Submissions

Thank you for your interest in getting published by Masobe Books. We love African stories that deal with any one or more of the plethora of themes that engulf us; stories that resonate, written simply; stories from this side of the world with a universal appeal; something new, something exciting, stories that make your heart race and your hands shake; books that you want to press into the hands of all your friends immediately and stand over them until they’ve finished so you can discuss it together. If you think you have what it takes to be a Masobe Author, send us a mail in any one of our submission windows.

We are usually open to accepting manuscripts between June 1st – June 30th, and November 1st– November 30th each year.

Guidelines for Submissions

To submit your work, send an email with the subject heading “QUERY: [title of your work and your name]” to submissions@masobebooks.com.

  • Paste your cover letter in the body of your email. Your covering letter should contain a blurb not longer than three paragraphs which summarises the high points of your story (essentially the highlights of your story but with suspense; just enough to make us ask for more), the length and genre of your story. It should also tell us a bit about you and your career to date including writing qualifications you may possess.
  • Attach a one-page synopsis of the work you are submitting in Microsoft Word. Please include all major plot points in your synopsis, including spoilers, and especially the end.
  • Attach a sample of the work in question. This should be the first 3 chapters or first 50 pages of your manuscript.
  • Your submission should be addressed to The Editor.

Send your manuscript sample in double-spaced, indented paragraph, left-justified only. We prefer Courier New font type with a font size of 12pt.

Your submission will be acknowledged and assessed by our editors. We will respond within eight weeks if we are provisionally interested in publishing your work, after which we would ask for more of your material. If after reading the rest of the work and we find it to our taste and cut, we would then present you with an offer.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we may not be able to respond to you immediately. However, you would hear from us within 8 weeks.

Masobe Books is not accepting unsolicited poetry submissions or plays at this time. Unsolicited submissions sent to other Masobe email addresses may be overlooked. Hard copy submissions will not be acknowledged or returned.

To publish under our self-publishing imprint, please send a mail to makere@masobebooks.com. The mail should state your intent. Include the first three chapters of your work and your bio. We will respond promptly.

Please see the FAQs or email info@masobebooks.com for further information on how to publish with us.