Valley Press is an independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. We publish books of fiction
, from writers at any stage of their career – so if you've written (or are writing) a book that fits into any of those categories, we'd love to hear from you. (Note: If you're looking to submit individual poems, stories, or essays for anthologies, we announce those opportunities in our newsletter
when they arise; the information below applies to books only.)
Authors can submit their work to us via this short web form
, and will receive an answer within 90 days. Is there a catch? Sort of; you need to buy a book
through this website (a paperback or hardback), and enter the transaction ID from that purchase when completing the submissions form. See the FAQ section below for information on why we require a purchase, and answers to a few other questions you might have.
For further queries, get in touch via the contact page
. Otherwise, best of luck, and we look forward to reading your manuscripts!
Q: Why do I need to buy a book in order to submit?
A: As a writer, you'll have noticed that open submissions are not the norm within this industry. Some publishers invite authors to enter a 'competition', charging entry fees which pay the readers and judges for their time; others accept work solely through literary agents; some rely on personal recommendations and word-of-mouth. Our solution is the 'buy a book' method, which ensures no-one leaves the process empty-handed, rewards our regular customers (for whom submissions are essentially free), and provides the extra funding to employ the staff in our submissions department. Our books start from £3.99
; we hope you agree this is a fairly reasonable arrangement.
Q: How long, or short, can my book be?
A: We've published books that run to just 20 pages, and others that are approaching 500 – if your book falls between those, it's fine length-wise.
Q: I don't live in the UK, can I still submit?
A: Yes, we very much encourage submissions from international authors. In recent years we have signed writers from China, Michigan and Bermuda (as well as some who live just a few minutes from our office!), so location isn't a major factor in our decisions.
Q: If accepted, will I need to pay any fees or costs towards publication?
A: No. We are a traditional publisher, in the sense that we cover all the costs of publication, and pay the author a percentage of income from sales (also known as a 'royalty'). The author receives a handful of free copies of their book, and if they need more, are invited to buy them at the net cost price.
Q: What are my chances of success?
A: Historically, we have accepted 1 out of every 100 submissions received. So not too bad! If you like those odds, you'll find the subs form here