Behind the Scenes: What We Look for in a Submission

At Pugmill Press, we value out-of-the-box thinking. Unlike other non-fiction publishers, we aren’t afraid to take risks; to explore previously untapped subjects, taking the reader into unchartered territory, to investigate new perspectives.

It is harder than it seems to think of an original way to reach people: whether through style, subject matter, or knowledge, or even all these areas combined, there are always possibilities for exploration and discovery in non-fiction. Pugmill Press seeks to tap into these, and using high-quality images, a careful layout, and attention to detail, we seek to create something new and bold from a place of authenticity and integrity.

Non-fiction does not have to simply be a linear unveiling of facts; it needs to have an extra element, a significant insight, a new take on what it means to be human in an ever-changing world.

When we receive a submission from a potential author, we look to see how their particular subject fits in with this vision; how it changes or enlightens, on some level, our outlook. In short, we require more than just a good idea – each book we produce needs to contribute something towards our sense of space, community, or history, affecting the reader in an unforeseen way. It also needs to be meticulously edited, with careful attention to punctuation and grammar. We know that this is asking a lot, but in return, we will give you the support, encouragement, and reward that you deserve as a writer: it is a partnership, one which we take seriously.

So, we wish any aspiring author good luck, and look forward to receiving even more submissions for the Hidden Gem Prizes! We welcome new entrants for the prizes until the closing date on 22nd March 2022.

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