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2021/09/02  |  By:   |  Features  |  

jw-brand-logo-sq-featuredWe are super excited to announce that our #DigitalOriginals eBook first fiction project will be hosting an exclusive One Day open submission opportunity – #JerichoWritersOneDay – for members of Jericho Writers, aimed specifically at unagented authors who identify as being from an under-represented community*, enabling them to bypass the traditional route to publishing, and submit directly to the S&S editorial team.

We are inviting writers to submit the first three chapters of their unpublished commercial**, historical, contemporary, crime, thriller, saga, literary, or reading group cross-over manuscript between the hours of 8am and 8pm on 6th December 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 #JerichoWritersOneDay, all of the usual rules and regulations are cast aside. 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’m excited to be partnering with Jericho Writers, and opening our inboxes specifically to their under-represented members. I’m also delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring a full bursary membership to Jericho Writers for an under-represented author, reinforcing our commitment to working with and supporting writers, illustrators and other creative partners from all walks of life.”

Sophie Flynn, Head of Marketing at Jericho Writers said: ‘We’re delighted to partner with S&S to bring this fantastic opportunity to our under-represented members. Alongside the S&S sponsored bursary, we’re offering a further eleven bursary memberships to ensure this opportunity can be accessed by those who need it most. Our previous bursary recipients have gone on to achieve great publishing successes and we hope this opportunity will open the door for many more of our talented members.”

Jericho Writers began in 2004 when bestselling author, Harry Bingham, set up a new kind of company offering writers expert editorial assistance. Today, they are a worldwide team of writers who offer everything needed to help authors write, edit, and get books published. From tutored video courses; online and in-person events; one-to-one mentoring; filmed masterclasses and expert editing services, to interviews with publishers, agents, and authors – they are with you for every word.

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

  • Your submission package should be sent, via email, 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 6th December 2021. Any submissions received outside this window will not be considered
  • The email account to send your submission package to is You will need to include the unique code that will be sent to you direct from Jericho Writers as 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 like what we read, and are interested in seeing your full manuscript, we will contact you by the end of January 2022, at which time they 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 #JerichoWritersOneDay opportunity is NOT open for non-fiction, short stories, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, YA or children’s titles
  • * Jericho Writers describe an under-represented writer as one or more of the following:
    • Having a low household income
    • Being black, Asian or from a minority group
    • Being disabled
    • Being a primary carer
    • Being an ex-offender
    • Other
  • ** The term ‘commercial’ is generally used to mean fiction that appeals primarily to women, though is not necessarily written by a women
  • We are looking for authors we can launch as part of our #DigitalOriginals programme, in the same way we launched the careers of Heidi Swain, Holly Hepburn, Sophie Flynn, Laura Bambrey, Caroline Scott, Jackie Fraser and Christina Pishiris. We are looking for relatable stories with universal themes. We know that fiction (particularly commercial women’s fiction) doesn’t currently reflect the diverse world we live in, so are specifically keen to see novels that reflect a diversity of experience – be that race, sexuality, gender identity, ability or social status
  • Your 50 word pitch will help us to understand exactly what your novel is about and give us an idea of how we might talk to potential readers about it. If you’re struggling to pin down what your book is about, consider how you’d describe it to a friend. Remember that most stories start when something changes – identify what that is and how it affects your protagonist(s) and you’ll likely have your pitch. Pitches can be in the form of a question (What would happen if…) or descriptive (A woman walks into a bar….)


Simon & Schuster International 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 for all walks of life, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, nationality, religion or belief, age, social or economic circumstance.




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