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Submission Guidelines: Improbable Press

Submissions Open Until 1 September 2021

Tell Us Your Story

Improbable Press today, right now, wants your novel, novella, or graphic novel. We love contemporary supernatural, adventures, mysteries, and some sci-fi/fantasy* (think Black Mirror), starring or written by those who have, for too long, been footnotes in another person's story. 

That means we'd love to see your story headed up by a female-identifying person, or disabled, LGBTQIA, neurodiverse, minority, or ethnic person — in short, tell us tales of people who as much as anyone can and do have adventures, romance, joy, and sorrow. Maybe your protagonists are two robots and a Deaf human, a black disabled person and a pansexual ghost, a trans white woman and a straight indigenous man. Whomever they are we want to know their story but know this – it must be one about hope. What are we not looking for? Horror/rape, hard sci-fi, traditional fantasy, or traditional romance.

Send us your best ideas. Make us want to publish your work. You can do that three ways.

Bring us your voice

Bring us your crazy-unique-wonderful way of telling a story. IP's books are inclusive stories vibrant and unique with your wit and talent. Don't write stuffy, write fantastic.

We can't say it enough: Write like you. Like you write right now. Don't write Serious Fiction™. Write with joy and verve and then, well…

Tell us your story idea

To help us reply quickly, please send: a brief email telling us about your book; include a synopsis, one sentence or paragraph explaining the high point of each chapter; send your entire manuscript.

We love romance in our mystery, adventure, and supernatural tales too, and sex if that's your forte. As explicit as you like. Happy sex of all kinds is what we want if happy sex you write. Go for it, let them sweat and keen and come. That's what people (and werewolves and cryptids and aliens) do.

It's vital that you write protagonists of all kinds: women, trans, disabled, minorities, own voices/indigenous cultures. We want to expand hero far beyond white, straight, and male, though of course your story might include people who identify as all three. Not sure if your story fits? Drop us a short note and ask!

And if you think "no one would want to read something I wrote, would they?" Read these encouraging words and think again.

Don't wait for us to say yes

Keep writing. The busier you are on the next story or book the better. If you keep going one tale stops mattering so desperately much and you get better quicker. Or sell more. Or both. So, though we'll reply as soon as we can, keep going. Do, and you'll keep doing.

Submissions to: submissions@improbablepress.co.uk.

* By 'some fantasy/sci-fi' we mean near-future earth (again, think Black Mirror). It can also mean alien astronauts in Regency-era Wales or Celtic gods on a human moon colony. Not sure? Ask!