We are a small publishing house specialising in (mostly literary) fiction and unusual non-fiction (mainly autobiography and travel writing). We publish books in English and Afrikaans.
We only publish 12 to 15 titles per year and consequently stay very close to our mandate – which is to publish fresh, new South African fiction, and exceptional non-fiction.
Please look at the books we have published recently, either here on our website or in a local bookshop or library.
How do I submit a manuscript to Kwela?
We try not to be too prescriptive, but here are some basics.
We much prefer hard copy submissions to emailed manuscripts. Please print your manuscript on white A4 papers and on one side only.
Double spacing is preferred as it is easiest to read (this means a blank line between each line of type).
Pages should be numbered and it helps to insert the title of your manuscript at the top of each page as header.
Please do not send sole original copies of manuscripts as we cannot be held responsible for their return.
Include the following:
* A covering letter containing an outline of the contents
* A short author biography
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s disruption of the postal system, we will be accepting email submissions. Manuscripts, preferably in double spacing, can be submitted to [email protected].
Submissions should be posted to:
P.O. Box 879
Please remember that post can take up to two weeks to reach us, so please be patient.