Clockwork Books is currently accepting submissions from authors who have written South African fiction in English. All genres will be considered, the only prerequisite being that the work is set in South Africa and/or about South Africans.

Please only submit to us if you have a completed manuscript. Clockwork Books will ensure that any manuscripts approved for publication receive editorial treatment, but we don’t enter into any publishing agreements for books still to be written.


If you are interested, please email three chapters in Word (or similar) format to

Include the title of the book and the author’s name in the subject line, and a short synopsis of the book and a little about yourself in the body of the email.

Don’t forget to include all your contact details so that we can get hold of you.

If we like what we read, Clockwork Books will get back to you to request the full manuscript.

Please allow 6 to 10 weeks for Clockwork Books to respond.

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