404 Ink: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

***Please note, there has been an uptick in publishers that are not accepting unagented submissions. Too many presses and publishers are getting mass submissions that do not fit their catalogs. DO NOT submit your work if it doesn’t fit the publisher’s guidelines.

Edinburgh-based publisher 404 Ink accepts direct submissions of full-length manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and poetry until October 31. They have several reading periods every year, and you should always check their website for the latest submission period.

404 Ink was founded in 2016 to support new and emerging writers. The press has won several awards, and the books they have published have received press in major publications. You can learn more about the team and board behind 404 Ink here.

Outside of their full-length manuscript submission window, they are also currently open to nonfiction proposals for their pocketbook series, tentatively titled Inklings. More information on the nonfiction series is available here.

To get a feel for the full-length manuscripts they’ve previously published, go here. Do not submit to them unless you feel like your work fits within their larger catalog. You may also want to consider buying a book or two to verify that your manuscript does indeed fit.

They have good distribution within Scotland, and their covers are good but feel very similar to one another.

404 Ink Issue Six: Earth cover

How to Submit to 404 Ink

Here’s what you need to know to submit to 404 Ink:

For a full book of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. If your book is complete, please send the following:

  • First 30 pages of your book
  • 150-word synopsis and description of your book
  • 150-word biography about you and why your project is a fit for 404 Ink

If you are pitching an idea for a nonfiction book or an early work in progress, please submit:

  • Max two pages outlining your book idea or project
  • Links to some of your writing samples or if you don’t have samples, send a maximum of 30 pages of your work in progress
  • 150-word biography about you and why your project is a fit for 404 Ink

They want all book submissions sent to submissions@404ink.com. For book submissions, please format email titles SUBMISSION: AUTHOR NAME – BOOK TITLE – (FIC/NF/POETRY/ETC)

You can find their full submission guidelines here. Please follow them carefully.

Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

And if you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.

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Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


8 Responses

      1. Nope. Maybe they like to publish autobiographical material.
        But they do call for the first 30 pages in their submission guidelines, so they’re mighty generous with the attention they’ll give an unknown author. And that seems wonderful.

      2. From my looking they don’t focus on autobiographical books alone, maybe they just like how he writes? 🤷‍♀️

        It is really wonderful! And I’m glad part of their mission is to focus on new and emerging writers. 😊

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