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Calls for submissions


Nothing currently; keep an eye on our newsletter for updates.


  1.  Children’s picture book manuscripts (closed: 20th April 2019)
  2. Gothic Poems (closed: 9th November 2018)
  3. Insect Poems, for children (closed: 5th October)
  4. Illness Poems (closed: 31st August 2018)
  5. Night-time Stories (closed: 3rd August 2018)


Frequently-asked questions about submissions

Will you consider translations for your poetry anthologies and pamphlets?

Yes, we are always happy to see translations. Translators can submit multiple proposals (i.e. one per author).

Will you consider translations for your picture books?

We’re not looking at translations in this call for picture book manuscript submissions, as the point of it is to create our own original books rather than buying rights from other publishers.

We do of course publish translated children’s books, so if you are a literary agent and would like to pitch something to us, drop us an email or arrange a meeting with us at the London Book Fair.

Does the writing in your anthologies and pamphlets need to be unpublished?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.

Does the writing in my picture book manuscript need to be unpublished?

Yes. See above for the question about translations – we are looking for new and original manuscripts which we can work on with the authors. If you come to us with something you already consider to be finished, because it’s actually been produced in print or online, the editorial conversations are likely to be quite awkward.

Do I have to arrange for my book to be illustrated?

Not at all – we will work with you to find an illustrator we’re all happy with. Experience has taught us that it’s best for us to manage the commissioning and briefing of illustrators.

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

Yes, we welcome international submissions. You’ll need to buy a book/ebook from our website if you’re not already an Emma Press author, in order to join the Emma Press Club. If you don’t want to pay for the international shipping, you could always buy an ebook.

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.

What happens if you do like my writing?

We will let you know by email and take it from there. We will probably have some suggestions for tweaking or developing your writing further, so we’ll explain that all in the email.

Will I get any money?

We offer each anthology poet two complimentary copies of the book and a discount on future purchases of the book. Pamphlet and picture book authors get royalties and complimentary copies.

And finally . . .

We only publish writing which we utterly love and believe in, which means the matter of what we publish will always come down to our personal tastes. If we can’t publish your work, it’s not a judgement on the quality of your writing so much as a reflection of our personal preferences in writing. If you would like to get a sense of our tastes, do take a look at the books we have published so far.


Watch this space for the next call for submissions, or sign up to our newsletter below to hear about submissions before anyone else. You can read our blog about processing submissions over on the Emma/Valley Press blog.