About Bluemoose Books

Bluemoose Books is an 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 zillions 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 Herzevogina then Bluemoose is the publisher for you.

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, Pippa, Janet, Kathryn and Ross. 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. Unfortunately we can’t get back to you straightaway but will do our best to let you know if we want to see the full manuscript hopefully within twelve weeks. Thanks for your patience.

Submissions should be sent electronically to kevin [at] bluemoosebooks [dot] com.