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Submission guidelines

Thank you for considering Floris Books for your manuscript. We publish a wide range of books including adult non-fiction, picture books and children's novels. You can find information about how to submit your work to us below.

General Submission Guidelines

  • We do not accept submissions by email. Submissions must be sent by post to Floris Books (visit our Contact Us page for details).
  • Please include a brief author biography with your submission.
  • If you would like your work returned, please include a stamped-addressed envelope of the appropriate value. If no return postage is enclosed, we cannot return the manuscript.
  • Please do not send more than one book at a time.
  • Please study our existing books first, to see whether your manuscript would be suitable for Floris. You may find our What we don't publish section helpful.
  • Please allow at least three months for a response. If you have not heard from us after this time please email floris@florisbooks.co.uk in the first instance with your name and the title of your manuscript.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accept manuscripts handed in to our office; please send all submissions by post. If you are unsure whether your submission is suitable for Floris (after researching our existing books and reading our What we don't publish section) please phone or email with your query.

Adult Non-fiction

Floris welcomes submissions on subjects that draw on the work of Rudolf Steiner or that would be of interest to the Steiner-Waldorf community, including:

  • Steiner-Waldorf education, home schooling, kindergartens and early years
  • Christian Community life, theology and spirituality
  • Biodynamic and organic farming, wine making and gardening
  • Crafts, cooking and activities
  • Camphill communities
  • Parenting and child development that recognises a Steiner perspective
  • Steiner-inspired geometries and cosmologies
  • Anthroposophical approaches in health and psychology
  • Anthroposophical art, architecture and literature

Non-fiction submissions should include:

  • The first three chapters of your book
  • A synopsis of the whole work
  • An author biography which outlines why you are the best person to write this book (should include any previous books published, job and academic experience related to the book, membership of appropriate organisations etc)
  • An introduction and/or table of contents

Please browse through the appropriate category on the Our Books page to see whether your book fits with our current lists.

Picture Kelpies - Scottish children's picture books

  • We only accept picture book submissions for our Scottish children's picture book range, known as the Picture Kelpies.
  • Picture Kelpies are suitable for children aged roughly 3 to 6 years old, and must be, in some way, Scottish -- Scottish themes, Scottish setting, Scottish characters, or a Scottish author/illustrator.
  • We do not accept general children's picture book submissions.
  • Picture Kelpies manuscripts are a maximum of 1000 words. You can view sample pages from many of our Picture Kelpies using the See Inside button as an indication of how many words are acceptable per page.
  • We can accept text-only submissions (no illustrations) or combined text and illustration submissions. If you are an illustrator and would like to submit a sample please see our Illustrator information.
  • Please browse our Picture Kelpies category to see whether your story and/or illustrations are suitable for our style.
  • Please note that we are unlikely to publish books which compete with our existing list - for example a Scottish alphabet book.

Young Kelpies - Scottish children's novels for younger readers

We are seeking story ideas for illustrated chapter books that will engage 6-8 year olds.

  • Manuscripts should be up to 5,000 words for early readers (6-7 year olds) or up to 10,000 words for developing readers (7-8 years old).
  • Only text is required as we will match illustrators with successful authors. If you would like to become a Floris illustrator please see our Illustrators section below.
  • Stories must be set largely or wholly in Scotland, or have Scottish characters or themes.
  • We're looking for ideas with series potential -- not stand-alone books.

Kelpies - Scottish children's novels

  • Manuscripts should be 30,000-60,000 words, and should be suitable for the 8-11 age group.
  • Stories must be set largely or wholly in Scotland, or have Scottish characters or themes.
  • Kelpies Prize: we also award an annual Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Go to the Kelpies Prize website for more information
  • Please browse our Kelpies category to see whether your story is suitable for the Kelpies range.

KelpiesTeen - Scottish books with attitude

We are looking for engaging, relevant and original novels for readers aged 11-14.

  • Manuscripts should be 40,000-70,000 words, and should be suitable for the 11-14 age group.
  • Stories must be set largely or wholly in Scotland, or have Scottish characters or themes.
  • Manuscripts can be in any genre as long as they have a Scottish connection.
  • Kelpies Prize: we also award an annual Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Go to the Kelpies Prize website for more information
  • Please browse our KelpiesTeen category to see whether your story is suitable for the KelpiesTeen range.

We hope that our Kelpies range will continue to reflect a modern Scotland. We specifically welcome authors from diverse cultural backgrounds and stories that deal with children's experiences including differing abilities and family structures.

Illustrators

Very occasionally, we commission freelance illustrators to produce illustrations for book covers and/or picture book illustrations for Picture Kelpies. We are also interested in commissioning line drawings for our Young Kelpies illustrated chapter books. If you are a freelance illustrator and you think your style might fit our list, please email a link to your blog or online portfolio to floris@florisbooks.co.uk, for the attention of our Design Manager. Please do not send illustrations by mail, or as attachments to emails. Please do not call to follow up on your email as we will be in touch if we think your work is suitable for our books. Please browse our Picture Kelpies category to see whether your style is similar to our existing illustrators.

Submissions from Agents

We welcome submissions from literary agents which would fit well within our existing publishing programme. If you are an agent and have a question about the suitablity of the manuscript you would like to submit, please email floris@florisbooks.co.uk. Please note that we do not require authors to have an agent before submitting their manuscript to us.

What we don't publish

  • Poetry or verse, for children or adults
  • Adult fiction, or children's fiction over the age of 14 years
  • Autobiography, unless it specifically relates to one of our non-fiction subject areas

Please take time to look through our list and ensure that the subject of your book fits with our publishing programme

Why Floris?

Not sure if you need a traditional publisher at all, or why you should come to Floris? Visit our What Floris can do for you page for inspiration. Alternatively for more general information about how to get published, visit our Becoming a Floris author page. We look forward to seeing your manuscript!

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