Submissions Guidelines

If you have a work that you really believe would fit the areas covered by our imprints (Arena, Birlinn, BC Books, John Donald and Polygon), we would like to hear from you. Please email with a synopsis and sample material, and make clear why you think your work would suit our list, why you think you are best placed to write the book and which editor it should be shown to (see here). And please remember to keep things concise.

Please note:
•We do not accept submissions by fax, post or on disk.
•Due to the extremely high volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to all submissions, though each one is considered by our editorial department.
•If you have not heard from us within twelve weeks then your submission has not been successful.
All material submitted to Birlinn is treated as confidential.
Please note that due to the large number of submissions we receive, it may take us up to three months to reply to you.