How to Submit to Salt

We welcome submissions from literary agents.

Please note that we do not accept poetry and short story submissions.


We are particularly interested in dark, uncanny and edgy fiction, comic fiction, eerie novels and Gothic novels. We have an active interest in supporting writers from, and novels about, the North of England. However, if the work you are proposing lies outside of these categories but you believe your author would fit our list, do feel free to contact us. 

Novels should preferably be no longer than 80,000 words. It will help if your writer lives in the British Isles and is able to participate in publicity and promotion.

Please send a plot summary, at least the first chapter, a biographical note, and two concise and compelling reasons why you believe booksellers might stock the work you are submitting, along with the author’s publication history to the email address below.


We have a particular interest in narrative non-fiction writing about the natural world. We are also happy to consider life-writing projects, creative writing guides, and works that centre on the North of England. We are also happy to consider introductory or brief polemical works on key issues of the day – for example, ageing, climate change, cultural capital, energy security, health, housing, identity, social mobility, and wealth.

Processing your submission

Sadly, we are not always able to respond to all submissions, and if you have not heard from us within one month, your submission has been unsuccessful.

We only accept digital submissions. Paper submissions will be recycled without being read. All attachments must be sent as MS Word files (submissions in other formats, including PDFs, cannot be considered). Please send your email to:

Please be aware that we can only process submissions sent to this specific email address.

Many thanks for considering Salt. 

Salt guides for authors

1. For general advice on being published, please read An Author’s Guide to Getting Published.

2. For advice on submitting poetry, please read An Author’s Guide to Making Poetry Submissions.

3. For further reading, An Author’s Pre-Publication Route Map offers advice on preparing for publication. 

General information for authors

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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    Last updated 28th March 2024