Our submission procedure
In our search for talent, Inspired Quill accepts unsolicited manuscripts for one month each year. So if you have a completed work you would like to submit, you don’t need to ask an agent to contact us! Please make sure to read the guidelines on this page. Any submissions that do not conform to our guidelines will be deleted, and not responded to.
It may take up to 1 calendar month for us to reply to your initial submission. If you have not received a return email after that time, do feel free to contact us again for an update.
If you have any queries before you submit your work to us, you can get in contact directly using the email address in the blue box on the right-hand side on this web page.
- All submissions should be 55,000 – 120,000 words (these are non-negotiable, sorry!)
- Cover letter should include title, word count, genre, and why you chose Inspired Quill
- Documents should be sent in Microsoft Word format
What we will be looking for
The Book: If you’ve written something in any of our accepted genres, then you should feel free to submit your work. (This includes previously self-published work). However, we do prefer books with a diverse cast of well-rounded characters. We strongly believe in publishing works where our readers can see themselves in the story – whatever their race, gender, age, physical ability, sexuality or social class. But we don’t stand for tokenism. If all your characters are the same, then that’s fine…but there has to be a reason for it.
The Author: Inspired Quill loves to work with folks who are determined to jump in head first, aren’t afraid of hard work (we promise to pull our weight at the same time!) and want to learn the ins and outs of the industry and digital marketing. We’ll spend the time giving you 1-on-1 mentoring…but only if it’s taken seriously. Bonus points if you’re interested in social inclusion or ethical publishing.
Important Note: We’d like to make this absolutely clear (even though we wish this was a normal given) – ANYONE who meets the above criteria is welcomed at Inspired Quill. What goes for the characters in our novels goes for the folks behind the words. No exceptions.
Our Publishing Timeline
We only want to release the highest possible quality of work. And because we’re a small publisher, that means we can’t take on more than about half a dozen books a year. To be completely transparent, these are the next publication months available. So please note that if you decide to submit, the soonest your book will hit the shelves will be the months shown below.
- February 2020
- August 2020
Send us your submission (when we’re open)!
When the time is right, please send your submission in the following format, to: sjslack[at]inspired-quill.com
Subject: [Title] – [Genre] (e.g. My Awesome Book – Fantasy)
Email Body: Cover letter (including elements mentioned above)
Attachments: Full Synopsis / First two chapters (as a Word document)
Please note that any submissions not adhering to these guidelines will be deleted without being read.
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email questions to
- Science Fiction
- Literary Fiction
- LGBT Fiction (any)
- YA (of above genres)
What happens next?
Download our guide to the submissions process.
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