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We are always on the lookout for new ideas and talent, for stories that are fresh and engaging. We’d love to read what you have been working on. If you have an agent, great, but don’t worry if not; we welcome unsolicited manuscripts. Please email or

We do not accept children’s picture books. If you have written a children’s picture book, you can self-publish your title with our sister imprint, Jelly Bean Books.

What to send

A covering letter giving your book’s working title and an outline of your idea. Please include a synopsis of your book, 2-3 chapters, and an idea of the kind of readers you think will enjoy it.

Please be aware that we can no longer return manuscripts. Just email us a Word document and we can go from there. If we do not reply straight away please do not be disheartened. Email us again or call 02921 157202.

Please email or

Our address, if you still want to send us a hard copy, is:

Candy Jar Books
Mackintosh House
136 Newport Road
CF24 1DJ

What we are looking for

Shaun Russell - Head of Publishing and Director
I am looking for children's books for 8-12 year olds (ghosts, time travel and adventure stories always go down well). We would also like to see young adult stories with strong distinctive ideas.

In addition, c
ultural biographies would most certainly be welcome. Think of the type of documentary as seen on BBC 4: 100 Years of the Girls Guides, Northern Soul, The Ballad of Mott the Hoople, Children’s TV Trials, 100 Years of the Palladium.

Added to this
, non-fiction cult TV/film books – similar to 100 Objects of Dr Who.  

I do not want children’s picture books. If you have written a children’s picture book, please check out our sister imprint, Jelly Bean Self Publishing.

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