Submission Guidelines

Preparing Manuscripts for Submission to the UKA Press.
Please note we are currently closed to non-agent submissions.
When sending submissions, please include your name, address, email address, and any other contact information you consider relevant, on the first page of your manuscript.
Please submit your entire work and a synopsis, in one single WORD document (no other file type please), following the guidelines below.

Prose : Minimum 50,000 words.
Poetry: We would prefer to see a minimum of 80 poems, but will consider a submission with fewer.

Must be .doc file in MS Word

Page Set-up.

Top: 2.5 in (6.35 cm)
Bottom: 2.4 in (6.1 cm)
Left margin: 2 in (5.08 cm)
Right margin: 2 in (5.08 cm))
Gutter: 0 cm

Times Times New Roman (for all text including chapter headings).
No bold (even for headings)

Body of text:
Book text: Fully-justified, auto-hyphenated
Poetry: Left aligned

First page layout:
Title and author’s name.
In the upper left corner of this first page the author’s full name and postal address are required, as well as an email address that can accept WORD (and ZIP if possible) attachments.

Page layout:
Chapter headings/story titles (also poem titles):
Poetry titles/chapter headings/story titles should not be capitalised
Start headings six spaces from the top of the page (on the sixth line).

Style Conventions:
Single quotes for speech (double are acceptable, as long as they are consistently used)
Three dots for ellipses (no extra dot for end of sentence).
No spaces on either side of ellipses dots.
To indicate a dash, the ‘en’ dash is required (not the ‘em’ and not a hyphen), with a space on either side.
Untick ‘widows/orphan control’ and all other boxes.

Single spacing throughout.
Two lines (line breaks) between chapter or poem headings and text.
No line space between paragraphs
Single line breaks used for breaks within chapters
Text at the beginning of a chapter and after a line break is NOT indented.

(For examples of layout please see excerpts of UKA published books on the UKA display pages, ie.:
A Necessary Killing for prose
Jonesing for Byzantium for poetry)

Of the above, the most important points are:

WORD.doc, single spacing, no spaces between paragraphs, and indenting of speech and new paragraphs (0.61cm/0.24in – or close to it).

Otherwise, although we would prefer all of the above style conventions to be followed, as long as your manuscript layout is neat, punctuation perfect and the language error-free, we may consider it.

Points to watch on punctuation and conventions:
* Check your spelling with the spellchecker (and make sure it is set to UK English)
* Check your spelling yourself – the spellchecker misses words eg. form/from it’s/its, etc.
* Check your grammar thoroughly. If you break rules deliberately, it’s fine, but know what rules you are breaking
* Check the use of apostrophe
* Check the rules for using colons, semi-colons and commas
* Check the rules for punctuating text in and around quotation (speech) marks

UKA Press is committed to quality. Your editor will always communicate with you on the text and discuss any significant questions/problems, and will always be trying to get the best from your text and the presentation of your work. You will be required to work closely with the editor.

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