Written by Emily Harstone July 19th, 2019

Flame Tree Press: Now Seeking Manuscript Submissions

Update December 8th, 2023: Hachette UK recently announced that they became a shareholder of Flame Tree Publishing. Hachette UK has been the companies distributor for a while now.

Flame Tree Press is an imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Flame Tree Press focuses on publishing speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime fiction. They have been around for a couple years now and have good distribution in the US and the UK. I have seen their books at brick and mortar bookstores on numerous occasions.

Their covers are generally excellent. Their website is a little overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Some parts of the submission guidelines are confusing and contradictory. They mention having a viewable contract, but the link to it links to the website as a whole, and I was not able to find one.

This is particularly important because the contract has some issues, which you can read about here, but hopefully they are being resolved. Approach with caution because of that.

They are looking for novels that are between 70,000 and 120,000 words in length. While they do prefer previously unpublished work they will consider previously released titles (self published or traditionally published), as long as all rights belong to the author.

They ask that you submit your whole manuscript. They have detailed submission guidelines you can see here. You can see what fiction they’ve published in the past here.

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing. You can follow her on Facebook here.


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