Call for Submissions: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity

Yes, it’s true! We are delighted to announce an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join our global science fiction and fantasy imprint.

The submission portal,, will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.

Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at

The submissions and digital publications are a joint, global effort by Harper Voyager, spearheaded by Deputy Publishing Director Emma Coode in the United Kingdom, Associate Publisher Deonie Fiford in Australia, and Executive Editor Diana Gill in the United States. The three editors note that: “No other publishing company has done a coordinated submission period for unagented authors across three continents, and all of us at Harper Voyager and at HarperCollins Publishers are absolutely thrilled to be launching this huge opportunity. We look forward to discovering and digitally publishing many new exciting voices globally at Harper Voyager.”

Please check our guidelines at, prepare your manuscripts (revise and polish!), and get ready to submit between 1 October 2012 and 14 October 2012!

Harper Voyager Digital Submissions Press Release


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  33. Well, it’s 9:20 am and it’s October 1st. Absolutely zero sign of anything on the portal site, I’m still being looped back here. I’ve followed a link from the UK site.

    Like I said, it IS, 9:20am, it IS 1st October – hell, in Australia it’s nearly 2nd October – has something gone wrong?

      • I wonder if it’s broken or if it’s just a case that all our uploads go to the American site. I notice the Portal address is dot com.

        If that’s the case, I suspect it won’t open until three quarters of the world’s English speakers have gone to bed ;-)

        I might try again this afternoon but I suspect it’ll be tomorrow, now.

    • It is now October 3, and still we (all of us who wanted to submit, I suspect) are being rolled back to the same old page. Hard to believe Harper Voyager is doing this on purpose (although paranoia suggests it might be a way to discourage a few potential submissions), so an obvious question is this: would it really be a good idea to publish with an outfit whose act is so NOT together?

  34. I too think I’d 13 days to “learn” the submission guidelines isn’t enough time. Can you brief us on what font? Word count? Format: pdf or rtf? I’m currently self-published but have no marketing skills. My book is currently up on which requires Table of Contents do you want that? Just would love more clarification. :)

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  36. Harper Voyager should have listed how they want writers to pitch?
    Are they expecting the writers to only submit a manuscript?

    A pitch would be useful for Harpers in deciding which manuscripts to read.
    A fifty word synopsis?

    They could have made that clearer in this blog.
    Also, there is no link to the application form on this page.


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  43. I would like to urge you to please post your guidelines in advance of the submission dates to give us time to format our novels accordingly. Also, can you please answer the question about whether or not you want query letters and/or synopses and if you require any specific lengths or formats for these? I would like to be ready to submit but can’t get ready without more information. Thank you!

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  45. Someone kind of asked this below but I’ll ask again since it wasn’t answered. Are submissions open to Canadians? If so, do we send to US or UK?

  46. What a bunch of whiners you are. If you don’t want to submit then don’t but don’t whine about everything that doesn’t suit you in the guidelines or carry on with your conspiracy theories about Harper Voyager stealing your non-existent earnings.

  47. This sounds wonderful, except for the word count. I have a fantasy story that I would love to submit, except it’s 50,000 words. I could not see padding the story to make the minimum word count. But the question I have is, if this is an ebook venture, why are word counts still given in this kind of range? Is there something wrong with you selling a shorter ebook novel?

    Please understand, at present, I have no intentions of bugging you with a slush pile submission when my story has already failed to meet one of your requirement. I’m just curious why you’re pushing arbitrary word counts if you plan to release these as digital titles.

    • I agree, I am up to 62,000 . I started with only 52,000 so I have added a lot but I am almost half way through my book with editing and I just dont know if i will make it. I wonder if they will just dismiss anything under 80,000?

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  49. My book is currently being published by the small press Inkwater Press. I retain all rights to the work, so would I still be able to submit it here? Or do I have to choose one over the other? Inkwater is publishing my book in ebook form as well as print, and I’m not for sure going to get it in print with this. But at the same time, it’s a bigger company with more exposure…so would I be able to submit my book here if it is bein published by Inkwater?

  50. Whilst on the face of it, this seems like a sound business opportunity for both parties, attempting to follow your companies instructions by going to certain websites does not garner much confidence if your links fail, as they are currently doing. Further, when others have brought this to your attention it looks to have been completely disregarded? Again, this does not instill much confidence.

    If you cannot operate a website such as this, how effective are you going to be for the authors and their eBooks… That is, if they can actually succeed in submitting their manuscripts to you.

    I was directed here by a kind hearted friend. I must confess to have being initially excited at the prospect. An international publisher such as yourself has an enormous advertising engine, and that in itself was tempting. Ah well.

    • Debi, it states above that the given link is to a portal that will only be available from 10/1/12-10/14/12; therefore, the link will surely not work yet (and this redirects to the general FAQ page). This may also be why Harper hasn’t responded to previous complaints: The answer is already available.

      Hope that helps!

      • I was having the same issue and thought it was that the website hated my browser XD I’ll stop trying to get the page to load and get back to polishing manuscript and not worrying about it. Thanks!

      • I understand waiting for the first, but it would be handy to know more about your guidelines before we’re under the gun. Is it possible to activate the link without an active submit button?

  51. Is this a joke? I’ve been trying to connect with your website that supposedly has the submission guidelines and I keep getting jerked around a computer loop.

  52. You display three categories: USA, UK, and Australia, but no Canada!
    I am Canadian. Closer to America than to Britain, however, my spelling is true Canadian (ie. British).
    I assume that I should submit my novel under the UK section. Right?

  53. This has more holes in it than a sieve. The more experienced of us can see this and Harper it taking advantage of people, using their name. They are choosing the questions to respond to. Why should people do this, they can publish directly on Amazon and make money. I earn a fine living from my efforts and this should be afforded to all, without tying themselves up to make money for someone else.

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  61. The RWA San Diego chapter has just been notified of your call for submissions for science fiction and urban fantasy. Does this include paranormal romance?

    I have science fictions and urban fantasies with strong romantic elements, but they’re written with multiple viewpoints and some sexual heat.

    • If the story appeals to sf/f readers as well as paranormal romance readers, we’re happy to consider. IF it is primarily intended for romance
      readers (i.e. the stoty cannot exist without the romance), it’s not for us. Thanks.

  62. Can you make clear the payment you are offering. Is there an advance? Will every deal be separately negotiated? If it is a royalty only deal, what net royalty are you offering?

    Oh yes, and since when did a major publisher think it made sense to call for manuscripts without so much as a whisper about offering payment? The business model proposed here is not so different from Macmillan New Writing, and that outfit has always been very upfront about payment.

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