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Manuscript Submissions

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Now open for submissions of novels and novellas!

Manuscript feedback still available at the bottom of this page.

Our annual poetry collection and short story collection window opens on the 1st of August. For a reminder, subscribe to our monthly mailing list here. 

Dates for your diaries:

Monday 28th June 2021 - Saturday 9th October 2021 midnight GMT: 

Reading period for Novels (up to 75,000 words only) and Novellas (up to 40,000 words only)

Sunday 1st August 2021 - Saturday 9th October 2021 midnight GMT

Reading period for poetry (chapbooks up to 32 pages of poetry/books up to 70 ) and short story collections (up to 40,000 words only)

Before submitting, please ensure you are familiar with our mission and our books as we love to work with authors just as passionate about the Press as we are passionate about their writing! We do ask that writers have bought a book from our shop (in any format) in the year that they submit their manuscript, in order to ensure this and to support our publishing schedule.

If you are submitting from the EU, please read this blog post (in short - to avoid dreaded Brexit VAT, please do feel free to buy from an online book retailer such as Blackwells and screenshot to us.)

 

Guidelines

 What are we be looking for?

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Individual stories/ Short Story Collections/Poetry Chapbooks/Poetry Collections/Novels/Novellas

  •  Writers who have a strong voice and style. A manuscript with a theme or story arc.

  •  Writers unafraid to make a statement about something; to make a mark. 

  • We prefer writing with a sprinkle of social consciousness and political engagement.

  • Writers who have engaged with the work of Fly on the Wall before as a reader and feel they understand its ethos as a publisher. We are not an insular publisher: work must be accessible and engaging. 

 

Why Fly on the Wall Press for my book?

 

  • Each stage of the publishing process is managed by editor Isabelle Kenyon, who works closely with her writers to ensure that they are happy with the way their work is presented, and will suggest ways of improving the work, where it can be even stronger.

  • Authors receive free copies of the book and 30% in royalties, 3 times the recommended royalty rate from the Society of Authors. We are sometimes able to provide advances when funded by Arts Council England.

  • All books are marketed to the highest standard, and we work hard to promote them! This includes entering writers into awards, social media coverage, attending book fairs, review copies to journalists, interview coverage and advertising. This is not standard for a small press and something we take pride in investing our time within. (However, it is worth saying that as we very rarely have a team larger than one, all book marketing requires a team effort.)

  • We publish quality over quantity. ​

How to submit:

You must have purchased a book from the Fly on the Wall website in 2021! To prove this, please forward the purchase email to me or tell me roughly what month and under what name, so that I can find this for you.

Currently open: 

Novels and Novellas

  • Novels are not constrained by genre, but must align with the mission of the Press. Do you write with a underlying social message in mind? If so, we're the publisher for you! If you are unsure on what a socially conscious novel/novella may look like, we encourage you to look at our existing fiction titles prior to submitting.

  • Once you've bought a book from the Press with a 2021 receipt, send us the first 10 pages of your novel or novella and a synopsis to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com with the subject line 'Novel: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt. Preferred page size: A5. Speech marks to be double " ".

  • The first 10 pages may be extended to finish your sentence!

  • Synopsis length should be minimum 100 words - maximum 500 words. 

  • We will read your 10 pages and request to read the full novel or novella if required within 5 weeks.

  • The full novel should not be over 75,000 words/novellas should not be over 40,000 words.

Currently closed: 

The Shorts Season:

A series of individual, politically-engaged short stories, which will be published in a collective anthology book form in 2022.

Guidelines:

  •  Individual Short Stories: Between 5,000-15,000 words, with the subject line 'Shorts: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt. Preferred page size: A5. Speech marks to be double " ".

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual. Are you part of any writing groups, or do you attend any open mic nights? All interesting for us to know!

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2021 book purchase receipt, thank you.

The Shorts season will work differently to the 2021 season. Instead of 6 individual pamphlets, we will collectively publish 6 stories into one huge anthology, collectively joined by their politically-engaged plots and/or characters. This will be distributed internationally and royalties will be split between the authors. 

Short Story Collections:

 

Guidelines:

 

  • ·No limit on individual story length. Total length of manuscript between 12,000 and 40,000 words with the subject line 'Shorts: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt. Preferred page size: A5. Speech marks to be double " ".

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual. Are you part of any writing groups, or do you attend any open mic nights? All interesting for us to know!

  • A helpful tip on style and content. We want socially conscious work, which would encompass terms such as social commentary or observation, as well as more overtly political story lines. We believe, sometimes, our very existence in a certain setting, or our beliefs, are political and a story can be political simply in viewpoint.

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2021 book purchase receipt, thank you.​

Poetry Chapbooks:

 

Guidelines:

 

  • Email over with the subject line 'Chapbook: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com

  • Up to 32 pages of poetry. (This is a strict upper page limit so that we can enter your chapbook into awards which request an upper page limit.) No restrictions on individual poem length. Closest book size for line length is A5 - please do change your page size to A5 dimensions if you can (148 x 210mm).  One new poem on each page. Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual. Are you part of any writing groups, or do you attend any open mic nights? All interesting for us to know!

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2021 book purchase receipt, thank you.

Poetry Collections:

 

  • Email over with the subject line 'Collection: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com

  • Up to 70 pages of poetry. (While this is our ideal, we can be flexible up to 80 pages if necessary for your collection.) No restrictions on individual poem length. Closest book size for line length is A5. Closest book size for line length is A5 - please do change your page size to A5 dimensions if you can (148 x 210mm). One new poem on each page. Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual. Are you part of any writing groups, or do you attend any open mic nights? All interesting for us to know!

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2021 book purchase receipt, thank you.

I very much look forward to reading your work and appreciate your time in considering Fly on the Wall Press as a home for your book. Your manuscript will be read with care.

FAQs

Some of my poems/stories have been previously published. Is this okay?

 

Yes but we would advise 50% of the collection to be unpublished, as we do find it difficult to sell if a high proportion of the work is freely accessible.

How many are you planning to choose?

Ideally we’ll publish 14 authors across the board.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions? i.e. Can I send my manuscript for consideration by other places too?

 

Yes, that’s fine – just drop us an email if you need to withdraw your entry.

Can I submit a poetry collection AND a fiction collection?

 

Yes, you can submit in two categories, but just one of each please.

 

I have more than one poetry pamphlet I would like to show you, and I’m finding it hard to choose. Can I just send you both?

No, please choose just one. If you’re struggling, have a think about what might be the best fit for Fly on the Wall Press as a socially conscious publisher.

I’ve written a collection with a friend. Can we submit as a pair?

Sure! Just email in together and be aware that you’ll split the royalties.

I have an illustrator in mind for my collection. Can I send you some samples of their work?

This is slightly overwhelming for a publisher in an initial enquiry!  It’s probably best to assume they won’t be used because we are a small press with tiny budgets (all books are designed by Isabelle currently, with a few exceptions), so have a think about how you would feel about that and if you’d still want to submit. If your manuscript gets through to the shortlist stage then we can discuss it, but if I don’t like their style/fee then it will have to be a no.

Equally, it’s worth mentioning our house styles here, as we do have increasingly one cover font only and one interior book font, and these are non-negotiable. We must continue to develop as a recognisable brand and business and these factors fall under a publisher’s remit only.  

Will you consider translations?

Yes, we are always happy to see translations. 

Does the writing need to be unpublished?

It’s fine if your poems/stories have been previously published, but please do check with those publishers or publications that you still hold the rights to your poems and can licence us to publish them again with no additional payments or paperwork. If your novel has been self published/short story collection, this is not eligible. For the shorts season, if the story has been previously published by a print journal or a journal now not in print/online circulation, it can be submitted.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still submit?

Yes, we welcome international submissions.

When will I hear back about my submission?

We aim to reply within 2 months after the reading period closes. We send updates on our progress in our newsletter, so that is the best place to look if you’re wondering when you might hear back from us. We do reply to everyone, and we read all of the submissions very thoroughly, so thank you for being patient with us.

Will I get feedback if my submission is unsuccessful?

We will email everyone to let them know the verdict on their submission, but we can’t offer individual feedback except via our paid feedback option below.

I can't afford to buy a book at this time, can I still submit?

We always allow 10 free submissions to our anthologies, however unfortunately we can't waive this requirement as well, as it is our standard requirement and keeps the Press running. However, you will find our submission call out is open for a long period of time and that the lowest ebooks in our store are £2.99. We appreciate this may be frustrating for you, but we mitigate this by keeping these guidelines up all year round, ensuring people have as long a period of time possible in which to select a book they like the look of! 

  

Want feedback and a submission outcome within 3 weeks?

You can pay a submission fee to get manuscript feedback in 3 weeks! This is not a line by line editing service - for that, see our Author Services - however, we will be advising you on elements holistically such as collection arc, sentence structure and character development as well as a shortlisting decision if we feel it is suitable for the Press (if not, we will suggest alternative publishers).

For poetry chapbooks and individual stories, this feedback is £25 (up to 32 poems, fiction up to 11k words) and for short story collections, full poetry collections and novels, this feedback is £45 via the Donation button (up to 70 poems, fiction up to 35k words - we appreciate novels will be of a longer length, however as this is a 'quick' feedback service, we will stop reading at this point in the manuscript. )

For feedback on the first ten pages of your novel/novella, this feedback is £25.

If you have any issues with the donate button please also find the link here.

Please indicate that you have paid for feedback in your submissions email.

You can still apply for feedback while our submission period is closed.