Borough Press launches open submission window

Borough Press launches open submission window

The Borough Press is launching its latest open submissions window for those from lower socio-economic groups or black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, with the opportunity of winning a £10,000 publishing contract.

The window is open to unagented authors who have written a literary or literary-commercial novel. Writers are invited to submit the first three chapters or 50 pages of their novel (up to 10,000 words) to boroughsubmissions@harpercollins.co.uk along with a synopsis of the book and author biography.

The submission opens on 1st December 2020 and closes on 31st March 2021. One winning applicant will secure a £10,000 publishing contract with The Borough Press for world rights, and receive help in finding a literary agent.

Margot Gray, editorial assistant, who is running the open submission, said: “To the detriment of our culture and readers everywhere, some writers continue to be underrepresented in publishing, facing more barriers than others in getting their books to the shelves. At The Borough Press we’re dedicated to putting things right by seeking out important voices that we know audiences will love. I’m so happy we are opening our submissions to those who are too often excluded from the conversation, and using our platform to champion exciting new talent.”

This will be the imprint's fourth open window, with the first launched in 2014.  Katie Munnik won in 2017 and the most recent in 2019, specifically for writers from BAME backgrounds, was won by Sophie Jai.

Suzie Dooré, publishing director, said: “We are committed to casting the net as widely as possible when seeking out new literary talent, so when Margot suggested this open submission I was delighted to support her. Publishing can so often seem like an impenetrable fortress to new authors, so we are hugely in favour of anything that makes it easier for us to read—and then publish—their work.”

The submission is open to UK residents who meet the entry criteria, and the winner will be decided by 31st May 2021. For full terms and conditions, visit the imprint's website boroughpress.co.uk.