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Open Submissions Window

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Open Submissions Window

From Monday September 6th 2021 until Sunday September 19th, Team Parthian will be opening a submissions window!

Please note that we are ONLY looking for novels and creative non-fiction (memoirs, biography, critical essays).

I’m afraid we are NOT looking for short story collections or poetry at this time. If you send your poetry or short fiction, it will not be read.

And we've gone digital! So it's email submissions only please, to Team Parthian: parthiansubmissions@gmail.com

Read the info below and then send us your best work! We anticipate a high volume of submissions and we'll start reading them from Monday September 20th, so bear with us while we give every manuscript our close attention.

Please direct any queries you might have about this to our publishing manager, Carly: carlyparthian@gmail.com

Happy Writing!



How long before I hear back?

We usually aim to respond after one to three months but this can take longer at busy times / if we are sent a high number of manuscripts.

What should I include when I submit my manuscript?

When submitting a manuscript you must include, in a separate attachment (word or PDF, not ODT please):

  • A concise but comprehensive synopsis of your piece of work (1-2 sides of A4 maximum). We need a full synopsis including endings / spoilers.
  • The first 30 pages as an example of your style of writing.
  • A cover letter which should explain why you believe your writing sits comfortably with the Parthian list, and what additionality and breadth it offers the list, and your publishing history to date, if you have one, including any related bursaries, residencies and prizes.

Should I send you the entire manuscript?

No, we only want the first 30 pages. If we like what we’ve read so far, we will then contact you to ask to see the full manuscript.

What should I include in the cover letter?

In the cover letter, you should describe your motivation for writing the manuscript, give some brief biographic information, detail your previous publishing history (if relevant), and describe why you think your manuscript matches Parthian's publishing profile and what makes it new.

What should I include in the synopsis?

The 1-2 page synopsis should describe the entire plot of your book, including the ending and spoilers. We will read all submissions  ‒ you should not use your synopsis to entice us.

Which email address should I send my manuscript to?


Write the title of your submission in the subject header.

Can I submit more than one manuscript at a time?

No. Please only send us one manuscript at a time. In the first instance, please familiarise yourself with our books and then submit.

When will I get a reply to my submission?

We will try to get back to you as fast as possible, and we aim to respond to all submissions within 4-12 weeks. However, during busy periods this can take longer. If you haven't heard back within 12 weeks then please feel free to query the status of your submission.