Manuscript Submissions

Stormbird Press publishes literary and trade fiction and nonfiction that communicates reverence for wildlife, nature, and humanity’s bond with Earth. From journalism, to dystopia, back 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 2021 and 2022 we have two streams of submissions we are considering.

  1. We would love to have submissions from First Nations, indigenous, traditional, or local community authors and voices, or from authors who can demonstrate a genuine and equitable consent to draw on the intellectual capital of these voices through their manuscript. 
  2. We are also enthusiastic to receive fiction or nonfiction submissions and proposals on these five themes:
      1. Bonds with the world’s changing oceans
      2. Connections with trees
      3. Intersections with wildlife trafficking
      4. Relationships with wildlife as kin
      5. The struggle of land defenders

Theme sponsorship

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 an 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.

Submission Guidelines

After reading this full page, including our notes about what we don’t accept, ‘free, prior, and informed consent’, and careful editing, if you would like to submit a proposal, please proceed according to the following guidelines.

    1. In the subject line of your email should be your name and manuscript title.
    2. In the body of the email provide a covering letter with the following information:
        • your manuscript title
        • your manuscript genre and category (e.g. nonfiction—environmental/nature/science writing or memoir; fiction—romance/drama/thriller/fantasy)
        • include one line about the subject area of your manuscript
        • How you plan to ensure free, prior and informed consent if this is required
        • 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)
        • if your proposal relates to any themed submission calls, please indicate which one
    3. At the end of the email provide your contact details, including your address and phone number.
    4. 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 attached to your work.
        • the first 3 chapters (or first 50 pages) of your manuscript, saved in one document

Please note: 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.

If we are interested, Stormbird Press will be in contact with you via email within one month. 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.

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 our submission guidelines closely and present your work in a publishable standard.

Thank you

What we don’t accept

We do not accept hard copy submissions, so please do not post us your manuscript. It will be composted or recycled.

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, as a general rule 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, comic books, graphic novels, cookbooks, romance, self-help, erotica, or translations.

We do not accept submissions that celebrate brutality against nature or that sensationalise war (past, present, or future).

Free, prior, and informed consent

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a principle protected by international human rights standards. These standards articulate that ‘all peoples have the right to self-determination’ and—linked to the right to self-determination—‘all peoples have the right to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development’. Backing FPIC are the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Labour Organization Convention 169, which are the most powerful and comprehensive international instruments that recognize the plight of and defend the intellectual capital rights of First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.

Respecting intellectual capital rights requires careful and thoughtful communication and consultation with the people involved. Where First Nations, indigenous, traditional, or local communities are either the subject of or woven into the fabric of fiction and nonfiction stories consent is necessary for the reproduction or reflection of stories or communal lore within literary works. This consent must be informed and the communities involved must be given time and information to consider the requests made of them. Their right to refuse must be upheld.

Stormbird Press applies these principles to EVERY story we publish. All our authors must adhere to these principles, including respecting the intellectual capital rights of any First Nations, indigenous, traditional, or local communities that are either the subject of or woven into the fabric of works submitted to Stormbird Press.

If you don’t understand these principles please contact us for more information.

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, 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.


The Publishing Process

What happens once we accept a manuscript? A long and detailed process of polishing your manuscript and developing a close relationship with you.

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.

Marketing

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.