The reading has begun and I am overwhelmed by the quality, range and diversity of the submissions we have been sent. There are a few things already to read again and consider for the next round but with well over 400 submissions left to read I am going to be realistic about time frames.
By the end of August I will have read and considered all the submissions and had a chance to re-read too. Early in September I shall write to any authors whose work has sung out to me and shall ask to see the entire novel.
I realise that it is disappointing not to hear if your work is NOT selected but with 525 submissions to read we cant get back to everyone. So I am going to say here that it is absolutely amazing to realise just how many people are writing great books and have sent their work for us to consider for publication on the Pushkin Press list. In the days before the open submission date I would wonder how many submissions we would receive. I hoped for 200, I would have been thrilled with 100. 525 is mind-boggling.
More soon …