Unbound Firsts

By Unbound

Unbound Firsts is a new imprint for debut writers of colour

Fiction | Non fiction
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Become a patron and give £100+ to receive paperback and ebook copies of our first titles, as well as access to advance proofs of both books, and your name in the back of the books.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a debut writer of colour, how do I submit my book?

You can send us your book idea here. Please note the deadline to submit is 30 November 2021.

What is an imprint?

An imprint is a specific brand identity that a publisher creates for books that are aimed at specific segments in the market. For example - romance books, crime fiction books or YA books. Unbound Firsts is an imprint that is specifically for debut writers of colour.

Why does the publication process take so long?

The two books selected for Unbound Firsts will be announced in March 2022 and published in April 2023. The publication process is a year long because our standard turnaround from manuscript delivery to publication is a full calendar year (in line with most traditional publishers). This allows good time for every stage in the editorial and production process, while also factoring in print and distribution lead times, plus the lead time required for selling book to retailers.

Can I donate more to Unbound Firsts?

Yes of course! You can add an extra donation at the checkout. We also welcome larger donations towards the imprint. Please get in touch with our crowdfunding campaigns executive, Cassie Waters who will be able to direct you on how to make a larger donation or order multiple copies.

I want to know more about Unbound Firsts, is there more information anywhere?

Yes of course! Visit our Unbound Firsts page here, and view the Unbound Firsts Terms & Conditions here.

Still have a question? Visit our Help Centre to find out more.

Unbound Firsts is a new imprint for debut writers of colour.

Sign up to be among the first to receive two debut novels from contemporary writers of colour.

Through an open call, two writers will be selected from a longlist of six for publication by Unbound. These will be either adult fiction or non-fiction books, with both titles scheduled for publication in March 2023. We’re looking forward to adding two new voices to our eclectic and growing list, to join our ranks of brilliant Unbound authors. The four shortlisted writers will receive a full manuscript report and an invitation to our specially curated publishing insights workshop.

Subscribers to Unbound Firsts will receive exclusive updates as well as access to extracts from both books. You will also receive special offers, discounts and opportunities that we’ll be launching specifically for our Unbound Firsts readers. 

  • Become a digital subscriber to receive ebooks of that year’s Unbound Firsts titles, and your name in the back of the books.
  • Become a print subscriber to receive paperback and ebook copies of that year’s titles, and your name in the back of the books.
  • Become a patron to receive advance proofs of both books before they're published, as well as first edition paperbacks, ebooks, and your name in the back of the books.
  • We've also created a pledge level for bookshops to become patrons of Unbound Firsts, where the name of your bookshop will be inscribed in the front of the book.

    Our Unbound Firsts books will create a vital space for readers and writers of colour in publishing. Your support extends beyond receiving two debut books from new talent, it will also ensure that more people of colour are featured on our bookshelves and that the book industry better reflects the world we live in.

    We're very grateful to our Unbound Firsts Advisory Board: Kit de Waal, Musa Okwonga, Chimene Suleyman and Nikesh Shukla, for their advice, support and valuable input in shaping the imprint and its intentions. 

    Kit:"All the good intentions in the world don’t pay the bills.  Unbound Firsts recognises the value - the pounds, shillings and pence value - of publishing exciting new talent.  Black writers deserve to be properly paid."

    Musa:"Unbound gives the author a rare amount of creative freedom - it trusts the author to tell a story in substantially the same form that they imagine it. When you are telling sensitive stories, creative freedom is - for me at least - the most important consideration."

    Chimene:"The only thing more radical than representing marginalised writers, is actually representing marginalised readers. There are entire demographics whose tastes, interests, and access to books have been overlooked, which finally needs to change."

    Nikesh:"Unbound's track record for giving authors space to try new and innovative books that speak directly to their audiences is a brilliant way of engaging readers as well as giving artists space to develop."

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