Submission windows

In 2019, there will be one general submission window for full-length manuscripts. This is: 

15-31 July 2019

In addition to this, there are two extra submissions windows to encourage writers who are currently under-represented in UK publishing:

One, for women writers only, is open from 26 March until 11 April 2019. 

The other, for writers of colour, is open from 15-30 November 2019.

Submissions should be emailed to with a brief covering email. Before submitting, please read the guidelines below.


Other key information

  • We publish adult literary fiction (novels and short story collections) 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.

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in full, with a covering letter/email as outlined above. Synopses are welcome but not essential.

  • Do 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.* (If you are looking for advice on your writing, we do offer an editorial feedback service. Further information can be found here. Please note that this is a separate endeavour. It is not an alternative, or preferential, way of submitting to us.)

  • We do not accept or return posted manuscripts.

* 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 titles, offer feedback, or answer email inquiries. (We get 200+ emails a day, and as much as we’d like to give everyone time, we simply can’t. If we did, there would be nothing left for our writers, or publishing the kind of wonderful book that alerted you to us in the first place.) 

If we have questions about your work, you will hear from us within six months. If you don’t – do please take heart and 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.