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Women in print

The Women In Print campaign, which aimed to address the imbalance in the publishing industry and on our own site, was a huge success.

We received a phenomenal amount of submissions and we're happy to say that over the past year we've launched lots more varied, intelligent and bold new projects from women authors. Thank you to everyone who submitted a manuscript, supported the campaign, and spread the word.

We are still accepting submissions, so if you have something you'd like to pitch to us, we'd love to hear from you.

📖 Submit your project

Writing the balance

In the last few months we've published some brilliant books, including Katy Brand's first novel Brenda Monk is Funny, Julie Burchill's Unchosen and Salena Godden's memoir Springfield Road.

But of all the books we've published to date, just one third come from female authors. We know we're not alone in this and research has shown this gender imbalance is widespread across the publishing industry:

  • Women are over 50 per cent less likely to submit their work for publication than men, according to a survey by Mslexia.
  • The VIDA count cites major journals and literary magazines where women make up a quarter or less of the writers published.
  • The Guardian reports fewer female authors reviewed in Britain's major books sections.

That's why we've launched Women in Print - to publish interesting, challenging female authors in larger numbers than before. This month we're launching four exciting new projects from female authors and there's more to come so stay tuned for updates.

At Unbound you choose which books get written - discover our latest authors and decide which ones you want to see in print.

The writers

But that's not all...

As part of Women in Print we're looking for bold new ideas for fiction and non-fiction books. If you're a woman with a manuscript (or a book idea) we want to hear from you.

Throughout November we'll be gathering new submissions from female authors and the best three will appear on our site in the New Year.

Submit an idea, pledge your support and spread the word.

Do you have something to pitch to us?

Unbound is a crowdfunded publishing platform. We are currently accepting submissions from authors, and we'd love to hear from you.

Tell us about your idea. We publish fiction, non-fiction and everything inbetween.

📖 Submit your project
Funded
The House of Fiction
104 %

The House of Fiction

By Phyllis Richardson

A cultural exploration of British houses in fiction from Shandy Hall to Manderley

Funded
First in the World Somewhere
103 %

First in the World Somewhere

By Penny Pepper

A unique memoir of creative purpose, sexual discovery, activism - driven by defiance

Published
A Country of Refuge

A Country of Refuge

By Lucy Popescu

An Anthology of Writing on Asylum Seekers from Britain and Ireland's Finest Voices edited

Published
Ghost Variations

Ghost Variations

By Jessica Duchen

The strangest detective story in the history of music

Dwelling
15 %

Dwelling

By Liz Friend

A powerful debut from an exciting new novelist with a unique voice

Published
The Private Life of the Diary

The Private Life of the Diary

By Sally Bayley

From Pepys to Tweets: a history of the diary as an art form

Published
Living Food: A Feast For Soil & Soul

Living Food: A Feast For Soil & Soul

By Daphne Lambert

A life changing journey through soil, food, love, conviviality & nourishment

Funded
The Irish Pasha
105 %

The Irish Pasha

By Louise Foxcroft

The astonishing private and public lives of a maverick Edwardian Egyptologist

The Broken Mirror
47 %

The Broken Mirror

By Jonathan Coe and Chiara Coccorese

A fable for all ages about a mirror which reflects an alternative world

Published
F**k The Radio, We've Got Apple Juice

F**k The Radio, We've Got Apple Juice

By Miranda Ward

How do you make a living as a band in a world that doesn't want to pay?

Published
Rinse, Spin, Repeat

Rinse, Spin, Repeat

By Edie Fassnidge

A graphic novel about my experience of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004

Published
Dead Babies and Seaside Towns

Dead Babies and Seaside Towns

By Alice Jolly

A compelling memoir of stillbirth, surrogacy and seaside towns

Late Night Philosophy
38 %

Late Night Philosophy

By Iona Lee

The pin sharp first collection by the reigning Scottish Poetry Slam Champion

Published
Smart Tart

Smart Tart

By Tamasin Day-Lewis

A life spent cooking and writing turned into a delicious memoir

Published
Springfield Road

Springfield Road

By Salena Godden

A poetic, funny and touching memoir of childhood in the 1970s

Funded
The Pumilio Child
107 %

The Pumilio Child

By Judy McInerney

A dark Renaissance thriller exposing one of history's most depraved secrets

Published
Pure

Pure

By Rose Bretécher

A tragicomic memoir about intrusive sexual thoughts

Funded
The Book Of Bera Part One: Sea Paths
108 %

The Book Of Bera Part One: Sea Paths

By Suzie Wilde

The first in a brand new series of Viking adventure fantasy novels

Funded
Angel Dorothy
101 %

Angel Dorothy

By Jane Brown

A new biography of the woman behind Dartington Hall, American heiress Dorothy Elmhirst

Love Bites
66 %

Love Bites

By Elena Kaufman

Foreigners, drifters, and eccentrics reach out to strangers in their desire to be witnessed, to be connected, and to find safety in a sea of anonymity

Funded
All The Perverse Angels
109 %

All The Perverse Angels

By Sarah K. Marr

Spanning Victorian Oxford to Thatcherian London, “All the Perverse Angels” is a novel about the nature of loss and the confusion of love, about the stories we are told and the stories we tell ourselves.

Published
Brenda Monk Is Funny

Brenda Monk Is Funny

By Katy Brand

Meet Brenda Monk - she's a woman who does stand up

Published
Family Breakdown

Family Breakdown

By Penelope Leach

Childcare expert Penelope Leach shows that we can make the divorce process better for children

Funded
Narcissism For Beginners
106 %

Narcissism For Beginners

By Martine McDonagh

Formerly 'Things We Can't Undo' - Sonny was five when he last saw his mother. At 21, he sets off on a journey to find her.

Published
Saving Bletchley Park

Saving Bletchley Park

By Sue Black

The story of the saving of the home of modern computing

Funded
On The House
100 %

On The House

By Helen Maskew

A tale of murder, suicide and the treatment of inmates in a small Suffolk workhouse in 1838

Published
Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty

Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty

By Kate Mosse

A celebration of Chichester's theatre by the city's most celebrated author

Published
Unchosen

Unchosen

By Julie Burchill

The UK’s most controversial journalist on why she loves the Jewish people

Funded
Perfect Picnic
114 %

Perfect Picnic

By Tamasin Day-Lewis

The one and only picnic book you'll ever need

Funded
Seas of Snow
106 %

Seas of Snow

By Kerensa Jennings

A psychological thriller that explores whether evil is born or made

The Lido Guide
24 %

The Lido Guide

By Janet Wilkinson and Emma Pusill

A practical, beautiful, inspiring guide to the outdoor pools of the UK

Lifeshambles
41 %

Lifeshambles

By Liz Fraser

Indispensable and hilarious* notes on midlife (*possibly a lie)

Don't Hold My Head Down
38 %

Don't Hold My Head Down

By Lucy-Anne Holmes

This is the story of how, when looking for great sex, I accidentally found feminism

Brenda Monk is Famous
6 %

Brenda Monk is Famous

By Katy Brand

Brenda Monk returns in Katy Brand's second novel

The Long Shot
22 %

The Long Shot

By Bella Bathurst

The story of Bert Hardy and the Picture Post

Published
The Elegant Art Of Falling Apart

The Elegant Art Of Falling Apart

By Jessica Jones

Sometimes we have to lose everything to understand this moment is all we have