Please read the information below carefully.
For poetry it is advisable to use the template (available for download below) as a guide and to follow the instructions therein. Most poetry submitted at either A4 size and/or at the standard default size of a word-processed page will be too large for our printed page and for our margins by some considerable measure.
With longer lines you may find that your lines will break in unwanted places and in that eventuality, the longer lines will default to a hanging-indent. We cannot shrink the typeface or change the size of the margins to accommodate the length of these lines.
For poetry that is unconventionally shaped or variously indented to different levels, the use of this template is even more important and hard-tabs must be used (again please follow the instructions within the template to see how to make a hard-tab – clue: tabs do not always work how you think they might in many word processing programs) as they represent formatting that will be stripped out at the typesetting stage. Spaces or ruler guides or the use of a word processor’s alignment tools will similarly not survive the typesetting process. We mention this to save us all heartache further down the line.
Additionally, most of our books are either 5 x 8 or B-Format size and neither size have enough space to reasonably allow writing that is split into columns.
When putting together a poetry manuscript it is important that you include a page-break rather than repeated presses of the enter key to get to the next page.
Please Note: We cannot accept invitations to edit Google Docs and nor can we accept manuscripts written in the Pages software that is available on the MacBook. If you are using either of the latter, please export the documents to Microsoft Word .docx files or we can not ackowledge the manuscript. It is possible to download the above template in Google Docs and work on it before exporting it back to a Word format.
Front Matter/Preliminary Book Text
This may consist of some, or all, of the following according to the wishes of the author. Please submit details of all of these in a separate single Word document:
This may consist of some, or all, of the following depending upon the genre of the book:
Note: This does not apply to work submitted for an anthology.
We don't encourage imagery in poetry books but if your book has any internal images then you must be able to prove that you have the permission to use them and they MUST be in black and white, high-resolution (at least 300dpi) and, preferably, cropped in a portrait orientation.