Manuscript Submissions

Submission Windows: 1 - 30 

 

Submission Window: Currently closed. Expected to reopen August 2020. 

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You can still apply for manuscript feedback while our submission window is closed - see bottom of page. 

 

What will we be looking for?

  1. Individual short stories/ Short Story Collections/Poetry Chapbooks/Full Poetry Collections

 

  • 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.)

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

  • Writers 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?

 

  • Each stage of the publishing process is predominantly managed by editor Isabelle Kenyon, who works closely with her writers to ensure that they are happy with the way their work is presented, and will suggest ways of improving the work, where it can be even stronger.

  • Authors receive free copies of the book and 30% in royalties, 3 times the recommended royalty rate from the Society of Authors.

  • All books are marketed to the highest standard, and we work hard to promote them! This includes social media coverage, attending book fairs, review copies to journalists, interview coverage and advertising. This is not standard for a small press and something we take pride in investing our time within. (However, it is worth saying that as we very rarely have a team larger than one, all book marketing requires a team effort.)

  • We publish quality over quantity. 

How to submit:

You must have purchased a book from the Fly on the Wall website in 2020! 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.

The Shorts Season: A series of individual, limited-edition, politically-engaged short stories, published in pamphlet book form throughout 2021 and available as a subscription.

Guidelines:

  • Individual Short Stories: Between 5,000-11,000 words, with the subject line 'Shorts: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt. Preferred page size: A5. Speech marks to be double " ".

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual.

  • 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.

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2020 book purchase receipt, thank you.

The Shorts season will work differently to our other titles. These stories will be limited edition, which means it will not be available through our usual channels as print-on-demand. Instead, we will distribute paperbacks and ebooks through our website, and once physical stock has gone, it has gone!

Short Story Collections:

 

Guidelines:

 

  • No limit on individual story length. Total length of manuscript between 12,000 and 30,000 words with the subject line 'Shorts: First Name/Last Name',  attach in both word and PDF formats to flyonthewallpress@hotmail.com Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt. Preferred page size: A5. Speech marks to be double " ".

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual.

  • 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.

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2020 book purchase receipt, thank you.

Poetry Chapbooks:

 

Guidelines:

 

  • Up to 32 pages of poetry. No restrictions on individual poem length. Closest book size for line length is A5.  One new poem on each page. Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual.

  • 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.

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2020 book purchase receipt, thank you.

Poetry Collections:

 

  • Up to 70 pages of poetry. No restrictions on individual poem length. Closest book size for line length is A5. One new poem on each page. Preferred font: Perpetua 12pt

  • We would love a third person biography with your submission which helps us to know your past publication history in reputable literary journals and any competition success. We are looking for writers who have are willing to engage with the marketing of their own work, so any ideas that you have for this are also of interest! We are working with you as a person as well as with your words and we love the process to be fun, so in this initial submission, we like to get any idea of who you are as an individual.

  • 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.

  • Please note, we cannot read submissions which do not follow our guidelines regarding length or without a 2020 book purchase receipt, thank you.

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. 

FAQs

Some of my poems/stories have been previously published. Is this okay?

 

Yes but we would advise 50% of the collection to be unpublished, as we do find it difficult to sell if a high proportion of the work is freely accessible.

How many are you planning to choose?

Ideally we’d find roughly 5 pamphlets/full collections of poetry, 7 individual short stories and short story collections.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions? i.e. Can I send my manuscript for consideration by other places too?

 

Yes, that’s fine – just drop us an email if you need to withdraw your entry.

Can I submit a poetry collection AND  a short story collection?

 

Yes, you can submit in two categories, but just one of each please.

 

I have more than one poetry pamphlet I would like to show you, and I’m finding it hard to choose. Can I just send you both?

No, please choose just one. If you’re struggling, have a think about what might be the best fit for Fly on the Wall Press as a socially conscious publisher.

I’ve written a collection with a friend. Can we submit as a pair?

Sure! Just email in together and be aware that you’ll split the royalties.

I have an illustrator in mind for my collection. Can I send you some samples of their work?

This is slightly overwhelming for a publisher in an initial enquiry!  It’s probably best to assume they won’t be used because we are a small press with tiny budgets (all books are designed by Isabelle currently, with a few exceptions), so have a think about how you would feel about that and if you’d still want to submit. If your manuscript gets through to the shortlist stage then we can discuss it, but if I don’t like their style/fee/attitude then it will have to be a no.

Will you consider translations?

Yes, we are always happy to see translations. 

Does the writing need to be unpublished?

It’s fine if your poems/stories have been previously published, but please do check with those publishers or publications that you still hold the rights to your poems and can licence us to publish them again with no additional payments or paperwork.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still submit?

Yes, we welcome international submissions.

When will I hear back about my submission?

We send updates on our progress in our newsletter, so that is the best place to look if you’re wondering when you might hear back from us. We do reply to everyone, and we read all of the submissions very thoroughly, so thank you for being patient with us.

Will I get feedback if my submission is unsuccessful?

We will email everyone to let them know the verdict on their submission, but we can’t offer individual feedback except via our paid feedback option below.

I can't afford to buy a book at this time, can I still submit?

We always allow 10 free submissions to our anthologies, however we can't waive this requirement as well, as it is our standard requirement and keeps the Press running. However, you will find our submission call out is open for a long period of time and that the lowest books in our store are £3.50, the price of a large brand hot drink! We appreciate this may be frustrating for you, but we mitigate this by keeping these guidelines up all year round, ensuring people have as long a period of time possible in which to select a book they like the look of! 

Want feedback and a submission outcome within 3 weeks?

You can pay a submission fee to get manuscript feedback - and fast! This is not a line by line editing service - for that, see our Author Services - however, we will be advising you on elements holistically such as collection arc, sentence structure and character development as well as a shortlisting decision if we feel it is suitable for the Press (if not, we will suggest alternative publishers). For poetry chapbooks and individual stories, this feedback is £15 and for short story collections and full poetry collections this feedback is £30 via the Donation button. (You can still apply for feedback while our submission period is closed.)