Unbound Firsts

A new imprint for debut writers of colour from the groundbreaking publisher of books including The Good Immigrant, Common People and One of Them

Are you a writer of colour with a first book already written?

Unbound Firsts is designed for you. It’s a brand-new imprint at a cutting-edge, award-winning publisher, celebrating fresh voices in fiction and non-fiction.

Unbound offers authors much more creative freedom than traditional publishing, plus all of our industry expertise, so you can tell your story as well as it can be told.

Unbound Firsts has been created with the help of an advisory board of brilliant Unbound authors: Kit de Waal, Musa Okwonga, Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman.

Pitch your project

How does it work?

Every October, we'll invite unpublished writers of colour to send us a synopsis and the first 10,000 words of their books by 30 November. The two writers chosen for publication will be announced the following March. Then we’ll work with you to make your book a commercial and literary success.

All the writers published by Unbound Firsts will receive a one-off payment of £1,000, plus royalties on sales of each copy of their book. We want to support you through a long and productive writing career, so you’ll also receive one-to-one editorial support and ongoing advice from our team.

Published book

How can I support Unbound Firsts?

Unbound Firsts is your chance to crowdfund an imprint that will publish two debut books every year.

Our community has backed more than six hundred books over the past decade – but we know that writers and readers of colour are still underrepresented across our lists and in the wider industry. This initiative is part of our mission to change this.

With Unbound Firsts, we want to seek out the very best new writing and share it with the widest possible audience. By pledging to support our imprint, your name will be permanently inscribed in the back of future classics from the voices of our generation.