Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions for our sixth issue, which will be released in October 2018, is September 15, 2018.

A submission to Embark should consist of two parts:

(1) The opening of your novel: minimum 2,500 words, maximum 4,000 words. The novel in question must be unpublished at the time of submission. It may be partially or completely written, but in either case you should have a firm sense of its overarching themes and structure. We are looking for polished, confident work that reflects clear authorial intention.

(2) An Author’s Statement, 250-500 words long. You can interpret this however you like, discussing the book’s plot, themes, aims, inspiration, etc. Whatever your focus, though, the statement should give the reader a good sense of what the novel is all about and why you chose to write it. It should be more thorough than a blurb, more personal than a synopsis. Above all, it should demonstrate careful thought about the novel’s structure and eventual impact.

We accept only Word documents, which you should email to us with a brief cover letter at Your cover email should include only basic biographical information (2-3 sentences) and the title and genre of your novel. Beyond that, your opening and Author’s Statement should speak for themselves.

Writers whose submissions are accepted will retain all rights to their work.

We will do our best to respond to your submission within two to three months of receiving it.