Pan Macmillan South Africa unfortunately does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.


We will only be accepting manuscripts during our open submissions period which will be from the 20th to the 24th of November 2017.


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).
  • Your covering letter should contain a motivation for your submission along with an abbreviated CV related to your writing and the manuscript being submitted.
  • Non-fiction submissions should contain a complete Contents list for your manuscript.


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


Please send all submissions to Please write the title of your work as the email subject. Unfortunately, we will not consider submissions sent before or after this period or submissions sent by post.



Please note that if you have not heard back from Pan Macmillan within 12 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.