Submission windows

In 2018, there will be two general submission windows for full-length manuscripts. These are: 

15-31 July 2018

15-30 November 2018

In addition to this, an extra submissions window, for women writers only, is open from 26 March until 11 April 2018. 

Submissions should be emailed to with a brief covering email. 


Other key information

  • We publish adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do not currently consider other genres (e.g., poetry, lifestyle, commercial fiction).
  • Before submitting, please familiarise yourself with our list. In your covering letter, tell us which of our authors you have read and why you feel your work is suited to Galley Beggar Press. You can read some first chapters here, or better still, buy a book here
  • Do also subscribe to our newsletter, to get a feel for the company. (And become a Galley Buddy, if you’d like to be introduced to some excellent writers.)
  • We welcome submissions from agented and non-agented writers – and actively encourage submissions from women, BAME, disabled, working class and LGBT writers. 
  • As much as we would like to, we cannot enter into correspondence on submissions, or individual work.* 
  • We do not accept or return posted manuscripts.

*If you have submitted to us over the past two periods (July 2017 and November 2017), there are a small number of submissions we are yet to read – so hold tight! In the past, we also have not been able to acknowledge every submission. This is because we are a very small team: resources are at a premium, especially time. We value all submissions and we know how much effort it takes to write a book, and pluck up courage to send it in. But we can’t enter into correspondence about every title, or offer detailed feedback. 

If you don’t hear from us, or receive a message saying that your work isn’t right for GBP – do remember that we have a small list. We publish three to four titles a year – and there is, inevitably, some excellent work that we have to let go. We also have very particular tastes. An editor is first and foremost a reader – and what doesn’t work for one reader will often appeal to another. So take heart! And don’t just submit to us: approach other publishers and literary agents. Keep writing, and good luck.