Written by Emily Harstone

Grub Street: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Grub Street is a small UK-based press, not to be confused with the creative writing center in Boston. Grub Street publishes nonfiction, but only in two niche markets. The books they publish are either on Cookery (recipes), or Military Aviation history. They are not interested in any nonfiction outside of these areas, or fiction at all. Within these niche markets, they are well-known, and award-winning. They have even been voted International Cookbook Publisher of the Year at the World Cookbook Awards in 2000. You can learn about their history here.

Their covers are wonderful and topic-appropriate. They seem to have good distribution within the UK. It’s very easy to get a feel for what they publish in terms of both niche markets by visiting their main page here.

They put in effort in terms of promoting their authors and sporadically host events, which you can see listed here. They are active on social media.

You can submit your work via email or post.

For Military Aviation submissions, they ask that you email a synopsis, a sample chapter and brief author biography. For Cookery submissions they ask that you email a contents page, up to 10 sample recipes and a brief author biography to a different email address. You can see both email addresses, and the postal address listed here.

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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