Submission Guidelines

Dear writer,

Welcome to Sooo Many Stories, an independent Ugandan publishing house that publishes Ugandan writers. 

We are currently accepting submissions in the form of manuscripts for children’s literature, suitable for ages zero to 14 years.

All submissions should be sent to kaboozi@somanystories.ug

In the subject line, please indicate which age group your manuscript falls under. Include a brief bio of the work in the body of the email.

We ask that you do not send us more than one submission at a time, and that you wait to hear back about each pending submission before sending another. If you have not heard from us 30 days after the deadline (10th December 2018 at 11:59PM), please send a query letter to kaboozi@somanystories.ug.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is 10th December 2018 at 11:59PM (EAT). Manuscripts received after this time will not be considered.

Eligibility

  • All submissions must be previously unpublished. 
  • Submissions should be made by authors themselves.
  • Submissions will only be received from Ugandan authors.

FAQ

When should I apply?

From 10th October, 2018 to 10th December 2018.

Can I submit unpublished or self-published work?

All submissions must be previously unpublished.

What if my story is published online?

Consideration for such manuscripts will be given only if they are no longer available online at the time of submission.

What if my story isn’t in English?

All submissions must be in English save for legends, myths, riddles and folktales that can be submitted in our local languages (Uganda) with their translations. 

Does my story have to be fictional?

No. Works of fiction and creative non-fiction are acceptable.

How long should my story be?

Picture books: 1,000 words 

Easy readers for ages five to nine: 1,500-2,500 words 

Chapter books: short novels (ages seven to 10)10,000-12,000 words 

                             middle grade novels (ages 8 to 12) 20,000-25,000 words 

                             young adult novels (ages twelve and up) 35,000 to 45,000 words.

Who is an “Ugandan author”?

Anybody born in Uganda, or is a Ugandan national or has a parent who is a Ugandan by birth or nationality.

Can I submit more than one manuscript?

Yes, but not before you receive feedback on the manuscript handed in previously.

How does the publishing process work?

We turn your manuscript into a published book. We edit, illustrate, design the layout and finally print. This entire process is a collaborative one, fully involving both Sooo Many Stories and the author. No money exchanges hands until contracts are signed and then the author receives payment inform of royalties.

What is in it for me as an author?

Please note that before embarking on the process described above, your manuscript must first meet our standard and fit into our vision. Once your manuscript is accepted, we sign a contract and once your book is published you will begin to receive payment in form of royalties.

Are children allowed to send in stories?

Yes they are, subject to the same procedure as all other manuscripts.

What if we send you our work and you publish it without our knowledge or credit?

You are well within your rights to sue if this happens as you hold the copyright to the manuscript before the contract stage of the procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines


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    patrick quashie says:

    pls am in ghana, can i send a story?

    1. Hi Patrick,
      As stated above:

      For the non-Ugandan reader: Thank you so much for your interest in our stories. Because Sooo Many Stories is about promoting Ugandan literature, we cannot publish your short stories or poems. We can however publish your reviews of Ugandan books and opinions that benefit our writers and readers.


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        Boney Kross says:

        Whats in it for me?


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    Rukundo Moses says:

    Thanks so much, Ms. Nyana. A nursery bed, what was one day, one day oceaned into a Garden of Eden that fed all the Adams & the Eves. When I liberate my home narratives from the Western voice I’ll hopefully board on. lol!


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    Ayella says:

    This is awesome! Genuinely heartening to know. Looking forward to submit when i am ready to.


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      Kakoma says:

      Thanks Brian


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    Arthur says:

    so happy i found you guys. for a moment there… i had given up hope on uganda’s literature. you’re bring the hope back to life. thank you.


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    Gonza Ruba says:

    Hello Nyana May God bless you in whatever you do.. i pray to God that you change the mindset of the Ugandans… that we don’t read. after hearing and listening to story yesterday i was moved… thank you and thank you God bless you..
    Gonza Ruba from Uganda Unites

    1. Thanks, Gonza! All the best!


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    Odyek Joshua says:

    Great article!
    At least my story will find audience here.

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