Manuscript Submissions

Submission Windows: 1 - 30 

 

Submission Window: September 1st 2019 - November 15th 2019, 12pm (Lunchtime, UK Time)

I'm a strong believer that literary presses should not hoard or forget about manuscripts, so a short reading period enables me to get back to you in as short a time as possible. 

 

What am I looking for?

  1. Collections of poetry

  2. Collections of Flash fiction/short stories

  3. Individual short stories (as part of a Fly on the Wall Press 'shorts' season)

 

  • Writers who have a strong voice and style.

  • A manuscript with a theme or story arc.

  • Writers unafraid to make a statement about something; to make a mark. (Fly on the Wall has published anthologies on mental health, social exclusion and global warming so far.)

  • I prefer writing with a sprinkle of social consciousness.  Definition of social consciousness here. 

  • Poets who have engaged with the work of Fly on the Wall before as a reader and feel they understand its ethos as a publisher. We are not an insular publisher: work must be accessible and engaging. 

 

Why Fly on the Wall Poetry for my book?

 

  • I work closely with my writers, to ensure that they are happy with the way their work is presented, and I will suggest ways of improving the work, where I feel it can be even stronger.

  • I will be providing both author copies and royalties and there are no hidden fees.

  • I pay 2-3 times the recommended royalty rate from the Society of Authors.

  • I will make sure the books are marketed to the highest standard, and work hard to promote them! (However, it is worth saying that all book marketing requires a team effort.)

  • I publish quality over quantity. 

How to submit:

  • This is a free submission call but you must have purchased a book from the Fly on the Wall website in 2019! To prove this, please forward the purchase email to me or tell me roughly what month and under what name, so that I can find this for you.

Poetry:

  • Submit your collection of between 20 and 40 poems with the subject line 'Chapbook: First Name/Last Name', and attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com

  • Submit with a short bio, listing any previous publication credits which you may have.

  • Tell me briefly: How will you market your book?

  • Simultaneous Submissions are absolutely fine. Individual works in collection may be previously published.

  • FAO: We realise our maximum of 40 poems makes for a chunky chap. We like this. However, most of our chapbooks average at 27-32 poems if you prefer a guideline. If your collection is under 20 poems currently, we are happy to still read this. 

Flash Fiction/Short Story Collections:

  • Submit your collection of between 2 and 10 flash fiction pieces/ 2- 5 short stories, with the subject line 'Fiction: First Name/Last Name', and attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com

  • There is no word limit on collections but as a guide, a collection as a whole of 10,000- 17,500 words sounds about right. If you have any queries/worries on word count, do feel free to get in touch.

  • Submit with a short bio, listing any previous publication credits which you may have.

  • Tell me briefly: How will you market your book?

  • Simultaneous Submissions are absolutely fine. Individual works in collection may be previously published.

  • (Individual author collections are new for 2020, however you will find examples of flash fiction and short stories which Fly on the Wall have published previously in The Weird and Wonderful Magazine.)

  • A helpful tip on style and content. We want socially conscious work. For example, we love 'The Bone People - Keri Hulme', focusing on the Maori community, we love this talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche on the danger of telling a single story.) and here are 8 socially conscious novels.

Individual Short Stories: For 'shorts' season:

  • Submit your story of between 2,000 and 5,500 words, with the subject line 'Shorts: First Name/Last Name', and attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com

  • Submit with a short bio, listing any previous publication credits which you may have.

  • Tell me briefly: How will you market your book?

  • Simultaneous Submissions are absolutely fine. Individual works in collection may be previously published.

  • (Individual author collections are new for 2020, however you will find examples of flash fiction and short stories which Fly on the Wall have published previously in The Weird and Wonderful Magazine​.)

  • A helpful tip on style and content. We want socially conscious work. For example, we love 'The Bone People - Keri Hulme', focusing on the Maori community, we love this talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche on the danger of telling a single story.) and here are 8 socially conscious novels.

I very much look forward to reading your work and appreciate your time in considering Fly on the Wall Press as a home for your book. 

Want feedback and a submission outcome within 2 weeks?

You can pay a submission fee of £15 to get full manuscript feedback - and fast! 50% of this is refunded if you are chosen for publication.