Calls for submissions
- Poetry pamphlets for adults and children’s poetry collections (closed: 24th January 2020)
- Night-time Stories (closed: 3rd August 2018)
Frequently-asked questions about submissions
How many are you planning to choose?
Ideally we’d find 4-6 pamphlets and 1-2 children’s 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.
I am going to find it hard to be able to afford the submission fee, but I would really like to submit. Can you help?
Just drop Emma an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know your situation and we’ll sort something out 🙂
I have a full-length collection of poems for adults. Can I submit this?
No, because we don’t publish full-length collections for adults – just pamphlets.
I have more than one children’s poetry manuscript or 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, as we asked for just one. If you’re struggling, have a think about what might be the best fit for The Emma Press.
I’ve written a pamphlet/children’s collection with a friend. Can we submit as a pair?
Sure! Just figure out how to fill in the Google form together (not one each), and be aware that you’ll split the complimentary copies and royalties.
I have an illustrator in mind for my Pick/Art Square/children’s collection. Can I send you some samples of their work?
Steady on, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! You can certainly mention this at the end of your form, but do bear in mind that I can’t guarantee your chosen illustrator will be used. It’s probably best to assume they won’t be, 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 for your poetry anthologies and pamphlets?
Yes, we are always happy to see translations. Translators can submit multiple proposals (i.e. one per author). If you’re a translator, you can always just arrange to meet Emma at the London Book Fair though, instead of going through this round of submissions – your choice!
Does the writing in your anthologies and pamphlets need to be unpublished?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.
Do I have to arrange for my book to be illustrated?
Not at all – depending on how much money Emma has at the time, either Emma will illustrate it or she will commission someone else to illustrate it.
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.
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 ten 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.