Stormbird Press publishes literary and trade fiction and nonfiction that communicates reverence for wildlife, nature, and humanity’s bond with Earth. From dystopia to realism, and everything in between, we welcome submissions that impart connection with or devotion to nature, wrapped beautifully in captivating narrative.
Current Submission Focus
For 2020 and 2021 Stormbird Press is only accepting submissions from First Nations authors and voices, or from authors who can demonstrate a genuine facilitation of those voices through their manuscript.
We are especially interested to receive fiction and nonfiction submissions that speak from a First Nations perspective on four themes:
- Bonds with the world’s changing oceans
- Connections with trees
- Intersections with wildlife trafficking
- Relationships with wildlife as kin
Our Partner, OceanCare, will sponsor the release of one title in 2022 under the theme of ‘Bonds with the world’s changing oceans‘. Part of this sponsorship includes a modest author advance. Submission proposals wishing to be considered for this should be submitted no later than June 1, 2021, and should align with OceanCare’s perspectives and polices, in aquatic species conservation.
Send submissions and proposals to editor [at] stormbirdpress.com noting Stormbird’s submission guidelines outlined below.
All other authors, if you have a short essay or small project you would like to pitch for us to circulate to our Stormbird Community, please get in touch.
We do not review manuscripts currently under review with another publisher. By sending us your manuscript proposal, you are implicitly acknowledging that it is not under consideration elsewhere.
We are not a fee for service publishing house. If we decide to publish your book, we will offer a traditional contract, based on the royalties model. At this stage, Stormbird Press is not in a position to offer author advances. We do compensate with generous royalties in our contracts.
We do not publish stage/screenplays, poetry, comic books, cookbooks, romance, self-help, erotica, or translations. We will not accept submissions that celebrate brutality against nature or that sensationalise war (past, present, or future).
To submit to us, email your proposal according to the following guidelines.
In the subject line of your email should be your name and manuscript title. In the body of the email provide a covering letter with the following information:
- manuscript title
- manuscript genre and category (e.g. nonfiction—environmental/nature/science writing or memoir; fiction—romance/drama/thriller or fantasy)
- include one line about the subject area
- name five commercial books that you see as a comparison to yours
- your proposed timeline to complete the manuscript
- your proposed manuscript word count (total count, including references)
At the end of the email provide your contact details, including your address and phone number.
Attached to the email provide two documents:
- a short synopsis (maximum 2 pages) and your comment on why you are the right person to write this book. Include any previous publishing and/or awards or residencies
- the first 3 chapters (or first 50 pages) of your manuscript, saved in one document
These two separate documents must be in Word or PDF format. No other formats will be accepted.
Our preferred format for submissions is Times New Roman, 12 points, with 30mm margins.
We do not accept hard copy submissions, so please do not post us your manuscript. It will be composted or recycled.
Stormbird Press will be in contact with you via email within one month. We cannot always send rejection letters. We do not charge a reading fee, and therefore do not provide comments on the manuscripts we reject. If you do not hear from us, assume we are not in a position to pursue your manuscript at this time.
Thank you for considering Stormbird Press and spreading a message of environmental awareness and social justice. We look forward to reading your work.
A note about careful editing before submission
Before releasing your manuscript to Stormbird Press for publication it is strongly recommended you employ the services of a professional content editor (not a well-meaning friend or family member), who will ensure your book is polished and marketable, maximising the chances of securing a publishing deal, and reaching its full potential. It is important that basic principles of appropriate authorship have been adhered to. Please read our Publishing Policy for further information.
Stormbird Press receives hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts each year. Only professionally presented submissions are considered. Of these 90% will be rejected on the first page, and 98% by the end of the first chapter. Therefore, we highly recommend you follow the submission guidelines closely and present your work in a publishable standard.
The Publishing Process
What happens once we accept a manuscript?
Editing before publication
If your manuscript has been accepted, Stormbird Press will work with you to make certain your manuscript is of a publishable standard. Authors must commit to correcting all errors prior to typesetting.
Book printing and distribution
Upon completion of typesetting and cover design, the manuscript goes to print.
Stormbird Press books are distributed to bricks and mortar independent booksellers via the Ingram Content Group and all titles are listed with Amazon.com, Kobo, BN.com, Apple’s iBookstore, and the other major online retailers. Printing and distribution are from the closest market—Australia, Canada, the UK, or the US.
We offer competitive bookseller discounts to ensure your book is picked up by as many independent booksellers as possible.
Authors share responsibility for marketing titles after publication. Stormbird Press will focus on marketing towards booksellers and media. We do not have budgets for book tours and author promotion. We request our authors actively use social media and other avenues, such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, and participate in blogs/forums. Authors should be open to doing local readings and book-signings if the opportunities present themselves.
Stormbird Press will generate and circulate press releases, create Stormbird Press author and title pages on our website, advertise the title through bookseller channels and in the mainstream press as the opportunities arise, actively promote titles through social media, and work with book-signing venues to have enough books on-hand for readings/signings if authors arrange these events.
While we wish we could, Stormbird Press offers no guarantee for book sales.