Thank you for your continuing patience as we make our way through the digital submissions. We have been truly astounded by the quality and breadth of the submissions we received, and are taking each one into careful consideration – often by multiple editors. We realize that this has resulted in an exceptionally long waiting period for you, but please rest assured that we are working through the remaining manuscripts as quickly as possible, while still giving each a thorough assessment. We are currently at 550 submissions.

As before, if you have a question as to your status or would like to pull your submission, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)


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  6. It would be interesting to know how the HC folks are processing these submissions.
    a) – big slush pile — just sending out rejections as each one comes to the top.
    b) – Read the Query Letter, Synopsis, and first 1000 words and moved submission to second pile or rejected.
    c) – Reading full story from second pile and passed to second reader for another opinion or rejected.
    d) – Pile for second reading
    If you are one of 200 left there is a big difference between 200 left in a) vs 200 left in d).

  7. Just got my rejection. “Due to the high volume,” blah, blah, blah, “we can’t offer individual feedback,” blah, blah, blah. “Best of luck” and “thanks for thinking of us.”

    Well, I’m not going to gush, “Thank YOU HV, for allowing me this wonderful opportunity,” etc., etc. Although I do appreciate being one of the last to be rejected, say, the top 200-ish? Whatever.

    Fourteen months (plus) after submission, and I’ve published two more books to make this a trilogy, and started my own small press. We published 13 books since last October, with probably 18 coming in 2014, and 15 authors under contract.

    So long, HV, and thanks for all the fish! (I hate fish, by the way.)

  8. Had a moment of frustration (panic?) when I realized that the email I used for submission had been dumping or bouncing all incoming messages for a month.
    But I’m just posting here to make the number go up, really. I always feel a sense of hope when a new comment is left on an old message, don’t you?
    Sorry it’s not anything exciting. I hope everyone’s having a fine December. :)

  9. Hey everyone,

    Last night I had a dream that Harper Voyager called me because they wanted to publish my book. Awesome, isn’t it? Except that on the very same night (without waking up in-between, mind you) I dreamed that Voyager put on their website a list of who they wanted to publish (a list, guys, a whole list!). My book was not in it. So I went and made myself a cocktail. Not a glass, a jar.

    You know what’s good about getting drunk in a dream? You don’t wake up with a hangover.

    Thought I’d share it with you.

    Good luck to us all,

  10. Would it be ironic if HV announced their top twelve (or however many) in January? A year from the promised date. I’m genuinely asking, the fine line between irony and coincidence always seems to escape me.

    • Yay for a response!
      Congratulations on sticking in the pile.
      Still waiting for mine. I’ll just keep typing in the meantime, while trying not to dread that they just forgot to tell me ‘so sorry’. Hah!

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  12. I check this site all the time, it has become part of my routine. But the comments are rarely entertaining, just more of the same. Thanks, HV. Up top, good job, keep up the hard work over there at headquarters. So to keep things interesting I’m going to write something new and different. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! That is me screaming. Hurry up HV, my hair is going gray! My teeth are turning mossy. My eyesight is slipping. I’m getting old and you can’t reject the elderly, they’re fragile! Heart attacks, hips that crack with a sneeze, etc. So please, think of the old people.

    • How long do manuscripts sit in slush pile before they’re read? Three to six months at least, right.
      Okay now after your manuscript gets read and put in the consideration file how long before it makes it through the next level?…another six months to a year…as I see it things have gone pretty much on schedule. This wasn’t a contest or anything. It’s just an opportunity….One I hope HV can continue for future non represented authors.

  13. I have emailed a couole of times asking about an update on my submission but haven’t had a reply. I know you’re snowed under but thought it was worth a go here. The novel is called ABENDAU’S CHILD.


  14. Dear HarperVoyager,

    I would like to find out the status of my digital submission. I submitted my novel “The Beholder” to you, and I’m not sure if it is still being considered. Thank you so much.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Ivan Amberlake

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  16. It would still be even nicer if there was some way one could find out if their submission is still being considered. I’m still having nightmares worrying that I missed the message some how or another.

  17. Is this an annual event? I am working on a manuscript and hope to have first draft done by Christmas at the latest, and would love to enter it at a later date.

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