HURRY! Two week window to submit to a mainstream publisher
Tinder Press – part of Headline publishing group – have announced that for two weeks authors without an agent will be able to submit a manuscript directly to them.
The open period is today March 2nd to March 15th. You have to submit 50 pages (double spaced, Times Roman 12 point, double spaced – I’ve said that already but these things matter), an outline and an author biography. (Written in the 3rd person, by the way.) All this can be sent by email.
Only previously unpublished writers of fiction can take part, and collections of short stories as well as novels will be considered. BUT self published authors can submit and they welcome international submissions. Tinder are not looking for children’s or Young Adult fiction though.
Read all the rules HERE and stick to each one like glue. If editors like the first 50 pages they will ask to see the rest so it should all be done and dusted. (But see the comments below…)
UPDATE: March 11th Trinder Press was on Radio Four’s Front Row this evening – they had received 900+ submissions so far and expect to get 1000 by the time the window closes on March 15th. Don’t let those figures daunt you – they are committed to reading each submission even if it takes a couple of months through the whole pile. There isn’t one “prize”: they are looking for anything that jumps out and fits into the range of adult fiction they publish so that could mean more than one… They also have no objection to an author finding a literary agent after they have been selected.
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photo credit: What 185,000 words looks like, copyedited manuscript for MAKERS, the office, Clerkenwell, London, UK.JPG via photopin (license)