New publishing house Hashtag Blak opens for submissions from underrepresented authors

Hashtag BLAK is a new publishing house that will showcase the best UK under-represented voices starting with Black British authors.

Only 1.96% of authors and illustrators between 2007 and 2017 were British people of colour, compared to 13% of the population.

2019 research by BookTrust

The statistics make for depressing reading and two women want to stand up and make a difference. Award-winning YA and middle-grade author Abiola Bello and book publicist Helen Lewis know are starting small, whilst leading by example by launching Hashtag BLAK.

Submission Guidelines

We are currently focusing on great books for young adults and adults written by Black British writers only.

We are not currently looking for non-fiction, picture books or children’s books for under 12 years old.

We have an open submission policy. This means you don’t need an agent to submit to us.

We are currently only looking to publish Black British authors.

Please send

  1. The first three chapters of your manuscript, in font Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced. Just the first 3 chapters regardless of how long or short they are.
  2. A one-page (maximum) author biography including social media links.
  3. A pitch – just a couple of sentences, like a blurb of the book or elevator pitch. Imagine you find yourself in a lift with one of us – what would you tell us about your book that would make us want to contact you again once you get out of the lift?
  4. A synopsis – tell us your storyline, crucial parts in the story and the ending.

If we are interested in your book we will be in touch within four weeks. If you don’t hear from us within three weeks, unfortunately, it’s a no. 

Find out more and submit to Hashtag Black here.


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