We like to be green here at Carapace so only accept submissions by email. Send your submission to: Please read the Submission Guidelines below.

We’re looking for writers who are writing contemporary commercial literary fiction – no genre fiction please, and no poetry or short stories (although we do have a prize for short stories – check it out here). We like quirky stories that bend, break and blend genres and are innovative. We’re looking for break-through, experimental literature and stories that haven’t been told, or are told in an original and refreshing way.

Submission Guidelines

Please email your submission to including two Word or PDF file attachments comprising:

  1. The first three chapters of your novel (that’s the first three, not your favourite three!) – please format this to Times New Roman 12 points, double line spacing, aligned left (unjustified)
  2. A single page synopsis

In your covering email please tell us:

  • Something adorable / scintillating / fascinating / relevant about you
  • Who you think your book is for
  • What made you write it
  • What else you have written
  • Why you think it’s right for us

Once you’re ready, send your submission to We read everything we are sent and endeavor to respond within 6 weeks, but we can’t promise a personalized response to everybody. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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