Aspiring writers have five days, 26-30th September 2016, to submit to Pan Macmillan South Africa for their manuscript to be considered.
It’s a hard life for writers in generally. They have to spend years working hard on their manuscript and getting rejections right, left and centre in the hopes of being the next big thing. In Africa, it is doubly difficult as many publishers on our rock haven’t understood that their industry could be a lot bigger than it currently is. Getting a manuscript to a publisher and getting even that rejection can be almost impossible at best.
With this in mind, I was extremely excited when I spotted a call out from Pan Macmillan South Africa who are currently doing a call out for manuscripts. Pan Macmillan South Africa are the people who publish a huge number of the some of the most well-known writers in the African writing business and beyond. Some of our favourites are Angela Makholwa who’s The Thirtieth Candle we loved, Ekow Duker, Mandla Langa, Nthikeng Mohlele, Siphiwo Mahala, and Thando Mgqolozana.
The South African based firm does not accept unsolicited manuscripts but have an open submissions period which will be from the 26th to the 30th of September 2016. Yes ladies and gentlemen, if you have a manuscript that needs to be seen by a publisher this is your chance.
As an African publishing house, Pan Macmillan believes in publishing books by African authors and/or books that deal with contemporary African themes and issues. They are extremely selective in accepting works for publication therefore only works of the highest writing standard, level of originality and market appeal will be considered. So you don’t have to be a South African to submit your manuscript to them; you could be from anywhere on this rock who has an amazing African story.
There is a caveat of course. The firm is looking for work ONLY in general fiction, literary fiction, memoir/biography/autobiography and general non-fiction. Sadly for a huge swathe of writers, they are not considering submissions for short story collections, poetry, plays, religion and self-help and children’s books.
UPDATE: Submissions have since been closed.