Written by Emily Harstone

Bluemoose Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Bluemoose Books is an award winning independent publisher based in the UK. It was founded by Kevin and Hetha Duffy. For a small press, the books they have published have gone on to win major prizes, including the Walter Scott Prize, Portico Literature Prize, and many more have been long and shortlisted. They are a small press that focuses on publishing only a few literary novels per year.

You can get a feel for the books they publish here. They have excellent covers. They don’t disclose their distributor but because they’ve had books featured in major reading program’s in the UK, I assume that the distribution within the UK is good.

All submissions must be made via email. They only publish adult novels, generally of the literary variety. They ask that you send the first three chapters and a synopsis. They try to respond to all submissions within 24 weeks, but if you have not heard from them during that span of time, they are not interested. Do not submit your work for consideration unless you think it is a good  fit.

To see their submission guidelines visit their about page, and scroll down.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 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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