Black Bee Books opens submissions for under-represented voices

Black Bee Books opens submissions for under-represented voices

Recently launched publisher Black Bee Books is currently open for submissions from under-represented voices in Wales. 

The Llandeilo-based press is looking to publish both adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction, and seeking work from authors that reflects "the wide range of communities in Wales", to publish titles that will "resonate with a diverse readership".

Non-fiction and fiction submissions should be made in PDF format only to submissions@blackbeebooks.wales.

Editorial director Seonaid Francis said: “We launched Black Bee Books during the Covid pandemic, but we are very much looking forward to working with an expanding group of authors and engaging with bookshops, readers and new audiences in Wales. We are actively looking for authors who represent the diverse communities in Wales, and write with a distinctive and engaging voice that readers will empathise with.”

Francis also runs ThunderPoint Publishing, which publishes a variety of genres, including crime, LGBT, historical and literary fiction, predominantly set in Scotland. ThunderPoint titles have been longlisted and shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize, Dundee International Prize, the Polari Prize and the Bloody Scotland/McIlvanney Prize. The publisher recently sold translation rights for Allan Martin's thriller The Peat Dead, to Estonia's oldest publisher, Eesti Ramaat.

Black Bee titles are distributed by the Books Council of Wales, and published in electronic and hardback format.