About / Submission Guidelines

Close-Up Books is a small press publisher of fiction and poetry based in Australia, operated by Ashley Capes and Brooke Linford.

 

Close-Up will be open to fiction and poetry submissions again in mid 2020.

Poetry

We’re looking for a wide range of poetry styles, including but not limited to free-verse, experimental works, haiku, haibun and related forms along with just about any other style or form out there. If you’re not sure whether what you’re doing is a fit – please query first.

Dates:

Submissions open Monday 30th April

Submissions close Monday 30th July

Response Time:

Our response time will be between 3-6 months after receipt of MS, depending on the amount of submissions received.

Publication:

If your work is accepted and you agree to the terms of contract, publication date will be within 6 months from the signing of contracts.

As experienced writers and editors, we will assist any successful applicants in the polishing of their work to the highest standard and afterwards, we’ll push as hard as we can to get your work not only out there, but read too.

Recently, Close-Up has published the following poetry titles – Magpie Tales , The Frequency of God and When Figs Fly.

 

MS Submission Guidelines:

  • Minimum 40 pages.
  • Electronic subs only.
  • Please submit single-spaced document in 12-pt ‘plain’ font.
  • Word document or PDF preferred.
  • Please include an acknowledgements page listing details of previously published pieces with your submission.
  • Please also include a short bio note.

Send submissions to closeupediting@gmail.com and include your name and ‘poetry submission’ in the subject line. Please include all relevant contact information.

For queries, please email Ashley or Brooke at closeupediting@gmail.com with a subject line of ‘submission query’.

 


 

Fiction

Mostly, we’re looking for stories that fall under the wide umbrella of ‘speculative fiction’ including but not limited to fantasy, science-fiction and horror and the various sub-genres, steampunk, cyberpunk, near-future, epic fantasy, low fantasy etc etc

But please note we’re also open to other genres too!

We love fast-paced, plot-based stories as much as we love the stuff that focuses a little more heavily on character and are certainly not averse to something more eclectic, so if you’re not sure whether what you’re doing is a fit for Close-Up Books – please query first.

Generally speaking, we’re looking for manuscripts that fall within the range of a 20k -150k word count. (This might be novels, novellas or short fiction collections etc)

Dates:

Submissions open Monday 30th April

Submissions close Monday 30th July

Response Time:

Our response time will be between 3-6 months after receipt of MS, depending on the amount of submissions received.

Publication:

If your work is accepted and you agree to the terms of contract, publication date will be within 9 months from the signing of contracts.

As experienced writers and editors, we will assist any successful applicants in the polishing of their work to the highest standard and afterwards, we’ll push as hard as we can to get your work not only out there, but read too.

Close-Up has recently published the following titles, starting with the military/first contact sci-fi Intruder and followed by horror collection Beneath the Ferny Tree and sci-fi humour title Lady Luck.

 

MS Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit a 1-2 page synopsis + the first 3 chapters of your MS.
  • Please ensure your submission is a single-spaced document in 12-pt ‘plain’ font.
  • Word document or PDF preferred.
  • Please also include a short bio note.

Send submissions to closeupediting@gmail.com and include your name and ‘fiction submission’ in the subject line. Please include all relevant contact information.

For queries, please email Ashley or Brooke at closeupediting@gmail.com with a subject line of ‘submission query’.