We are open to new submissions all year round. Please follow our submission guidelines before sending your manuscript.

Working with a publisher is often the start of bringing your book to market. It can be a long, intensive process. We ask you to buy one of our books before you submit so you get a feel for what we like and the sort of books we publish.

Your publisher will see your manuscript through to publication. When your work lands in our submissions pile, we carefully assess if we think it matches our tastes (we only want to publish the best fiction).


We are currently only accepting proposals for short fiction and short stories when presented as a collection from UK based writers. We are particularly keen on publishing diverse voices which are currently underrepresented in publishing.

Send us a cover letter, an outline and the first three stories from your manuscript. Your manuscript should be completed before you pitch your collection.

Send your manuscript as a Word document, Times New Roman in 12pt, double spaced via email to submissions@dahliapublishing.co.uk

Please ensure you:

  • Send us your cover letter in the body of your email.
  • Address your email personally to Farhana Shaikh.
  • Tell us a little bit about your manuscript and why you write.


If we do say ‘No’ it’s not usually a case that your work is terrible and no one will ever publish it. It just means that we can’t publish you. It’s not by any means the end of the world. Sometimes we ask you look at working on certain things before re-submitting, sometimes we just say ‘It’s not for us.’ Do keep on trying, there are many many publishers out there, all with their own tastes.

If we say ‘Yes’ we will email you. Sometimes we have lots of submissions and it can take us eight weeks to get back to you with a positive response. We’re happy for you to send out your work to more than one publisher, but do let us know if somebody else is interested. We will let you know what we loved about your book and if you’re happy to, send us the entire manuscript. At this stage, we are interested in your work but might not always offer to publish. If we are, we will send you an offer of publication – a publishing contract. We advise all our writers to have their contracts checked with the Society of Authors, and then once you’ve signed and returned your contract we will ask you to be patient while we have a closer reading of your work. The entire process from contract to publication can take up to one year, if not longer.

If we are interested in working with you, expect to hear from us within 6 weeks. Please note, we do not read any submissions over the summer or Christmas holidays and we do not offer feedback on submissions.