#BGWOneDay by SJV
2021/06/10  |  By:   |  Features  |  

digitaloriginalsSimon & Schuster UK are delighted to announce that they will be hosting an exclusive #DigitalOriginals open submission day – #BGWOneDay – exclusively for members* of the Black Girl Writers community, enabling authors to bypass the traditional route to publishing and submit directly to their editorial team.

S&S are inviting writers to submit the first three chapters of their unpublished commercial**, historical, contemporary, crime, thriller, romance, saga, literary, or reading group cross-over manuscript between the hours of 8am and 8pm on 12th August 2021 for consideration for #DigitalOriginals, the S&S eBook first publishing programme.

Simon & Schuster Brand Development Director (Fiction) Sara-Jade Virtue says: ‘I’m immensely proud of our industry first #DigitalOriginals publishing programme and #OneDay open submission initiatives. We know that the route to publishing can be a daunting, confusing and at times terrifying road, but with #BGWOneDay, all of the usual rules and regulations are cast aside. Having held two writing workshops with Black Girl Writers this year, we have been blown away by the passion, commitment and drive of the writers we’ve met, and we’re all very much looking forward to working closely with Abi and her team to receive submissions from members of their community.’

Simon & Schuster Publishing Director, Clare Hey, says, ‘As a company, we want to publish a story for everyone and part of achieving that aim is for us to make ourselves as accessible and transparent as we can. So I am delighted we are partnering with Black Girl Writers, and opening our inboxes to participants in the programme.’

Here is some general information about the S&S #DigitalOriginals project and the submission guidelines:

  • Your submission package should be sent as TWO word document attachments, double spaced
    • Document ONE: 50 word pitch, one page synopsis, and a 500 word introduction to who you are (to include your full name, postal address, telephone number and social media details)
    • Document TWO: the first three chapters of your manuscript
  • Submission packages must be received between the hours of 8.00am and 8.00pm on 12th August 2021.  The email account to send your submission package to is oneday@simonandschuster.co.uk. You will need to include the hashtag #BGWOneDay in the subject heading of your email. Only one entry is permitted per person
  • If your novel is acquired by us, we will publish in digital format, which will be available across all e-tailers in the English language across the World.  You will be working with our experienced in-house team, and will be provided with a contract, full editorial input including copy editing and proof reading, an eBook jacket and a suite of marketing promotion
  • #DigitalOriginals is part of the Simon & Schuster UK publishing company and your contract with us under the #DigitalOriginals project offers you the same benefits as all Simon & Schuster UK authors receive
  • We will consider novels that have been previously published, providing you have retained full rights, or had rights reverted back to you
  • If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you by 12th November 2021, at which time we will ask you to send the complete novel (no less than 80,000 words, no more than 100,000) as a word document (or equivalent) double spaced
  • This #OneDay opportunity is NOT open for non-fiction, short stories, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, YA or children’s titles
  • * A ‘member’ is anyone who has been mentored by BGW, is currently awaiting a BGW mentor, or who has attended one of their online events
  • ** The term ‘commercial’ is generally used to mean fiction that appeals primarily to women, though is not necessarily written by a women, and covers great storytelling with believable characters and plot


Simon & Schuster UK is dedicated to publishing a broad and diverse range of books for everyone, representative of the world around us. We are committed to working with and supporting writers, illustrators and other creative partners from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender identity, disability status, race, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, social or economic circumstance.


More information on Black Girl Writers can be found here. https://blackgirlwriters.org/



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