Submission Guidelines

Thank you for considering Spencer Hill Press as a possible home for your book. Finding the right home for your work takes time and effort, and we are excited to be part of your journey. We are currently accepting only YA and New Adult / Contemporary Romance manuscripts at this time. 

Please review the following submission criteria before submitting. Failure to follow our submission guidelines may result in rejection of your book. Spencer Hill Press focuses on fiction, particularly YA and Romance. We are particularly interested in books that are series. We do not accept manuscripts that are not complete.

How do I submit?

Digital submissions are the only way potential authors or agents can submit. Attachments are preferred, but we will accept manuscripts sent either as attachments or in the body of the email.

All submissions should be sent to Emma St. John at

What should my submission include?

  • A cover letter with a little bit about yourself and how you came to write the book. Be sure to let us know if you have been published before (self-published/traditional).
  • A synopsis of your book. Keep it direct, simple, and under one page (300 – 400 words).
  • The target audience for your book and how you believe your book appeals to that market.
  • If applicable, a list of relevant social media contacts including bloggers, any traditional media, and/or organizations that would help in the promotion and publicity of your book.
  • All of your contact details so we can get back to you.
  • A minimum of three sample chapters or the first 50 pages, or you may submit the full manuscript.

Is there any genre you do not accept?

  • Poetry
  • Screenplays
  • Educational material
  • Nonfiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Children’s picture books

When and how will I hear back?

Due to the volume of submissions, response time may take 12 to 16 weeks or longer but we try to keep up. No acknowledgment of receipt will be sent. Submissions will be reviewed in order of receipt, and we will contact you following our review. Spencer Hill Press will not discuss submissions over the phone.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to reading your submission!