Thank you for considering Salt for your novel

Salt publishes around twelve books of contemporary British literary fiction each year. We have a dedicated team of commissioning editors each responsible for developing a list of high-calibre, serious and imaginative writers.

Working with Salt

Our team will support you every step of the way: from preparing your manuscript, designing and typesetting it to the highest standards, manufacturing it as a beautiful object, putting it into your hands as a finished book, introducing you to booksellers, festivals, reviewers and readers, and helping you think through new projects as you move forward with your career. We’re there for you.

We will nurture and support you as a writer, promote you extensively to readers on social media and beyond, effectively sell you to national and international bookstores, run publicity campaigns, sell your rights internationally – from print and audio to translations, digital and dramatisations – and develop your brand while protecting your copyright.

Working together as a close team, we will make serious literature seriously exciting, and make your book and your writing life a success.

How to submit to Salt

We are happy to consider unsolicited novel submissions. We especially welcome writers independently recommended by published authors.

Read Salt editor Nicholas Royle’s short feature, What am I looking for in a Salt book?

Before submitting your work, do please carefully consider the following points:

  • Please note we are only accepting submissions of contemporary adult literary fiction by British residents. [Note: This means all other genres are excluded.]
  • Are you familiar with our list and feel confident that your novel suits us? Do take time to explore our list.
  • Are you comfortable with actively collaborating with us in marketing your title and working with others in the book trade to help make your book a success? For example, are you happy and able to give public readings, provide interviews and help booksellers with signings and events?
  • Are you present in the UK for at least six months of each year? The vast majority of our sales are in the UK and you need to be here in person to work with us in promoting it for around twelve months, sometimes longer.
  • Are you confident you have the personal time available to support your work once it is in the public domain?
  • Please note, we cannot offer feedback on manuscripts if you are unsuccessful. 
  • If you are unsuccessful, this may be no reflection on your work. It is a judgement based on what suits our list.
  • We do not accept paper submissions and cannot return materials posted to us. We are unable to respond to any postal submissions.
  • We require world rights in all languages for any novel we contract.
  • If your submission does not match these criteria, we will not respond to your email.
  • Please note that you may receive a standard editorial reply from us. The volume of submissions we receive makes it impossible for us to personally tailor responses, much as we would like to.

If you are confident you meet these requirements and feel your novel is right for our list, please email us (confirming your British address) attaching a synopsis and, separately, the entire completed manuscript in MS Word to

Further information

For manuscript assessment and editorial advice, you might also consider services like The Literary Consultancy.

If you are trying to develop your own writing, we recommend:

Creative Writing courses

If you want to develop your writing and critical skills further, we also recommend the following MA courses:

Additionally, we recommend the writing courses run by Faber Academy.

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    We wish you every success with your novel and all your writing.

      Last updated 23rd February 2017