Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions for our tenth issue, which will be released in October 2019, is September 15, 2019.

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 The novel in question must be unpublished at the time of submission.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: minimum 250 words, maximum 500 words. 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 email 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.

There is no fee for submitting.

Please note that we do NOT accept submissions of memoirs or other nonfiction works. Only the openings of novels (works of fiction 50,000 words or longer) will be considered.

We will also not consider openings that have been previously submitted to Embark and turned down. In the interests of featuring the work of as many writers as possible, we will not consider additional submissions from writers whose work we’ve already published in an earlier issue.

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

Our response time ranges from two weeks to three months.