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Cranachan Publishing

Based on the Isle of Lewis, Cranachan publish children’s & teen fiction with a Scottish flavour. Their Pokey Hat imprint for 8–12s, includes Scottish-set titles, with a focus on historical fiction, while their YA imprint Gob Stopper features fantasy, contemporary, and historical fiction. Several titles are written in Scots to represent authentic voices. Cranachan was highly commended in the British Book Awards Small Press of the Year 2021. #BeMoreRaspberry

Established: 2016

Publications (yearly average): 4

Types of books published: children’s fiction 8-12; children’s historical fiction; young adult fiction, education (professional development and classroom resources) location, Isle of Lewis

Submission details: Please check the guidelines on our website in the first instance. Email a covering letter, synopsis, and a MS Word document with the first three chapters of your completed, clean manuscript. Submissions should be emailed to (We do not accept submissions by post.)


Acair are based in Stornoway in the Hebrides. We publish a wide range of Gaelic, English and bilingual books and are the principal publisher of Gaelic texts for children in Scotland.

With many hundreds of titles to our credit, we have strong links with international publishers, joining them in children’s co-editions. We work closely with children’s Gaelic authors and translators to also produce original Gaelic texts for children and with the National Gaelic Curriculum Service to produce material suitable for use in Gaelic medium education.

Our general interest Gaelic publications list includes renowned Gaelic poets such as Sorley MacLean, Donald MacAulay, Derick Thomson, Angus Peter Campbell and Christopher Whyte, often accompanied by parallel English translations, as well as photographic journals of island historical contexts both past and present.

We also have a growing list of English general interest titles ranging from Donald S. Murray’s poetry collection Weaving Songs to Professor Donald Macleod’s best-selling The Living Past.

Acair books have won literature prizes over the years as well as accolades for design and presentation. In 2012, Acair was awarded Gaelic Business of the Year. In 2018, the company was formally established as a Scottish registered charity.

Established: 1977

Publications (yearly average): 25 per year

Types of books published: Children’s books of all kinds in Gaelic, social history in Gaelic and English, poetry, plays, music, photographic, biography, environmental issues, Gaelic language studies.

Submission details: Submissions welcome but unsolicited manuscripts received by Acair will not be returned unless accompanied by a pre-paid self-addressed envelope.