404 Ink: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Written by Emily Harstone


From now through the 31st of October, 404 Ink, an Edinburgh based publisher, is open to direct submissions of full length manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and poetry. They are a small press that has different reading periods every year, so if you are reading this after 2020, please check their website for the latest submission period.

404 Ink was founded in 2016 to support new and emerging writers. The press itself has won a number of awards. Books they have published have received press in major publications. You can learn more about the team and board behind 404 Ink here.

Outside of their full length manuscript submission window, they are also currently open to nonfiction proposals for their pocket book series, tentatively titled Inklings. More information on that series is available here.

To get a feel for the full-length manuscripts they’ve previously published, go here. Do not submit to them unless you feel like your work fits within their larger catalogue. Consider buying a book or two to verify that it does indeed fit.

They have good distribution within Scotland, and I like their covers, although they all have a very similar feel.

Their full submission guidelines are listed here, and it’s very important to follow them.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish.

You can follow her on Facebook here.

 

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