Bonnier fiction imprint Twenty7 Books is launching a 27-day period of open submissions in a bid to find new authors.
During the open submissions period, which will start on 1st September and close midnight 27th September, writers can submit a one-page pitch for their manuscript, plus the first 5,000 words. The novel does not have to be finished and all genres will be considered, although the publisher is looking for mass-market bestsellers and the author must be previously unpublished.
In January 2016, Twenty7 Books will choose five successful writers, who will receive editorial feedback and be considered for publication.
“The unique angle for Twenty7 Books is that we are seeking out the best new commercial authors and supporting the debuts who might otherwise find it hard to get into the trade,” said publisher Joel Richardson. “We want to provide a window of opportunity for the as yet undiscovered gems out there, as well as offering advice and support for new authors during our 27 days of open submissions.”
The imprint will also put together online content about writing during the 27 days, including editor Q&As on Twitter, blogs on writing tips and articles from authors.
Twenty7 Books is an adult fiction imprint that publishes first in e-book, with mass-market paperbacks released around six months later. Richardson was appointed publisher in March,and the first e-book to be released will be Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, which has a publication date of 3rd September.