Submissions

Pan Macmillan South Africa unfortunately does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

 

Keep checking this page for updates on our next open submissions.

 

Guidelines for submitting your work to Pan Macmillan:

Pan Macmillan South Africa publishes books for the general market in the following categories:

  • General fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Memoir/biography/autobiography
  • General non-fiction

 

Due to the priorities of our local publishing programme, Pan Macmillan will unfortunately not consider submissions for short story collections, poetry, plays, religion and self-help and children’s books.

 

As an African publishing house, we believe in publishing books by African authors and/or books that deal with contemporary African themes and issues. We are extremely selective in accepting works for publication. Only works of the highest writing standard, level of originality and market appeal will be considered.

 

All submissions should contain:

  • Each submission must be accompanied by a covering letter and 500-word synopsis along with three completed chapters of your manuscript (in either Word or pdf format).
  • For non-fiction: a detailed chapter outline with the first three chapters (preferably) or several selected finished chapters. Please do not submit the entire manuscript as we will request this from you if we are interested in seeing more of your submission.
  • For fiction: a brief (one page or less) synopsis of the plot and the first three chapters (preferably). Please do not submit the entire manuscript.
  • A note on the author’s view of the potential market/readership of the book.
  • A note on any competing books and what might distinguish the author’s book from these.
  • All of the author’s contact details.

All material must be typed. Please ensure all pages are numbered consecutively. No handwritten submissions will be considered.

Timeline

Please note that if you have not heard back from Pan Macmillan within eight weeks, consider your submission to have been unsuccessful. Pan Macmillan is not able to enter into correspondence regarding unsuccessful submissions.

Children’s Books

Unfortunately, Pan Macmillan is no longer considering children’s books submissions.