I've posted details on a few UK publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts from writers. There is no need to have an Agent. You should visit their web sites to get more information or to see the type of books they publish before submitting your work.
Independent publisher Myrmidon, welcome new and original submissions from both established and first-time writers. These can either be sent directly or through an established literary agent. Please note that they do not currently publish non fiction or children’s books, short stories or novellas.
Only hard-copy submissions are accepted at Myrmidon. Unsolicited materials sent by electronic mail will be deleted unopened.
Send the first two or three chapters of your manuscript which should be typed with double spacing and with each chapter beginning on a fresh page.
Enclose a brief covering letter that outlines the nature and subject of the work and a little about yourself. Include any previous writing experience you may have had and whether the chapters are from a completed draft or a work in progress. (If the latter, give a realistic assessment of how much remains to be written and when you expect to finish.)
Delightfully enough, Myrmidon say they rarely bother to read synopses and find they seldom do a novel justice. If you choose to include one, please restrict it to two sides of A4.
You must enclose a suitable, self-addressed envelope with return postage. (Return postage should be in the form of International Reply Coupons if you are submitting from outside the United Kingdom.)
Send your submission to the following:
Myrmidon Books Ltd
Newcastle upon Tyne
There is more information on the publisher's web site including writers resources and getting an independent assessment of your work.
Constable and Robinson
C & R are happy to read material from potential new authors. The following guidelines aim to help you with your submission. All submissions should be marked for the attention of the Publisher's Reader and sent to us by post at:
Constable & Robinson
3 The Lanchesters
162 Fulham Palace Road
C & R currently welcome non-fiction and crime fiction book ideas and synopses.
A one-page synopsis and one sample chapter (no typescripts), plus a covering letter outlining previous experience, expertise in the subject, etc. The letter should state precisely the readership at which you are aiming (it may help to cite a similar title in the field already successfully published), and it should also explain why you believe there is a gap in the market/the merits of your proposal versus titles already in print.
Ideally, all material should be typed in double spacing on one side of the paper only, and chapter pages should be numbered.
They do not accept submissions by fax or e-mail and can only reply or return sample material if a stamped, addressed envelope or an international postage voucher is included.
Owing to pressure of submissions, we do not acknowledge receipt or give editorial guidance or advice on the material we reject.
C & R aim to respond within one month of receipt, although if we're especially busy this is not always possible. If you have any queries, please contact us at email@example.com
Alma Books only publish literary fiction and a few non-fiction titles with a strong literary or historical connotation. NO children's books, poetry, academic works, science fiction, horror, fantasy or other genres that do not fit in with their programme.
Sudy their list and take a look at the books they publish to get a better idea of what might be considered.
They only accept submissions by post. Please do not send submissions by email, or they will be automatically rejected. Include a synopsis, two sample chapters and a stamped SAE (please make sure you include full postage). Please allow up to six weeks for a reply.
Submissions should be sent to:
243-253 Lower Mortlake Road
Surrey TW9 2LL
Do not call their office to enquire about the status of your submission, as they are a very small team and receive hundreds of submissions every month.
They do not publish children's books or accept submissions of poetry. Neither do they accept unsolicited submissions via email. If you have a work of fiction that you strongly believe would suit their list, post a synopsis, sample chapters and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
14 High Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1TE.
It may take up to three months for them to get back to you.
Whilst they do not accept manuscript submissions, they are happy to accept artwork samples and illustrated stories. For samples or CDs send in at least eight to ten colour samples of your work.
Illustrated stories: If you have written a story and would like to send in an illustrated manuscript they are happy to receive the typed manuscript or an illustrated dummy. Please do not send any original artwork or dummies, only copies.
Any submissions will also need to be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope. They also accept submissions by email. Email submissions should be sent as a jpeg or PDF for images and as a Word document (5 Mb size limit) for the text.
Allow three months for them to respond. Please send email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send samples to:
The Art Department
Walker Books Ltd
87 Vauxhall Walk
Submissions of novels are very welcome. They publish contemporary adult novels for the mainstream market. NO crime, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy or historical fiction etc. NO non-fiction and NO short stories at present.
They accept short stories as part of Legend Press annual short story series. Submissions for the 2011 collection open in Summer 2010, so keep checking their website to find out details.
If you think your novel would fit their list e mail 3 or 4 chapters as an attachment to email@example.com including a synopsis and covering email. DON'T send work before it is completed.
In addition Legend Press's sister company Paperbooks Publishing is now on the look out for writing talent in a new innovative way! Click here for more details.
Submissions for the 2010 Luke Bitmead Bursary are now open. Click here for more information.
Tindal Street Press
Tindal Street Press accept submissions direct. They publish contemporary fiction from the English regions – i.e. outside of London and the south-east. If you are unsure whether your work counts as ‘regional’ then you can call them on 0121 773 8157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
They publish around six adult fiction titles a year but will not consider poetry, children’s, sci-fi, fantasy or romance. To submit a manuscript send a synopsis and the first 3 chapters of a novel, hard copies only by post with a covering letter and return postage to:
Tindal Street Press
217 The Custard Factory
Short stories can only be considered if presented as a coherent, complete collection.
Choc Lit Publishing
If you have a novel with an irresistible hero and you’re looking for a publisher, then send it to Choc Lit for consideration?
Your novel must be:
romantic fiction which must include the hero’s point of view
for an adult audience
70,000 to 100,000 words long
completed – we can’t consider works in progress
not currently accepted by any other publisher or agent.
NOT erotic fiction.
Once your novel is ready to be submitted, please send a synopsis in an e mail to email@example.com Do not send as an attachment. Include a paragraph about yourself.
Do not send unsolicited submissions by post.
For further information and guidelings visit the Choc Lit web site.