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Calder Publications UK Ltdsearch for term

In Spring 2007 Elisabetta Minervini and Alessandro Gallenzi, founders of Alma Books, launched Oneworld Classics in partnership with the directors of Oneworld Publications, Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar. In September 2007, Oneworld Classics acquired the legendary Calder Publications list (founded 1949), with its vast array of Nobel-Prize winners and controversial authors such as Artaud, Trocchi and Miller. Consequently The Calder Collection was launched, providing a greater range of hitherto unavailable or obscure world classics.

In 2010 Oneworld Classics launched a new imprint, Overture Publishing, a series of beautifully produced opera and classical-music guides which are unique in the English language.

In Spring 2012 Alma Books acquired Oneworld Classics with an aim of breathing new life into this much loved list, revamping and rebranding titles as Alma Classics. Alma Classics will continue the Oneworld Classics mission, publishing not only the greatest recognized masterpieces of all time, from every literature and genre, but trying to redefine and enrich the classics canon by promoting unjustly neglected works of enduring significance.

See also: Alma Classics
Cambridge University Presssearch for term
Publishing business of the University of Cambridge; granted letters patent by Henry VIII in 1534 world's oldest publishing house; second largest university press in world; ( tells you how to submit manuscripts electronically, but only deals with non-fiction. See also: Cambridge University Press
Campbell Thomson & McLaughlin Ltdsearch for term

Please see The Marsh Agency

Synonyms: Campbell Thomson & McLaughlin, The Marsh Agency
Can Stock Photosearch for term
Over 3 million images, from 12,000 photographers. $1 downloads or a subscription of $35.95. Free weekly downloads with masses of new images.
Canadian Poetry Associationsearch for term

Organisation linking poets and fostering development of local chapters. Helpful guidelines on getting published.

Capel & Land Ltdsearch for term

Submission guidelines

Long list of clients - Specialist with rights and broadcasting.

Founded 1999

Synonyms: Capel & Land
Carmen Balcells Agencia Literaria for term
Carol Mann Agencysearch for term

Founded 1977. Psychology, popular history, biography, pop culture, general non-fiction; fiction.

Works in conjunction with foreign agents. No reading fee.

See submission page on their website

Caroline Davidson Literary Agencysearch for term

Handles novels and non-fiction of high quality, including reference works (12.5%). Does not represent children's books, crime, erotica, fantasy, murder mysteries, occult, science fiction or thrillers.

Submission Guidelines:

Send the first 50 and last 10 pages of your novel.
A three-sentence description of it (such as might appear in a preview of new novels in 'The Bookseller' magazine)
A detailed synopsis
Your full-length c.v. or resume

A covering letter giving:

practical details about your book (current word count, the date you started, the number of drafts so far)

the history of your novel to date (explain what first prompted you to write it and when; its writing history; who has read it at different stages and their reactions; which elements derive from your own personal experience; which required research, and your own appraisal of its current state).

No email submissions

Include stamped S.A.E for the return of your material

Authors include Peter Barham, Nigel Barlow, Andrew Beatty, Andrew Dalby, Emma Donoghue, Chris Greenhalgh, Tom Jaine, Huon Mallalieu, Simon Unwin, Caroline Williams.

Founded 1988.

Association of Authors' Agents

Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency Ltdsearch for term

Special interests: fiction - all fiction for women, sagas, suspense, contemporary, chick lit, historical fiction, fantasy and comic novels; non-fiction

Submission Guidelines:


  • Introductory letter
  • Synopsis of the piece,
  • First three chapters

Please use SUBMISSION/TITLE/AUTHOR NAME in the subject line to avoid spam filters

Please date your letter and remember to include all contact information.


Requests to

Synonyms: Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency
Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency Ltdsearch for term
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltdsearch for term

MSS - theatre, films, TV, sound broadcasting. "We represent a large number of award-winning writers, directors, directors of photography, production designers, costume designers and editors, working in film, television and theatre."

Before submission, a preliminary letter essential.

Casarotto Marsh Limited (in association with Marsh Best & Associates in Los Angeles) deals exclusively with technical heads of department for film, television, promos and commercials eg: Directors of Photography, Production Designers, Costume Designers and Film Editors.

Founded 1989.

Synonyms: Casarotto Company, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, Margaret Ramsay
Celia Catchpolesearch for term

Specialises exclusively as agent for children's writers and illustrators. Handles picture books and fiction to age 12.

Accepts complete picture book scripts and first 2 chapters of longer novels with prepaid return envelopes.

Send complete picture book MS or first 2 chapters of longer novels with sae for return.

No poetry or plays.

Chapman and Vincentsearch for term
Chapman Publishing (Scottish focus)search for term

Chapman - Scotland's Quality Literary Magazine

Scotland's leading literary magazine, Chapman, has a well-deserved international reputation for quality, diversity, and its authoratitive cultural voice. It is often compared to the likes of Granta, The Poetry Review, P N Review, Agenda and easily stands comparison with similar magazines in Ireland and Wales, like The New Welsh Review as well as counterparts throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Characterisation Tool for Novelistssearch for term

The P4 Personality Mapping tool claims to provide you with a new and unique method of assessing people's personality types so you can better understand and communicate with them — whether colleagues, family or friends. For fiction writers it offers you a new way of creating realistic characters to fulfill specific plot roles. Not for everyone, but an interesting idea:

Charles Jonessearch for term
author; formerly nerd responsible for keeping the site running; spent over 25 years in computer business; started out dusting bugs off valves, but in time graduated to writing software and managing projects; as published author with stack of waiting-to-be-published manuscripts tucked away, WritersServices is answer to his silent prayer; his book 'Ordinary Heroes' An extraordinary true story of wartime adventure; recently published book about Battle of Fulford-'Fulford the forgotten battle of 1066', published by Tempus ISBN 0752438107See also: Charles Jones, Chas Jones Synonyms: Chas Jones
Charles Pick Fellowshipsearch for term

Award £5,000 (maximum).


School of Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ

Phone 01603 592286

Fax 01603 507728

UEA web

Contact: Natalie Orr


An annual award, founded in 2001 by the Charles Pick Consultancy in memory of the publisher and literary agent who died in 2000, to support a new unpublished writer of fictional or non-fictional prose. Award of the fellowship, which is residential from August to January, is judged on the quality of writing and reference from a literary agent, editor or accredited creative writing teacher. Previous winner: Tom Frick.

Deadline for applications: 31 January each year.


Award £10,000 plus free campus accommodation


Cherokee Literary Agencysearch for term
Children's Poetry Bookshelfsearch for term

Run by the Poetry Book Society, this website has a lively child-friendly section with poetry puzzles and quizzes, and the kids' own poems and poetry book reviews. The CPB is the only children's poetry book club in the world and serves a 7-11 age range with memberships for parents, grandparents, teachers, school libraries and public libraries around the world.

Childwriterssearch for term

New subscription site where children's work can be posted, aimed primarily at schools. It offers monthly competitions and is 'designed to raise the profile of literature written for children, by children'.

Cholmondeley Awardssearch for term

Award £8,000 (total).

The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB

Phone 020 7373 6642

Fax 020 7373 5768

Founded 1965 by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Annual honorary awards to recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets. 2002 winners: Moniza Alvi, David Constantine, Liz Lochhead, Brian Patten.


Chris Holifieldsearch for term
Managing director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage.
Christian Alternativesearch for term
An Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. A space at the edge where the light shines through.See also: John Hunt Publishing, Trevor Greenfield
Christine Green Authors’ Agentsearch for term

Represents fiction and general non-fiction. Does not represent children's books, science fiction/fantasy, poetry or scripts.

Commission: (home 10%, overseas 20%). Works in conjunction with agencies in Europe and Scandinavia.

Submission Guidelines:

Send the first three chapters and a synopsis of the remainder, together with a short covering letter. You must enclose a stamped S.A.E. (If you are outside the UK, please use international postal orders). Does not accept submissions on disc, by email or fax. Submissions should be typed using double-spacing on one side of the paper only; please remember to number the pages.

No reading fee.

Founded 1984.

Association  of Authors' Agents

Synonyms: Christine Green
Christopher Little Literary Agency (CCLA)search for term

Commercial and literary full-length fiction and non-fiction. No poetry, plays, science fiction, fantasy, textbooks, illustrated children's or short stories.

Check the site for submission details.

Founded 1979

Synonyms: CCLA, Christopher Little Literary Agency
Chronos Bookssearch for term
Colin Smythe Ltdsearch for term
Click for Colin Smythe Publishers References listing
Compete around the worldsearch for term

Website which links to competitions across the globe, including lots of literary ones and other competitions for writers.

Conjunctionssearch for term

Online magazine publishing innovative fiction, poetry, criticism, drama and interviews, with the selection (including work by Peter Straub and M John Harrison) 'based on the literary excellence, originality and vision of the writing.'

Contemporary Poetry Reviewsearch for term

Online American journal devoted exclusively to reviews and criticism of poetry published in book form.

Contemporary Writerssearch for term

Produced by the British Council in association with BookTrust, this is an elegant but browsable site with pages on contemporary British writers of a literary bent. Short articles (some excellent) and lists of books.

The site has now come into its own as a useful resource, as it’s built its excellent author biographies to include over 400 writers, including biographical details, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and author photos. Constantly updated and searchable by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date. A really first-rate resource, and a place for all writers to aspire to be.

Content Integratorssearch for term

SEO Internet Business Content Writing Company Content Integrators is a professional SEO web content internet business company offering creative writing services, technical writing services, and web content writing services.

Contributors Referencessearch for term
Contributors to WritersServices
--Colin Murraysearch for term
Colin MurrayColin joined Penguin Books after university. He has over the years worked for a number of the major publishing houses in senior editorial positions. His particular interests, apart from sailing, are science fiction, fantasy, crime and thrillers.See also: Colin Murray
Conville & Walsh Ltdsearch for term
See Conville & Walsh listingSynonyms: Conville & Walsh
CookeMcDermidsearch for term

Literary fiction and non-fiction, and quality commercial fiction.

Coombs Moylett Literary Agencysearch for term

Commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction (home 15%, overseas 15%, film/TV 15%). Fiction: thrillers, crime/mystery; women's literary and contemporary. Non-fiction: biography; history and current affairs.

Send synopsis, first 3 chapters and sae (essential). No disk or email submissions. No reading fee.

Works with foreign agents.

Copyright Clearance Center Incsearch for term

US not-for-profit organisation which manages rights relating to 1.75 million works. Authors can register their published works free and get royalty payments less nominal service fee. Also useful if you are trying to clear permissions/track down rights-holders.

Copyright Licensing Agencysearch for term

CLA is the UK's Reproduction Rights Organisation. It is responsible for looking after the interests of rights owners over the copying of books, journals and periodicals. A non-profit making company, it is owned by its members, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society and the Publishers Licensing Society.

Copyright Officesearch for term
The US copyright office has information on its website about how to register and what advantages there are in doing so.
Cornerstone Publishingsearch for term

publishing company of Random House UK

See also: Random House UK
Cosmic Egg Bookssearch for term
An Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION & HORRORSee also: John Hunt Publishing search for term
Create Your Screenplaysearch for term

Barry Pearson, credited writer on 8 feature films and many TV scripts, offers free resources, including over 100 articles, seminars, assessment services and his e-book, It's all about the Story.

Creative Authors Ltdsearch for term

Fiction, women's fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, humour, history, autobiography, memoir, Mind, Body & Spirit, health, cookery, arts and crafts, crime, children's fiction (home 15%, overseas 20%). Also represents a small number of scriptwriters.

Not currently accepting any new fiction clients but will consider well crafted non-fiction. If you’d like to send your material, write (email or via hard copy) with your publishing history and CV, together with a synopsis, 3 sample chapters and a SAE for the return of your material. Prefers email submissions

Authors include Tania Ahsan, Sharon Byrne, Melissa Garner, Peter Harrodine, Nicola Hill, Steve Hill, Ray Murray, Adele Nozedar, Feargus O'Sullivan, Mark Torrender, Dee Weaver.

Established 2008.

Synonyms: Creative Authors
Creativity Games.netsearch for term
Three times a week this site updates with new creativity brain games, in the belief that creative thinking is quickly becoming our most valuable asset. the site exists to encourage you to push the boundaries of your creative ability.
Creativity Workshopsearch for term

Site focused on helping writers get in touch with their own creativity through drawing, story telling and personal memoir, with a view to developing 'expanded perception, innovative problem solving and new ways of looking at one's work'. International workshops.

Cressrelles Publishingsearch for term
Click for Cressrelles Publishing Publishers References listing
Crime Timesearch for term

High quality site linked to Crime Time magazine, which has thoughtful reviews, features and interviews with Crime authors:

Crown House Publishingsearch for term
Click for Crown House Publishing Publishers References listing
Cruel.comsearch for term

Humorously black and sometimes over-the-top website which links to sites which qualify for the 'Cruel Site of the Day' award. From The Bureau of Atomic Tourism to Once More into the Breeches, they single out 'the vague, malicious or dark humoured.'

Curtis Brown Group Ltdsearch for term
Represents screenwriters and specialises in film and TV. Commission : 15-20%.

Website includes submission guidelines. Also represents directors, designers and actors.

Founded 1914.Synonyms: Curtis Brown Group
Curtis Brown Ltdsearch for term
See Curtis Brown listingSynonyms: Curtis Brown
Cyber Readsearch for term

Online publisher and bookstore featuring wide range of e-books published on site for sale for range of reader devices.

--Chatto & Windussearch for term

highly-regarded imprint of Random House UK

--Changemakers Bookssearch for term
An Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. Transform your life, transform your world - Changemakers publishes books for individuals committed to transforming their lives and transforming the worldSee also: John Hunt Publishing
--Circle Bookssearch for term
An Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. Explores Christian spirituality as the relationship between the self and its sense of the transcendent or sacred, which issues in literary and artistic expression, community, social activism, and practicesSee also: John Hunt Publishing
--Compass Bookssearch for term
An Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. Focuses on practical and informative ‘how-to’ books for writersSee also: John Hunt Publishing
--Canadian Authors' Associationsearch for term

The national writers' organisation. A useful site, with plenty of information for authors on resources, copyrights, contracts, writing markets, publisher contracts and research

--Crime Writers' Associationsearch for term
A networking society for some 400 British crime writers (widely defined) and links to their sites. Membership for published writers only, but award a Debut Dagger for the best unpublished crime novel. Some articles from their magazine Red Herrings are posted on the site and there are links to many individual crime writers' websites.