Pitch your book and convince Jacana Media it needs to be published!

Jacana Media is once again offering aspiring writers a once-a-year opportunity to pitch their books in person at a From Pitch to Publication session.

From the publisher:

Last year we had our first From Pitch to Publication session and it was a huge success, with five out of the 20 submissions selected for publication. The first book published from last year’s crop is Mr Bitcoin: How I Became a Millionaire at 21 by Mpho DagadaVagabond: Wandering Through Africa on Faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe, another successful pitch, will be published in September 2018.

The Pitching Session

Like many publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts, we receive a large number of submissions every week. This means hours spent wading through many emails as we try to give every author feedback on their work. Writers often try to arrange meetings with publishers, convinced that meeting the publisher in person will persuade them to publish the book, but with only so many hours in a day this isn’t always feasible.

We are offering you the chance to participate in a 15- to 20-minute session where you’ll be able to pitch your book to a panel comprising of three publishers and a high-powered bookseller. External panelists so far include Michelle Magwood from the Sunday Times and Sharon Naidoo from Exclusive Books. This is your chance to impress and persuade us in person to consider your work for publication. We realise this isn’t an approach that will work for all authors, but if you would like to be one of the 20 candidates who will present at the Live Pitching Session on 28 August 2018, we encourage you to submit an entry on our website.

You will need to tell us why we would be interested in hearing your pitch. Take a look at the following websites for some ideas:


Accompanying your manuscript should be one page outlining:

  • How you are going to help us sell your book,
  • What target market you can reach with your book,
  • How your book fits into the Jacana brand.


We will consider pitches in the following genres:

  • Lifestyle
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Politics/Current Affairs/History
  • Memoir/Biography/Autobiography
  • Natural History/Travel
  • Cookery/Baking
  • Business
  • Self-help


Click here to submit your entry.

Submissions are open from 1–25 July 2018.

Queries can be emailed to: submissions@jacana.co.za

Please note that we will only be giving feedback on submissions that interest us. If you have not heard from us by 3 August 2018, please consider your submission unsuccessful.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction South Africa

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