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Tel:+44 (0)131 668 4371
Fax: +44 (0)131 668 4466

Birlinn Ltd.
West Newington House
10 Newington Road
Edinburgh EH9 1QS


All order enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Booksource:

50 Cambuslang Road
G32 8NB
Tel: 0845 370 0067
International: +44 (0)141 642 9192
If you have a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that you strongly believe would suit our list, please post a synopsis and three sample chapters, or half a dozen poems, with some biographical information about yourself (including contact details), a stamped addressed envelope (should you wish the material returned) and a brief explanation of why you have chosen to submit your work to Birlinn to: 
Submissions (Fiction), Submissions (Non-Fiction), OR Submissions (Poetry)
Birlinn Ltd
West Newington House
10 Newington Road
Please note:
•We are not currently accepting submissions of romantic fiction, science fiction or short stories.
•We do not accept submissions by fax, email or on disk.
•Due to the extremely high volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to all submissions, though each one is considered by our editorial department.
•If you have not heard from us within twelve weeks then your submission has not been successful.
•Always keep a copy for yourself as we are unable to return submissions without a SAE.
All material submitted to Birlinn is treated as confidential.
Please note that due to the large number of submissions we receive, it may take us up to three months to reply to you.


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Casemate (USA) - Military and Adventure titles only
Bill Bailey Publisher Reps (Europe)
Ted Dougherty (Europe)


If you have a query on royalties, please send your email to


For permissions regarding works by Alexander McCall Smith, please contact Alice Williams at David Higham Associates

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