Bluemoose Books is an award winning independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Kevin and Hetha Duffy started Bluemoose in 2006 and as a ‘family’ of readers and writers we’re passionate about the written word and stories. Stories are transformative and as publishers we delight in finding great new talent. We don’t have the heft of a London publishing house with the millions of pounds to promote our writers but we do manage through innovative marketing to get our books into high street bookstores and reviewed in the national press. If you’re looking for orange headed celebrity books, you’ve probably come to the wrong place. But if you want brilliant stories that have travelled from Hebden Bridge, across the border into Lancashire, down to London across to Moscow, Sofia and Budapest and into the United States, Australia, India, Colombia and Greenland, Iceland and Bosnia Herzagovina then Bluemoose is the publisher for you.
We are the Northern Publisher of the year and two of our recent titles have been short listed for major prizes. I AM NOT YOUR EVE by Devika POnnambalam was short listed for The SALTIRE BOOK AWRDS - THE ROYAL SOCIETY of LITERATURE Prize and the world's leading literary prize for hsitorical fiction, the £25K WALTER SCOTT PRIZE.
GHOST SIGNS by Stu Hennigan was short listed for The BRITISH BOOK AWARDS and THE PARLIAMENTARIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR.
PANENKA by Rónán Hession was short listed for The An Post Irish Novel of The Year 2021 and also for The British Book Awards Book of The Year. SHOULD WE FALL BEHIND by Sharon Duggal was short listed for The Royal Society of Literature ENCORE Prize and was chosen for the biggest book progamme on televsion , BBC 2's Between The Covers and watched by over One Million viewers. DOMESTIC BLISS and OTHER DISASTERS by Jane Ions was short listed for The Comedy Women IN Print Prize 2021.
LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession was been chosen by Dublin, UNESCO City of Literature as Book of The Year 2021. It was short listed for The Booksellers Association, #BooksAreMyBag awards , The An Post Irish Book Awards, emerging writer. The Kerry Group Irish Novel Award 2020. The Dalkey Literary Awards, emerging wrirter 2020. The Society of Authors McKitterick Prize 2020 for a debut by an author over 40 and The British Book Awards 2020, debut of the year.
THE GALLOWS POLE by Benjamin Myers won the world's leading literary prize for historical fiction, the £25k WALTER SCOTT PRIZE in 2018. MAN WITH A SEAGULL ON HIS HEAD by Harriet Paige was short listed for the best new novel of the year 2018. LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession was chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, spring 2019 and was also selected as a summer read in THE IRISH TIMES and THE OBSERVER . BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers won the £10,000 PORTICO LITERATURE Prize 2015 and was also short listed for The Jerwood Fiction Prize 2015. BEASTINGS also won The Northern Writers Award for 2014. Ben won The Tom Gallon Prize 2014 awarded by the Society of Authors. PIG IRON by Benamin Myers won the inugural GORDON BURN PRIZE 2013. KING CROW by Michael Stewart won the Guardian’s NOT THE BOOKER in 2011 and was a recommended read for WORLD BOOK DAY 2012. NOD by Adrian Barnes was long listed for The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2013 and was short listed for Europe's biggest S/F prize The CLARKE AWARD 2013. We have sold the foreign rights to three of our books to Russian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Turkish and American publishers. NOD by Adrian Barnes was published in North America in September 2015. IF YOU LOOK FOR ME, I AM NOT HERE by Sarayu Srivatsa, when published in India was long isted for The Asia Man Booker. THE SECRET TO NOT DROWNING by Colette Snowden was one of six titles to be chosen for BRAVE NEW READS 2016. There are some great reviews of all our books on this site, so I do hope you get a chance to read them. Each and every book is scrubbed and polished until it shines and is then sent out with love and pride… and from the feedback we’re getting, it seems our readers like our books too.
We have a team of brilliant editors: Lin, Hetha, Leonora and Annie. Kevin can be seen and heard ranting at various universities and library events. Kevin and Hetha re-mortgaged their house to bring Bluemoose authors to you, I know, the sympathy vote… but when competing against the corporate publishers, we need all the help we can get.
Very best wishes from all at Bluemoose Books.
We do not publish children's books, YA or poetry. Please send the first three chapters and a synopsis. We can’t get back to you straightaway but we will do our best to let you know if we want to see the full manuscript hopefully within 24 weeks. If we haven't got back to you within that time frame then unfortunately we will have decided not to progress with your submission. All these decisions are subjective and are not an indication of the quality of your writing. Thank you for your patience.
Submissions should be sent electronically to kevin [at] bluemoosebooks [dot] com.