Manuscript Submission Guide

We accept for publication in book form a small number of manuscripts each year. Before submitting a manuscript to us, please read carefully the ‘About Us’ pages, particularly the About SLG Press page, and also study our list to see if you think your work fits in with what we publish. Our focus is on books which, in a Christian context, give guidance and support on prayer, including books which relate to works of prayer and spirituality from past centuries and the authors of those works.

The usual length of our publications is between 7,000 and 20,000 words. Longer manuscripts will not usually be suitable for us, although shorter manuscripts may be considered. Our preference is for un-illustrated text. The number and complexity of illustrations which we can include inside our books is limited; such illustrations should in any case be black and white.

We receive requests periodically for publications which could help young people or adults approaching confirmation; and for short, simple publications written for a non-academic audience of adults wishing to learn about and begin to embrace the Christian faith. We welcome for consideration manuscripts which might suit this market.

Please do not submit full-length books, or dissertations, poetry, drama, fiction, autobiography or (in general) collections of sermons, essays or seminar papers by multiple authors.

If you wish to submit a manuscript for consideration, please download and complete a Book Proposal Form and email it to the address on the form, together with a sample chapter. If you cannot send your proposal by email, please send it by post to: The Editor, SLG Press, Convent of the Incarnation, Fairacres, Parker Street, Oxford, OX4 1TB

At this stage there is no need to send an entire manuscript. Please do not send us original documents, such as manuscripts, photographs and illustrations, since we cannot accept responsibility for irreplaceable materials.

We shall respond to your proposal as soon as we can, but we are a small organisation and response times will inevitably vary. It may also be some time before accepted manuscripts are published.

Should your manuscript be accepted, we shall ask you to affirm that your work has not previously been published, and that you have no present intention of publishing elsewhere. We are a not-for-profit organisation and are unable to provide remuneration or royalties for our authors but, on publication, we provide you with a number of gratis copies of your work, based on a percentage of the initial print run, together with the opportunity to buy further copies at trade prices while the book is in print.

We shall also ask you to conform to our Guidelines for Authors, which relate principally to the preparation and presentation of manuscripts, including the format in which they can be received, our house style, the obtaining of copyright and other permissions, and the editorial and production process. We expect you to use gender-neutral language, except in any specific instances where, given the context, this is not viable. If this is not complied with, changes will be made at the copy-editing stage. The Guidelines may change from time to time, as we develop our own publishing processes, and our contracted authors will be notified of any changes.

We should like to encourage you in the creative process of writing and, where appropriate, to submit your proposal to us. If you have material other than book manuscripts which you think may interest us, please email the Editor.

If there’s a book you really want to read,
but it hasn’t been written yet,
then you must write it.

Toni Morrison