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The Winners of our Open Submissions Month

Twenty7 is the major new publishing venture from Bonnier, devoted specifically to publishing debut authors across all fiction genres. Twenty7 is dedicated to finding new talent and for the first 27 days of September 2015, it was was open to unagented submissions, with the support of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. 462 submissions were received which have been expertly narrowed down to just five manuscripts. They have been selected as the submissions with the most potential and all five authors will receive an editorial consultation, with the aim of providing focused guidance and support as they develop their narratives as well as the chance to have their manuscript considered for publication.

The titles which have been selected for feedback are:

The Residents by C.J. Tudor (thriller)
Blue Gloves on a String by Eleanor O’Reilly (reading group)
The Husband Shop by Jaimie Admans (women’s fiction)
No Place by Katharine D’Souza (women’s fiction)
Unlawful Things by Anna Sayburn Lane (thriller)

Twenty7 editor, Joel Richardson comments:
‘We really enjoyed reading all of your submissions – and the incredible variety of ideas, characters, and styles which came flooding in. Thank you to everyone who sent us their first 5,000 words and best of luck as you continue to work on your manuscripts.’

Twenty7 has just published its first paperback title, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik which was an eBook bestseller and has been published to widespread critical acclaim.

For media enquiries please contact Emily Burns Emily.burns@bonnierpublishing.co.uk / 0207 490 3875 or for more information on Twenty7 contact Joel Richardson on joel.richardson@http://www.twenty7books.co.uk

 

About Bonnier Publishing Fiction:

Bonnier Publishing Fiction is a division of Bonnier Publishing which encompasses the children’s imprints Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press and adult fiction imprints Zaffre and Twenty7. Bonnier Publishing Fiction combines brand new voices with established storytellers to bring a broad spectrum of high quality and innovative fiction to all ages.

Hot Key Books was formed in 2012 and quickly established itself for publishing genre-defying and critically acclaimed books including the Carnegie Medal winner MAGGOT MOON. They have published bestselling and award-winning authors such as Sally Gardner, Benjamin Zephaniah, Garth Nix. E. Lockhart, Dawn O’Porter, Maureen Johnson, and Guillermo del Toro.

Piccadilly Press has been publishing for over 30 years, selling more than 6 viagra alternative.5 million books. They have won a prestigious list of awards, including winning the IPG Children’s Publisher of the year. Piccadilly Press became part of Bonnier Publishing in 2012.

Zaffre was established in 2014 by Quercus founder Mark Smith. It will publish commercial fiction of all genres, taking established authors and providing dedicated care and attention to grow their audiences around the world.

Twenty7 was also established in 2014, and focuses exclusively on debuts across all fiction categories from high-octane crime thrillers to the most heart-warming romances, finding innovative ways to launch new authors into the market. As their careers develop authors will move into the Zaffre list.

 

 

Bonnier Publishing is the fastest growing major publisher in the UK, with group sales of £100m. It has offices in Australia, France and the USA with 460 employees worldwide.  In the UK it owns publishers Hot Key Books, Zaffre, Twenty7, The Totally Entwined Group, IglooBooks, Templar Publishing, Big Picture press, Blink Publishing, Autumn Publishing, Piccadilly Press and Weldon Owen Publishing. Its overseas publishers are The Five Mile Press & Echo Publishing in Australia, Paris based publishers Piccolia and Elcy, and little bee books in New York. It is ultimately owned by Bonnier Books, which is a top 15 world publisher with revenue of £550m.

 

Cornerstones was established in 1998 and is a leading UK literary consultancy. With 60 specialist industry editors based in the UK and US, Cornerstones provides feedback to writers, scouts for agents and specialises in launching debut writers such as: Sarwat Chadda, Liz Kessler, Ava McCarthy, Jane Yardley, Lezanne Clannachan, and Kate Glanville to name a few. They have a teaching bias and passion for self-editing techniques and are guest lecturers at leading universities and writer conferences. For more information visit www.cornerstones.co.uk or email helen@cornerstones.co.uk

Posted 22 Jan 2016
By Shane Hegarty