Canongate is an independent publisher: since 1973 we’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices we can find, wherever they come from, and we’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing…
Along the way there have been landmarks of fiction – including Alasdair Gray’s masterpiece Lanark, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the best-ever-selling Booker winner – and non-fiction too. We’ve published an American president and a Guantanamo detainee; we’ve campaigned for causes we believe in and fought court cases to get our authors heard. And twice we’ve won Publisher of the Year.
We’re still independent, and we’re as committed to unorthodox and innovative publishing as ever.
Publications (yearly average): 45 originals
Types of books published: Fiction, General Non-fiction, Children’s, Poetry
Submission details: We don’t accept unsolicited submissions. (Sorry.) We work with lots of brilliant literary agents who do invaluable work, and we like hearing about new writers from them. So if you are interested in being published by us, we’d recommend finding yourself an agent first. There are some tips on how you can do this on our website.
Canongate Books highlights
Life of Pi
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
Reasons to Stay Alive
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
The Book of Strange New Things
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Lanark by Alasdair Gray