The Shaw Agency

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 

Toni Morrison


becoming a client

We are open to authors’ submissions and always on the look out for talented writers of fiction and non-fiction for children (6+) and adults. Ideally this is a lifelong professional relationship so it’s vital we feel passion for a writer’s work and mutual respect for each other. We prefer to meet clients before signing.

But first we want to read some of your work so do read on for how best to submit to us.

“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” 

Anne Tyler



When you’ve completed and edited your manuscript, please send by post to The Shaw Agency, 8 Goodrich Road, London SE22 9EH the following material:

  • a cover letter with a 1-3 line summary of the work and relevant info about yourself

  • the first 10 pages of your work

  • a 1-page synopsis of your work

  • an email address so we can respond

Please avoid using signed for delivery services (they may end up at a sorting office).


We don’t acknowledge receipt but we aim to respond by email within 8 weeks.

If we like the opening, we’ll ask to see the rest of the work via email. We don’t charge a reading fee. We recycle all material after we’ve read it. 

Do read our tips below.


“You write in order to change the world…if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you change it.”

James Baldwin



Please Do

  • Tell us if you’ve won any writing prizes or been mentored on creative writing courses by leading authors.

  • Say if you’ve been given our name by one of our clients or contacts.

  • Feel free to submit simultaneously to other agents.

  • Email us after submitting if another agent has asked to meet you or offered you representation.

Please Don’t

  • Include more material than we ask for.

  • Send material about more than one book at once (unless it’s a proposed series).

  • Query or chase us.

  • Send hard copies of self-published books or material you wish to be returned.

Read Kate’s advice on getting published here.