We no longer accept unsolicited submissions of fiction, short stories, poetry or children’s books. Unfortunately, we just do not have the resources or the time. We work closely with literary agents and commission books ourselves. So, if you are interested in being published by Birlinn, we recommend that you find an agent to represent your work. The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is invaluable. Familiarise yourself with the agencies, their submission guidelines and clients, and take time to tailor your covering letter, synopsis and sample material. Good luck!
If you have a work of non-fiction that you believe would strongly fit the areas in which our imprints publish (Arena, Birlinn, John Donald and Polygon), we would like to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 remember to keep things concise.
Note: we don’t accept any submissions by post unless previously cleared with us. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive and the COVID-19 situation, please bear with us. We will try to respond within three months. This gives us time to review and share and discuss in-house.