We are currently open for poetry submissions to publish in 2020.
Please read the terms and conditions on this page, follow our guidelines, and submit your work for consideration.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES | TERMS & CONDITIONS
The following serves as terms and conditions for publication, and submission of work assumes acceptance of these terms. We suggest that you print this page and retain it for your records.
This is an exclusive publishing contract - it does not assign copyright to us, only a right to publish your work
We only want rights for ebook and print editions, and only in English. You retain all other publishing rights. If we add other formats or languages we will approach you with an offer and add it to our agreement. Until then, we believe it's wrong to take rights for formats we don't market.
This agreement may limit your ability to post your work on Facebook, blogs, etc, as you need to seek confirmation from us prior to any such publication.
You indemnify us to any losses due to plagarism or copyright disputes. You agree that this work is original and your own. In the event of publishing work that infringes on a third party's rights, you further agree to pay Wordcatcher £150 compensation for each occurrence in addition to any damages or costs of third parties. We take copyright seriously, whoever it belongs to, and this is to disuade authors from plagarism.
Just to be clear, there is no charge for publishing your work in this series.
Our Schedule for Publication
We aim to publish twenty-four poetry titles per year.
Please allow 4 weeks for us to respond to your submission - after that time you are welcome to contact us to track its progress.
Publication day will generally be on a Wednesday, although this need not be the day you have a book launch. We are marketing Wordcatcher Wednesdays for poetry and creative portfolios.
The actual publication date will depend on: current workload; significant dates to tie-in with; your request for publication date; deadlines for possible submission to reviewers; and our existing release schedule.
It is up to you to arrange book launches/events, we do not have the resources to do this for you. We will advertise any events you notify us of.
Existing / Established Authors
We prioritise the review of submissions from authors we already publish as we want to build a solid collection and offer readers the oportunity to purchase more by the same author. We look favourably on submissions by authors with either self-published or previously unpublished works who are looking to publish more than one title with us. We obviously have little incentive to advertise work published elsewhere.
Previously Published Content
If any of the work your are submitting has been previously published you will need to advise us of when and where this was, so we can make a judgement on whether we want to publish it in the collection. You must have the legal right to re-publish this work with us. If there were conditions placed on prior publication we need to know what they were. Entries into competitions, for example, sometimes carry restrictions on re-publication. If you are unsure, please ask and we can discuss.
You are committing to marketing your book. We do not have a budget to market individual poetry titles, but we do put resources into building an audience for our poetry collection as a whole, and you will be expected to put effort into this as well. Marketing your book is a joint effort, and you may sell more books than we do. We want to work with authors who are committed to selling books.
How to Submit