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Submission Guidelines

for Carcanet Books

Carcanet considers submissions and book proposals sent electronically as emailed attachments. Posted submissions cannot be returned: replies will be sent to email addresses only.

Submission window: submissions can normally be sent between 1 and 31 July. Submissions sent outside that period will not be considered or held for consideration. Due to the Corona virus, the date for the 2021 Carcanet submission window is being delayed. We will announce the re-scheduled date here in due course. We cannot respond to submissions which reach us when the submissions window is closed. 

When the submissions window is open, please email your submission to:
Submitted texts should be attached as a single Word document or PDF.

Writers wishing to submit poetry should familiarise themselves with Carcanet's books and with the magazine PN Review. Many Carcanet authors have come to the attention of the Press by way of PN Review.

In the first instance, send between six and ten pages of work (poetry or translations) during the submission period. Decisions are usually taken within eight weeks. Writers wishing to propose projects (also during the submission period) should send a synopsis and covering e-mail with sample pages, having first ascertained from the website that the kind of book proposed is suitable for the Carcanet programme. Please do not call in person.

Our list concentrates on poetry. We are accepting no short stories, children's prose/poetry or non-poetry related titles (academic, biography etc) at the current time.

We are not considering fiction in English or translation at this time.

The Editor's decision is final. Given the volume of submissions received, it is not possible for us to offer feedback on work submitted.

Further information:

Listen to an interview with Michael Schmidt about submissions.

Subscribe to PN Review

PN Review appears every two months. It publishes outstanding poetry from the English-speaking world and in translation, accompanied by essays, interviews, reviews and features.

Subscribers receive:
Six issues of PN Review each year
Unlimited access to five decades of archive
The freedom to submit work electronically for editorial consideration
Invitations to PN Review sponsored lectures and events
Discounts on Gift Subscriptions

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Telephone: +44 (0) 161 834 8730
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