We’re so pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting 27 days of open submissions for new titles, in association with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Starting September 1st 2015, we’ll be accepting submissions from authors without agents, in the hunt for the next bestselling debut author. The open submissions will close midnight on Sunday 27th September.
At least five winners will be announced in January, and will receive editorial feedback as well as the chance to have their finished manuscript considered for publication. Entrants will be required to send in a one page pitch for their manuscript, plus the first 5,000 words. The novel itself does not have to be finished at the point of submission and all fiction genres will be considered, although the winning manuscripts will all have the potential to be a mass-market bestseller for adults. It must be a debut novel, with the entrant having never been published in print before, or had a deal with a traditional publisher.
All of the entries will be read by either a Twenty7 editor or a member of the team at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.
“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. Publishing can be very risk adverse in the current climate, yet we have seen several debut success stories in the last year like Jessie Burton and Emma Healey racking up huge sales. 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. I can’t wait to see what manuscripts will be landing in our inboxes!” – Joel Richardson, publisher at Twenty7
As well as accepting open submissions, we will be posting online content around the 27 days including editor Q&As on Twitter, blogs on writing tips and pieces from the authors already acquired on the list discussing their writing process.
In order to submit, please email your one page pitch and first 5,000 words as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line OPEN SUBMISSIONS – only entries received between 1st and 27th September will be considered – so hold on tight and brush up that pitch!