Submissions

The Waywiser Press is keen to receive submissions from authors new and established, and undertakes to give everything it receives careful consideration. However, it is important that anyone contemplating such a submission adhere to the guidelines given below. Failure to do so will certainly result in delay, and could easily result in summary rejection.
Please note that the press will not under any circumstances discuss its reasons for rejecting a submission.

Guidelines

Prose

  1. Prose authors may submit a manuscript at any time of the year. The press will endeavour to respond within 3-4 months.
  2. Authors should not send complete manuscripts in the first instance. Instead, they should send a synopsis of not more than 500 words as well as two chapters.
  3. Together with the synopsis and chapters, you should send a resumé or cv. Amongst other things, this should list any previous publications.
  4. We cannot consider handwritten submissions, so please have everything typed or word-processed, on standard-size white paper.
  5. Except in special circumstances, all submissions must be sent by post. Do not attempt to send us anything by email unless you have obtained our permission to do so.
  6. All submissions should be sent to our UK office, whose address is given at the foot of this page. If return of a rejected manuscript is required, or you wish to be informed of our decision by post, your submission should be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope. Please note that if the stamps or coupons supplied are insufficient for the purpose, the press reserves the right to dispose of manuscript material without further notice.

Poetry A: Authors who have published one previous collection of poems at most

  1. It is a requirement of authors submitting a first or second collection of poems that they enter it for the press’s annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. For information about the prize, please click on the link: The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

Poetry B: Authors who have published two or more previous collections of poems

  1. Authors with two or more previous collections of poetry may submit a manuscript between March 1st and July 1st in any particular year. The press will endeavour to respond by the end of October.
  2. Authors should send complete manuscripts, not simply a selection of poems.
  3. Together with the collection, you should send a resumé or cv. Amongst other things, this should list any previous publications.
  4. We cannot consider handwritten submissions, so please have everything typed or word-processed, on standard-size white paper.
  5. Except in special circumstances, all submissions must be sent by post. Do not attempt to send us anything by email unless you have obtained our permission to do so.
  6. Submissions by residents of North America should be sent to our US office, whose address is given at the foot of this page, and submissions from anywhere else in the world should be sent to our UK office, whose address is also given at the foot of this page. If return of a rejected manuscript is required, or you wish to be informed of our decision by post, your submission should be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope. Please note that if the stamps or coupons supplied are insufficient for the purpose, the press reserves the right to dispose of manuscript material without further notice.

Postal addresses for hard copy submissions

UK Office

The Waywiser Press (Submissions), Christmas Cottage, Church Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK, OX7 4NN

USA Office

The Waywiser Press (Submissions), P.O. Box 6205, Baltimore, MD 21206, USA