’. If you feel that there’s a group which just doesn’t feature much and they appear in your novel, go ahead and tell us – we want to hear about it. But do be wary of tokenism and make sure the inclusivity is authentic.
What do we mean by ‘our region’?
We’re based in the fens in north Cambridgeshire. We define our region as Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Suffolk. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from writers in those counties.
This part of the UK is very rural and geographical isolation can be a real challenge, so we work to bring more literary activities to our local area by running events ourselves or working in partnership with other local organisations. We’ve held workshops, run competitions and helped organise literary festivals.
We’re looking for novels and novellas for adults and young adults in the following genres:
- Historical fiction
- Contemporary fiction
- Speculative fiction – such as fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian fiction, steampunk, ghost stories, dark fairy tales, etc.
We’re especially keen to publish books championing diversity in a genuine, non-tokenistic fashion. We have a particular soft spot for stories featuring characters involved in alternative education, especially home education.
Above all, we all want a great read. We are looking for character-driven books that are well written, with a well-crafted plot, an entertaining narrative, and a strong sense of place and time.
Your word count should be appropriate for your genre. There are no hard and fast rules, but as a general guide we would expect the following:
- novellas: 20,000 – 40,000 words
- contemporary fiction novels: 70,000 – 90,000 words
- historical or speculative fiction novels: 90,000 – 110,000 words
For non-fiction, you’ll need to be very knowledgeable about your subject and able to write about it in an entertaining way.
You’ll also need to demonstrate that there is an audience for your book, for example by running a website, blog and/or social media accounts and actively engaging with your followers.