We do not currently publish fiction and do not accept FICTION submissions.
We welcome submissions from photographers anywhere and everywhere. But please remember we get several hundreds of submissions every year and we can publish very, very few of them. Please make sure that you've looked at our web site so you can get a proper sense of what we publish.
Photobooks are expensive to produce and the market has got increasingly difficult over recent years. Consequently we've had to become more cautious. We're increasingly finding that we can only successfully publish established international names, projects with major exhibitions or those that come with sufficient funding to underwrite the risk. There are only very few first books that we're able to do with emerging photographers unless they are funded.
We have introduced fixed periods for reviewing work.
Our next open submission for May 2020 has now been postponed. We will announce new dates at a later stage.
Submissions received outside our review dates will be held to the next review date.
We're looking for projects of quality, which are fresh, powerful and unique. Publishing schedules mean that we're generally planning up to 12 months in advance. We're publishing books for an international audience and you should consider this when proposing a project. We're unlikely to be interested in something which is too specific to one country or geographical region. Please also remember that we must be able to sell the books we publish so please be realistic when assessing your project. Just because your friends and family say it would make a great book doesn't mean that anyone would buy it.
Because of the number of submissions we receive we simply can't meet with you in the first instance. We therefore ask that you submit your project by post as indicated in the instructions below.
We have a two stage procedure. What we want from you in the first instance is the following
• a brief one page synopsis
• a one page CV
• a CD or memory stick with images presented in slide show format or as PDFs (there is no limit to the number of images that you can send and so you can send a full digital dummy as a pdf). HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPT EMAIL, WETRANSFER OR SIMILAR SUBMISSIONS UNLESS WE HAVE REQUESTED THEM.
• Please provide a current email address for us to respond. We are not able to acknowledge receipt of your submission nor will we return it. Please expect the process to take 10 to 12 weeks and sometimes longer.
PLEASE NOTE NONE OF THE MATERIAL YOU SEND WILL BE RETURNED.
The reason is quite simply that we would spend too much time repacking material, chasing photographers for payment of return postage costs etc. We ask that you send in material which can be disposed of once we've looked.
If your work has potential interest then we will ask you to make a full submission if you have not already done so. This should not be seen as any intention on our part to proceed to publication but simply an our interest in seeing more of your work.
Should we request a further submission then at that stage we will want to see a full sequenced dummy of the work. By which we mean that we need to see the work put together in the sequence that you intend it to be in the book. We don't want to view slides or exhibition prints and so please only send laser photocopies, inkjet prints or pdfs. Absolutely nothing should be larger than A3 (approx 420mm x 300mm) and smaller if at all possible.
If we request a dummy submission you should send full return postage and packaging. Without this we will not be able to return your work. It is also essential that you include proper packaging for the return of your material and that this has your return address on it. If you're sending from outside the UK it is important that you check properly what payment you will need to send us.
If you're sending a cheque which is not in sterling and not drawn on a UK bank then you must add £7.00 ($12.00) to the postage costs. This is the amount that we are charged by our bank for cashing non-sterling cheques.
We have introduced the fixed review dates because of the immense number of submissions we receive. Please ensure that you stick to the dates we have advised otherwise your project may not be considered for several months. Please also remember that we can accept no liability for anything that is sent to us. We will however do our utmost to be careful with your materials.
Finally just to let you know that we can NOT enter into any further discussion, comment or correspondence about your work.