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Submission Guidelines for Tramp Press

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Tramp Press was launched by  in 2014 to find, nurture and publish exceptional literary talent. Tramp is based in Ireland and publishes internationally. Their authors include Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mona Eltahawy, Sara Baume, Mike McCormack, Sophie White, and Jade Sharma.

Tramp Press authors have won Irish Book Awards, the International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly the IMPAC), the Goldsmiths Prize, the Rooney Prize, a Lannan Fellowship, the Davy Byrnes Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Kate O’Brien Award. They have been nominated and shortlisted for many more, including the Booker Prize, the Costa, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.

Tramp Press are always on the hunt for brilliant new writers.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Please note that we unfortunately can no longer accept submissions from the USA and Canada. Our apologies.

To submit your work, please send the following to us at submissions@tramppress.com:

Sample: We’d like to see a good-sized sample of your work (fiction and narrative non-fiction only, please! We aren’t currently accepting any poetry, children’s, history etc) in a Word doc or PDF. Please send a few chapters (they do not have to be sequential – we want you to wow us, and if the big wow happens in Chapter 4, then by all means send that on to us), or a few short stories. If you don’t have chapters or your short stories vary a lot in length, a good rule of thumb is that we’d like to read roughly 50 pages or 10,000 words.

Cover letter: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your writing experience and your influences. We love to hear about why you think your work would be a good match for Tramp.

Synopsis: A page would be fine – three pages, also fine. We’d like to hear the full story from beginning to end, please don’t hold back on spoilers!

FAQs

Q: What format do you prefer to read in?
We don’t really mind, anything that is readable is good for us! Times New Roman in font size 12, double-spaced, with page numbers, would be perfect. We’ll read anything as long as it isn’t in Comic Sans or Wingdings. Send it in a Word doc or PDF – no links to ebooks please!

Q: Should I just send my work to you, and wait for a reply before sending it to other publishers or agents?
We recommend that you send out your work not just to us, but to a lot of other publishers and agents too – in fact we recommend that you build up a long list of publishers (or agents) who might be interested in your work, and that you read this article: https://lithub.com/why-you-should-aim-for-100-rejections-a-year/

Q: I’d rather send a printed-out manuscript to your postal address. How can I do that?
We’re on the move all the time, and we receive a lot of submissions, so even though like most people we prefer to read things on actual paper, it’s just not practical to accept manuscripts by post. Email only, please!

Q: I’d rather phone you to pitch my novel, what’s your number?
This isn’t a good approach for us, we’re really interested in seeing the quality of the writing and the best way for us to do that is via email.

Q: Should these all be attached as one document?
We don’t mind at all whether the sample, synopsis and cover letter are all attached to your email or whether they’re copy-and-pasted into the email itself – do whatever suits you best.

Q: Will you really read my manuscript? How much of it will you read?
Yes. We absolutely read everything that is sent to us: we know there are exceptionally talented writers out there, and reading work is one of our favourite parts of the job. We read manuscripts until we feel sure we’ve experienced enough to make a decision.

Q: Will you be able to provide feedback about my work?
We get too many submissions to provide feedback. If you are looking for criticism, we suggest that you ask a trusted friend or family member, or join a writing group – in fact, we as publishers shouldn’t be the first people other than you to read your work. Productive feedback is a great way to edit your work and improve your skills, so try to find people that you’ll enjoy working with!

Q: Do you publish work from writers outside of Ireland?
Absolutely! As you’ll see from our list we’ve published writers from the UK, America, Nigeria, Finland and elsewhere, and we’re delighted to read work from writers all over the world.

Q: Do you publish work in translation?
We are interested in bringing excellent works of fiction in translation to our readers. Please send a sample to submissions@tramppress.com with a note about the work, i.e. a synopsis or other similar outline.

Q: Are you accepting pitches for Recovered Voices?
Not right now. As we only publish one a year, forward-planning means we’ve usually decided two years ahead. We’re very grateful to people for getting in touch about books they love that deserve another look, and we love to hear your suggestions, but please note: we now have titles planned for the next few years and won’t consider more for now.

Q: You’re not going to reject my work just because I don’t read books by women, are you?
Not directly because of that, but because writers who don’t read widely usually don’t write well. Brilliant writers are great readers, and great readers are diverse readers – make a list of what you’re reading and if you notice patterns (like all the authors are dead white males, for example), chase down some diversity!

Q: Should I try to make my manuscript look like a finished book?
Please don’t feel like you have to include a title page, dedication, acknowledgements, etc. We’d love to open your MS and get straight into the text, so if you really want to include those things, pop them at the end of the document, please.

Q: What are the reasons you turn manuscripts down?
The only thing we really turn down work for is not being brilliant enough to keep us awake at night. But here are some things that quite a lot of the manuscripts we reject have in common:

  • ‘Is my work too edgy for you?’ If you have been told your work is edgy by another publisher, that usually means it’s just heavy-handed. We don’t mind provocative, interesting work, but it still has to be well-written.
  • The draft is too rough. We often see promising work, but in such an early stage that it’s too difficult to know if an edit will help.
  • Unconvincing dialogue/inaccurate slang or dialect.
  • If, when you list your influences, you cannot name a single female author who has made an impact on your work or inspired you on some level, we won’t turn you down for that, but it’s not likely that we’re a good ideological match. We’d urge you to read more widely.

Here’s what we won’t turn you down for:

  • We’ll never turn you down for not being ‘commercial’ enough. It’s your job to write exceptional fiction, and our job to sell it.
  • We’ll never turn you down for not being active enough on social media.

We’re looking for unique voices, and for brilliance, and that’s all we’re looking for.

Q: Should I address my manuscript to you as ‘Dear Sirs’?
Uhm, no! And it is frankly insulting to presume the only people who are qualified to make decisions about your work are men. Helpful hint: we are not men, and you can read more about who’ll be reading and discussing your work here. Words are power, use them carefully.

See here for further information on submitting your work to Tramp Press.

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