At SparkPress, our submissions process is more than just a transaction. You have the opportunity to get constructive feedback from reviewers who are in the business and who know exactly what agents and editors are looking for. (Some of them are, in fact, agents and editors themselves!) Our primary goal is to get your project ready for publication. If it already is, we’ll give you the green light. If it needs a bit more work, you’re going to find out why and what to do about it.
Our roster for 2017 is full, but we are seeking content for Spring and Fall 2018. We are looking for high-quality, entertaining and engaging content that enhances readers’ lives. We will be looking for manuscripts in the following genres for SparkPress:
- Chick Lit
- Contemporary Fiction
- Edgy/Dark Fiction
- Literary Fiction
- New Adult
- Women’s Fiction
- Young Adult
Before submitting to SparkPress, please read about how our press works.
To submit, please follow the CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT button below and follow the instructions. We prompt you to upload the first twenty pages of your manuscript (please do not send the entire manuscript), and we welcome a synopsis and author biography (though these are not required fields. We also ask that you include in your cover letter (required) any details you’d like to include about whether your project has been previously edited and in what capacity. We’re interested in your thoughts about the state you think your project is in so we can better understand your journey to get here. We accept only Word or PDF attachments. Please label your file: LAST NAME_SUBMISSION.docx.
All submissions must include query letter in the body of the email, and a .doc or .docx extension of your manuscript labeled LAST NAME_SUBMISSION.docx. Novels should be 70k to 120k words in length and YA novels should be 50k to 100k words in length. We also ask that you include in the body of your email any details you’d like to include about whether your project has been previously edited and in what capacity. We’re interested in your thoughts about the state you think your project is in so we can better understand your journey to get here.
Formatting specifications include:
- Common font (Times; Times New Roman; Georgia)
- 12-point font size
- Page numbers included
We charge a $35 submission fee in order to assess whether or not your work is ready for publication. This is part of our vetting process, which we strongly believe will ensure the quality of your project and our ongoing list. You can pay this fee by clicking the button below. Once you receive your receipt, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your transaction ID and attach your manuscript.
We are committed to bringing viable projects into the marketplace. If we determine that your manuscript is ready for publication, we will email you with a SparkPress publication agreement and you will opt into the SparkPress publishing package. If we determine that your manuscript needs a bit more work, we will give you editorial feedback and a recommendation for what your next steps with SparkPress should be. Please see How It Works for a detailed explanation of our process.