Jonathan Cape Is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions

Throughout the month of June unpublished and emerging writers will have a rare opportunity: the chance to submit their work directly to one of the world’s most prestigious literary imprints, Jonathan Cape.

UK-based Jonathan Cape is a imprint of Penguin Random House’s Vintage Books. It publishes the likes of Ian McEwan, Philip Roth, Audrey Niffenegger and Anne Enright.

Jonathan Cape - Unsolicited Submissions

This account of Jonathan Cape’s development was published in 1971 to mark its fiftieth anniversary.

Unsolicited submissions will be open between 1 June and 30 June. To submit their work, writers are asked to email an initial 50 pages of prose fiction as an attachment to These pages can be part of a novel or novella, or they can be short stories.

Together with the 50 pages writers should also include their contact details and a covering paragraph with ‘any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission’. The submitted writing can be a work in progress.

Submissions sent after 30 June will not be read so get in quick. After this date, Jonathan Cape will once again only accept submissions via a literary agent.

Source: Cape Open Submissions



  1. 4 April 2014 / 12:31 am

    Fantastic opportunity. Thanks!

  2. 15 April 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Not only is this an awesome opportunity, but we’ve all been given enough notice to polish up current projects – ace!

  3. 23 April 2014 / 9:27 pm

    This is great for emerging authors who just can’t seem to find footing anywhere!

  4. Fergus Coyle
    28 April 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Could you please specify if the 50 pages for submission are to be single-spaced, double-spaced or other?

    • 10 May 2014 / 7:41 pm

      I was wondering the same thing, it would be very helpful to have that clarified.

    • Lisa
      4 June 2014 / 5:08 am

      The industry standard is 250 words a page.

  5. 9 May 2014 / 11:39 pm

    Great opportunity! Does anyone know if it needs to be single or double spaced? Would I be right in presuming the pages are A4?

  6. 18 May 2014 / 2:22 pm

    I agree with the above posts. This is truly a great opportunity for writers!

  7. 7 June 2014 / 8:12 am

    When submitting to an agent the general rule of thumb is double spaced, A4. Just as you would if it was a paper submission.

  8. 26 June 2014 / 12:16 am

    Great opportunity indeed! I hope my manuscript will be chosen for publication.
    Wish me good luck pals.

  9. Rachel
    2 July 2014 / 1:49 am

    Was this June 30th deadline UK date since there is a US/UK time difference?

  10. 31 August 2014 / 7:52 am

    When is one likely to hear back from Cape Submissions? Or is there a period of time after which (if one hasn’t heard) one can assume that Cape is not interested and therefore offer it elsewhere?

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