we receive thousands of submissions a year so it is impossible for us to answer enquiries individually, but we are one of the few literary agencies which takes a lot of time over its unsolicited manuscripts and champions first time authors. If you would like to send us your book, please follow the guidelines below.

How to submit

You should send your submission (in Word.doc format) via email directly to the agent you would like to consider your work following the guidelines below. Contact details are listed under our agent profiles.

Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it.

Please note, we no longer accept postal submissions.

To read our individual profiles and wish lists, please take a look at the Staff page.

What not to submit

We don’t represent picture books, poetry or dramatic works (this means film, television, radio or theatre). However, if we want to work on a book with you, we will represent all rights, including dramatic, for that book.


When submitting fiction, please email the first three chapters (or about 50 pages) and a synopsis. The synopsis shouldn’t be a blurb or a cover-style ‘teaser’, but a simplified explanation of the plot in one or two sides, listing the theme, setting and characters of your book, from the first to final chapter.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Sci-Fi & Fantasy should be sent directly to Alexander Cochran, following the same submission guidelines as those for Fiction.

Children’s books

Conville & Walsh has a thriving children’s book list. We are proud to represent John Burningham, PJ Lynch, Eire’s Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey, Katie Davies, Nicky Singer and many others. We look for keen story-telling and wonderful writing. If you’re interested in submitting us a children’s or YA project please send us the first three chapters or first fifty pages, and a synopsis of the work. Please note, while we continue to represent many children’s and YA authors we are no longer open for picture book submissions


Most non-fiction books are sold on proposal, so you don’t need to have written the book already. A thirty page proposal should include:

  • What the book is about and why it needs to be written and published now.
  • Who you are and your credentials for writing the book (in the third person, which allows for trumpet blowing).
  • Where the book would sit on the shelves, including similar or competing books that have already been published.
  • A chapter of sample text (usually taken from an early part of the book, but not the introduction).
  • An outline of chapters (a page per chapter, written in full prose).

  • Covering letter

    For both fiction and non-fiction please also include a covering letter giving an account of the background of the book and an account of your career to date. If you have been referred to an agent by a trade or personal contact let us know in your letter. Do also say if you have been in correspondence with one of our agents before, and mention if your project has been seen or is being seen by any other agents or publishers.


    Please make sure that your material is typeset so as to be clearly legible. Pages should be numbered, unless you are writing an homage to The Unfortunates by B S Johnson. Please remember to include your name and a contact number and email address on the first page of your manuscript. Many of our agents read on kindle or tablet, so it’s extremely helpful to us if you include the title and your name in the file name of your submission.

    Receipt and return

    We get a lot of submissions each week, so we can’t acknowledge receipt. We do read them as fast as we can and respond as soon as we have read them.


    We do read every submission made to us, but have to give priority to the many authors we already represent. We try to read and respond within two months, but may take much longer in busy periods. Given the time it takes us to get to new submissions, we do encourage you to contact other agencies at the same time.

    Loss or damage

    If you for some reason you need to submit via post (and have agreed this with the agent in question) please keep a copy of anything you submit to us, and don’t send us original artwork. We can’t be held responsible for the loss of or damage to any typescripts, artwork or electronic media submitted to us, either in the post or during the reading process.

    We look forward to reading your submission