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Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Submissions are open from July 1 to 26, 2019.

Jacana Media is once again offering authors a once-a-year opportunity to pitch their books in person.

Last year was the second annual Pitch to Publication session and it was a huge success.

Like many publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts, the organisation receives a large number of submissions every week. This means hours spent wading through many emails as they 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.

Jacana is offering the chance to participate in a 15–20-minute session where writers will be able to pitch their book to a panel comprising three publishers and a high-powered bookseller. External panelists so far include Sharon Naidoo from Exclusive Books. This is your chance to impress and persuade Jacana 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 August 28, 2019, we encourage you to submit an entry on our website,” says a Jacana representative.

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:
-The Art of Pitching
-What is a pitch session?

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:
-Politics/Current Affairs/History
-Natural History/Travel

Submissions are open from July 1 to 26, 2019 – visit

Queries can be emailed to:

NB: Jacana will only be giving feedback on submissions that interest them. If you have not heard from them by August 5 2019, consider your submission unsuccessful.