Friday 13 February 2015

Tinder Press Open Submission #Writing #Submissions

Tinder Press Open Submission

Headline imprint Tinder Press will celebrate two years of publishing by opening submissions for unagented manuscripts for two weeks in March.

Tinder Press Publisher Mary-Anne Harrington said ‘Since we launched Tinder Press with the publication of INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE by Maggie O’Farrell, we’ve had a huge amount to celebrate, and 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting year, with new novels from Patrick Gale and Sarah Winman.

‘At Tinder Press we are committed to finding the freshest literary voices, and the time seems right for us to reach out directly to authors at an early stage in their careers. This business is all about discovering new talent, so we’re hoping to be surprised and delighted, and that at the end of the day we’ll find an author we can go on to work with in the future.’

Tinder Press have partnered with The Reading Agency to launch the campaign, which will be promoted to libraries and readers during the submission period with posters and flyers offered to participating libraries. The Reading Agency will also promote the offer to reading groups through its Reading Groups for Everyone website.

Knowing the close connection libraries have with writers, we are delighted to be partnering with Tinder Press to bring a unique opportunity like this to library audiences and reading groups.’ – Karen Brodie, Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency.

From 2nd to 15th March, the imprint will be open to accept fifty pages, an outline and an author biography from previously unpublished writers of fiction. Short stories will be considered, in addition to novels.

All entered books must be complete, and written in English. Submissions will be read by the imprint’s editors. Full manuscripts may then be requested, and selected authors will have the opportunity to meet with one of the Tinder Press editors.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically, and should be made via

The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency is a leading independent charity whose pioneering work brings the joy of reading to the widest possible audiences across the UK, in partnership with the public library service. The charity’s mission is to create and deliver innovative reading opportunities inspiring more people to read more, encouraging them to share their enjoyment of reading with others and celebrating the difference that reading makes to all our lives. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.


Please note that no submissions will be accepted before 2 March 2015.

Can I enter more than one submission?
Due to the high volume of submissions expected, we will be limiting this to one manuscript per author.

How should the 50 pages be presented?

The 50 pages should be in 12 pt, in a font similar to Times New Roman, double-spaced and should be the first 50 pages of the manuscript. Please ensure that the spelling and grammar of your submission is in the best condition possible before submitting.

What books are eligible?

Tinder Press publishes adult literary fiction. Regrettably, this means that children’s fiction (including YA) and poetry will not be considered. Please consider whether your novel will fit in with our list before submitting.

Will I get feedback on my submission?

We will request the full manuscript if we feel your first 50 pages have potential to fit on our list. Due to the large amount of submissions anticipated, regrettably we will not be able to respond if you are unsuccessful.

What is your definition of ‘published author’?

By published author we mean that you have had a book published under your own name by a recognised publishing house. Short stories and poetry in anthologies or self-published novels will not disqualify you.

I’m not from the UK. Can I still enter?

We will be accepting submissions from worldwide, as long as they are written in the English language.

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