Written by Emily Harstone June 11th, 2020

Legend Press: Accepting Manuscript Queries

Legend Press is a UK based independent press open to direct and agented submissions. They publish contemporary fiction and crime fiction (largely psychological and political thrillers). They do not publish any work that falls outside of these genres. You can get a good feel for what they publish by visiting their website here.

Years ago Legend Press was linked with a vanity publishing outfit that had issues with payment and distribution. This is clearly not good and you can learn more about it here. All this happened over five years ago, but it is important to take into consideration.

All submissions must be made via email. Your submission must include the following, according to their website:

  • Why you think Legend Press is the right publisher for you
  • Details of any previous publications
  • Details of any competition successes
  • At least two comparable titles i.e. books that have been published in the last five years that are similar in style, subject matter and/or readership
  • A detailed synopsis
  • The first three chapters of your manuscript (as an attachment)

They take up to six months to respond to a submission. They ask that you only contact them during this time if you sign with a literary agent or receive an offer from another press.

To see their submission guidelines go here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.


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