We only accept submissions for the following:

  • Illustrated children’s fiction for ages 5-8. We usually commission illustrators separately, but will consider self-illustrated work.
  • Fiction for ages 7-10. Can be illustrated or non-illustrated.
  • Fiction for ages 8-12. Any genre. We love humour, jeopardy, excitement and anything thought-provoking. Twee/traditional is not our cuppa.
  • Young Adult fiction. What we have published already gives a good indication of what excites us – quirky (e.g. Kirkland Ciccone‘s Endless Empress),  existential (Janne Teller‘s Nothing), dystopian (Gillian Philip‘s Bad Faith)…
  • Adult fiction. Interested in crime/thriller genres. Also, any novel with a philosophical/existential aspect.
  • Non-fiction: we have an eclectic list. If you can convince us that there is a market for your book, we’ll take a look at the proposal.
We do NOT accept submissions for:
  • poetry
  • short stories (unless in a clearly themed collection)
  • pre-school picture books

How to submit

Please do NOT send us your manuscript in the first instance. Instead, email us at submissions@stridentpublishing.co.uk setting out:

  • what you have written
  • the age range it is aimed at
  • why you think it will stand out from the crowd
  • what it could be compared to
  • your version of the blurb (very important to us)
  • the approximate word count
  • anything about you that could be relevant to marketing the book.

We’ll then respond as quickly as possible letting you know if we would like to read your manuscript.

Timescales

We always have a LOT to read and, whilst we read everything as quickly as possible, it is likely to take us a while to get back to you. So please bear with us.