We ask authors to submit a synopsis and three sample chapters via our submission form (see below). After a screening process, selected authors will be asked to submit their full manuscript by email. Those that Coombs Moylett Maclean believe to show promise will be offered representation.

Please note that due to the large volume of work received for consideration, we are unable to respond to individual queries. If you have not heard from one of our agents after three months, you should assume we will not be taking the project forward.

We do not handle poetry, plays or scripts for film and TV. Please note that we cannot accept submissions by post.


We are one of a few literary agencies which accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you would like to submit material, please read these guidelines.

FIRST STAGE In the first instance, we request authors to submit via our submission form, a covering letter, a synopsis and the first three chapters.

Covering letter Your covering letter should tell us a bit about you and your career to date, and whether or not you have sent your novel to other agents or publishers.

The synopsis The synopsis should be no longer than two pages in length, and be a simplified explanation of the plot, mentioning the setting, the theme and the characters.

The first three chapters Please make sure your manuscript is set out as described below, with your name, address, contact number and email address on the first page.

SECOND STAGE After an initial reading, selected authors will be asked to submit their full manuscript by email. Please make sure that your manuscript is: double or 1.5 line-spaced, has wide margins, is in a type size no smaller than 12-point (preferably in Times New Roman font) and is fully numbered, page by page.