Little, Brown Book Group’s digital first imprint Blackfriars will be open submissions for literary novels for one week this December. Authors will be able to submit their projects, without agent representation, from December 1-7, 2014. Blackfriars publishes fiction and nonfiction titles.
Authors who have been previously published through a traditional house cannot apply. Others can submit the first chapter, a one-page synopsis and an author biography to Blackfriars@littlebrown.co.uk. All submissions will be read by two editors (not slush-pile flunkies), and full manuscripts will be requested for novels in which they are interested.
All novels must be complete, written in English, and at least 70,000 words. More information and the submission criteria are available on the Blackfriars’ website.
Other publishers to hold an open submissions period include Penguin Random House’s Jonathan Cape, HarperCollins’ crime imprint Killer Reads, and HarperCollins HarperVoyager imprint, which has already signed 15 writers through its open submissions process. Check out their websites for details. And good luck!