Splice accepts submissions of short stories and novels year-round, as well as pitches for book reviews and longer works of literary criticism. All submissions should be emailed to:
ThisIsSplice [at] gmail [dot] com
Splice pays all authors whose work is accepted for publication.
When submitting to Splice, please follow the guidelines below.
Book reviews run between 1800 and 2200 words. Splice publishes at least one review per week, except during breaks in the summer and winter, and some weeks will see two reviews popping up online.
If you’d like to review for Splice, please don’t send in a completed review of a book you’ve read. Email with a query first, briefly describing the book you’d like to review, and attach a portfolio of three or four reviews you’ve written previously. These reviews may or may not have been published elsewhere. We ask for this portfolio because, when considering potential reviewers, we’re interested less in what you’d like to say about any one book and more in your style and your overall tastes and insights as a critic.
Bear in mind that we only publish reviews of contemporary literature. For our purposes, this includes books that have not yet been released and books that are no more than a month old. If you’d like to review a forthcoming title prior to its publication, that’s fine. Just submit a portfolio, as outlined above, and let us know which title you’d like to review. If we like what we read, we’ll see if we can secure an advance review copy for you. You’ll have to do this well ahead of the publication date, however, because we’ll need time to receive the book from the publisher and then forward it to you.
We tend to prefer reviewers based in the UK, for logistical purposes. Of course we’ll consider reviewers based anywhere in the world, but being based in the UK increases your odds of writing for Splice. We also try to maintain an even split between male and female reviewers. This means that if we turn you down, our “no, thanks” is not necessarily a reflection on you personally; there are a lot of variables involved in our selection process.
We’re especially interested to hear from readers with expertise in contemporary poetry.
We’ll get back to you within two weeks of receiving your submission.
Short Stories and Novels
Splice publishes collections of short stories and will be expanding operations to publish novels as well. To get a taste of the sorts of things we’d like to receive, please read the book reviews we publish online. We’re interested in adventurous, unconventional, edgy, generally experimental literature. We’re not interested in genre literature. We don’t publish individual short stories, and at this stage we’re not able to publish poetry either.
Our short story collections total about 25,000 words, give or take 5,000 words either side of that. We’re always open to receiving submissions of short story collections. Please send your entire collection to the address above, attached as a single Word document, Pages document, or PDF. We’ll take a look at it and respond to you within six weeks of receiving it.
In 2019, Splice aims to publish two novels or novellas of 25,000 words or more. Subject matter, style, structure, and length are absolutely wide open. Email the address above with a one-page outline of your book, explicitly identifying its unconventional qualities, along with a Word document, Pages document, or PDF containing the first 10,000 words. We’ll read through everything and offer you a response within six weeks of receiving your submission.
Also in 2019, Splice aims to publish short book-length works of literary criticism, running to about 25,000 words in length. These works should make a central claim about a concept, technique, or trend in post-WWII literature, and develop this claim through close readings of several works of literature. While they may certainly make references to the insights of earlier literary critics, they should not be overly academic and laden with citations, jargon, or critical theory.
Ultimately, we’re not entirely sure what these works might end up looking like, or what they might set out to discuss, but that just means we’re open to anything. Email Splice at the address above with a brief indication of the claim you’d like to make, the literature you’d like to examine, and an attachment containing two or three works of literary criticism you’ve written previously. We’ll respond to your submission within a month.