Pen and Sword Books: Contact Us

Contact Us
Order Hotline: 01226 734222

Postal Address
47 Church Street
South Yorkshire

Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
General Enquiries
Tel: 01226 734222
Fax: 01226 734438
E-mail Addresses
Marketing &
Book Proposals (non-fiction) to Lisa
Book Proposals (fiction) to Laura
Please allow 48 hours for email responses. If your enquiry is urgent, please contact us by telephone.
Write for us - Submit a Proposal

Pen and Sword authors come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are freelance writers, university lecturers, journalists, local historians, novelists, and people from many other walks of life with a passion for history. You donít need to have already published a book to be considered, but if you have previous professional writing experience do tell us about it.

The authors of successful proposals tend to display the following traits:

  • A good depth of knowledge, and a passion for exploring, their chosen subject area.
  • A clear, accessible writing style.
  • An understanding of the market their book would be going into and knowledge of existing titles in the area.
  • A willingness to market that their book using blogging, social media, as well as more traditional media.

We’ll review every proposal that we receive, although due to the high volume of submissions we cannot always reply to unsuccessful proposals and we are not able to provide critiques of manuscripts.

If we decide to take your proposal further we will get in touch within two weeks. The commissioning editor will discuss your idea with you, and look more closely at your synopsis and chapter plan. Youíll also need to fill in a questionnaire, which forms the basis of the proposal.

If you are wishing to submit a proposal we require a synopsis (a general idea of the overall content along with any ideas you have for the book) plus 2-3 sample chapters in hard, paper copy sent to our postal address above.

Please mark all non-fiction submissions for the attention of Lisa Hooson and fiction submissions for the attention of Laura Hirst.

If you are thinking of writing a book on social history, please email an outline of your idea (between 300 and 500 words) along with any sample chapters to

(Please avoid sending non-social history submissions via e-mail if possible.)

Permissions Requests
Written permisson is required for use of any material published by Pen & Sword and any of its imprints.
We are not able to grant verbal permissions.
Click here to download a Permissions Form in PDF format
(for FAQ’s regarding permissions, please download the PDF above)

Please ensure that your permission request states what material you wish to use and what it is to be used for and please also provide us with an estimate of the number of words per title which you wish to use.

All requests must be made in writing and sent by either post or e-mail to:-
Lori Jones
Editorial Office,
Pen & Sword Books Ltd,
47 Church Street,
South Yorkshire, S70 2AS
Alternatively you can fill in the form below, making sure to complete all required fields.
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