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We have decided not to open for unsolicited submissions this year. The pandemic years have been tough for us as small publishers. We are recovering from the effects of the pandemic on our business. We also have a backlog of books that will keep us busy till the end of 2024. If you have been previously published by Modjaji Books – please send a query letter. We can do manuscript assessments to see if your work is ready for publication. Our rates are available on request.

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We do have another imprint, Hands-On Books where we use a model where authors pay for the production costs. If you would like to know more about this email us.

See below for what we normally accept:
  • Novels
  • Collections of short stories by a single author
  • Creative Non-fiction can include memoirs, letters, biography, and other kinds of non-fiction.
  • Poetry – but we only call for submissions when we have space in our publishing schedule, we expect the next poetry call to be in 2024.

Please note we only publish southern African women writers.

These are other South African publishers who publish similar books to us that are worth considering submitting to:

Fiction: Jacana Media, Panmacmillan, Geko, Blackbird Books, NB Publishers, in particular, their Kwela imprint, Karavan Press.

For creative non-fiction: Bookstorm, Jonathan Ball, PanMacmillan, Jacana Media, NB Publishers, Geko, Blackbird Books, Karavan Press.

For poetry: imphepho press, deep south, Dryad Press, Black Media Press, Uhlanga Press, poetree publications, Karavan Press.

Please let us know if we should add other publishers here. These are the ones that we were able to list without doing extensive research. Email us with your suggestions.