We are currently focusing on commercial books for young adults (16+) and adults written by under-represented voices only. We are an imprint that celebrates love - self-love, first love etc.

We love books that are plot driven with relatable characters.

We are not open to picture books, children's or middle-grade books. 

We have an open submission policy. This means you don't need an agent to submit to us. Hashtag BLAK is an imprint of Hashtag Press.



Please address YA books to Abiola Bello and Adult books to Helen Lewis.

Please send us the following  to 

1. The first three chapters of your manuscript, in font Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced. Just the first 3 chapters regardless of how long or short they are.

2. A one-page (maximum) author biography including social media links.

3. A pitch - just a couple of sentences, like a blurb of the book or elevator pitch. Imagine you find yourself in a lift with one of us - what would you tell us about your book that would make us want to contact you again once you get out of the lift?

4. A synopsis - tell us your story line, crucial parts in the story and the ending.

Please send in three separate word documents and NOT in the body of the email. 

Please don't send the same book to both of us. Please don't send us a film pitch or a book cover.

If we are interested in your book we will be in touch within eight weeks.

If you don't hear from us do email! We may be able to offer feedback and if we can, we will.

We will not read any submissions that do not follow our guidelines. We don't accept submissions via DM.

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Co-director Abiola Bello


Co-director Helen Lewis