Flame Tree Submissions Policy


We are happy to receive submissions for our Flame Tree Press imprint. It’s the new author-led, trade imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. The Press list focuses on speculative fiction, art and music.

We do not take submissions for our illustrated non-fiction book publishing list. Occasionally we accept ideas for our calendar programme.

For our full range of publications please take a look at flametreepublishing.com. We are a global publisher and sell through all major wholesalers, retailers, and online outlets. We sell foreign language co-editions and translation rights to publishers in many countries around the world, including France, Germany, China and Brazil, and attend all major book fairs including Frankfurt, Beijing, London and the American Booksellers Association.

1. Fiction

We are a trade-publishing house (that is, we publish books for general readers which are made available through all channels in the book trade). We are generally interested in SF, fantasy, horror and crime fiction.

We are looking for novels in the range of 60,000 to 120,000 words.

Please note that our preference is for completely new novels, previously unpublished in any form; however if you would still like to submit a previously released title (which you retain the rights for), we might consider it.

We only accept short stories for specific anthologies which are announced on our website, our blog and through Facebook, Twitter and Google.

2. Non-fiction: Music and Art

We are interested in biographies and non-fiction subjects in all fields of art and music. Our reader is not academic, but serious, not mass market, but broadly literary and interested in cultural matters.

We are looking for works in the range of 60,000 to 120,000 words.

Please summarise any obvious competitors for your work, and why your own work offers a different perspective.

Please let us know if there are any relevant exhibitions or anniversaries that would help market the book.

3. General Submission Guidelines

It is an advantage, but not essential, to show that you have published work in magazines, websites or other online publications which are relevant to your area of interest or expertise.

It is not necessary to use a literary agent.

Please email your work to submissions@flametreepublishing.com, and include:

  • A synopsis of no more than 3 paragraphs.
  • The word count.
  • The whole manuscript, in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats.
  • Please include your name and email address on the manuscript itself.
  • A writer’s CV with a summary of previous publications/awards, recognition for your work by institutions or other parties.
  • To avoid any conflict of interest, please tell us if you have also sent your manuscript elsewhere.

Response times: We will acknowledge receipt within one working week. We hope to make a judgement about publication within two months, depending on the season and number of titles submitted overall. Our editorial board tries to make regular contact with our community of writers, even if publication of an individual manuscript has not been agreed. We try to be positive and encourage writers as much as possible, especially new authors.

Generally speaking we expect to publish simultaneous hardcover, paperback and ebook editions to the trade market, online and retail stores, and library markets. We cannot guarantee levels of sales but will work hard to promote and advocate for the books we publish.

We use industry standard royalty contracts, with a reasonable view on electronic rights. We do not pay generous advances but expect to work with the author to market their work effectively.

4. Contact

Our full contact details can be found on our website (flametreepublishing.com). If you’d like to keep up to date with our news and special offers, please use the sign-up forms online.

Please send queries and manuscripts to submissions@flametreepublishing.com.