Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HarperCollins Seeking Submissions - No Agent Required

I am sad to say that HarperCollins has suspended its Wednesday open submissions. It was great while it lasted.

From the website:

HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house.

Our online submissions scheme, The Wednesday Post, is ready to uncover the best voices writing today. All entries will be considered for both print and ebook publication as well as digital-only publication.

Every Wednesday, we will accept submissions through the website. Submissions must be sent through this portal and should meet all the guidelines outlined below. Please note that submissions sent by post or email will NOT be considered for publication.

If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within four weeks. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to provide feedback for unsuccessful submissions.

We are currently looking for: Adult fiction, particularly commercial women’s fiction, erotica, romance and young adult fiction. Non Fiction including memoirs, biographies, narrative histories and illustrated non-fiction.

We are not currently accepting: plays, poetry, short stories, essays, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children’s books and educational texts.

When you submit to The Wednesday Post, we will ask you to supply.

• a synopsis of your work

• the first 50 pages or first three chapters of your manuscript

• a short note about yourself

Submit HERE.

Note: 8AM on Wednesday EST is midnight on THURSDAY in Australia. So, if you are in the US, submissions will be on Tuesday.


  1. An amazing step. When is the right time to submit from Nigeria?

  2. Awesome. We need more voices from women on domestic abuse. Can't wait to submitted next Tuesday.

  3. Hi are submissions for the Wednesday post still being accepted and if so are you accepting manuscripts from the UK?

  4. Dawn, this is a blog. To answer your question, you need to go to the HarperCollins website. (Where it says "Submit HERE" at the end of the post, click on HERE.)

  5. Hi,

    I think the link is broken for the "Submit here".
    Please advise. I'm in the US, but I don't think that would be an issue would it?

    Thank you!
    Look forward to hearing back.

    1. Hi Perri, HarperCollins has recently suspended its Wednesday open submissions. It's a great pity.

  6. Oh wow! Thanks for letting me know, Erica. That IS a pity. When I finally got the courage to submit it's gone. Thanks again.

  7. Dear Sir or Madame,

    Hi, I would please like to know the website to Harper Collins's Publishing Guidelines of Poetry.

    I am aware that Harper Collins is open to unsolicited work.

    If you can get back to me, I would mostly appreciate for the information.


    Richard S.Y. Kim, Ph.D
    Associate Research Faculty Fellow
    City University of New York

  8. Dear Richard, with the exception of Avon Impulse and HarperLegend imprints, HarperCollins does not accept unsolicited submissions.

  9. So to get someone to have a publishing company look at at your book we would need to get an agent? for non-fiction memoir/autobiography? Or did my chance Harper Collins open up the submissions

    1. Yes, you need an agent for all of the major publishing houses (fiction or nonfiction). But there are quite a few smaller houses that accept unagented submissions from writers. Go the tab on this blog labeled Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts.

  10. I am self-publishing through Amazon, can I still submit my 50 pages?

  11. No. See the note at the top of the page that says they are now closed to submissions.


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