Claire Hennessy

Claire Hennessy

Penguin Random House Ireland

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m especially interested in MG and YA.

Looking for ‘a good book’ but beyond that, some things I love in fiction: boarding schools, summer camps, space ships, humour, mental health issues, alternate history, fairytale retellings, friendship, dark twistiness, moments that make you cry.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

We strongly encourage submissions via email, to:
If you wish to submit electronically, please send a Word document consisting of a cover letter, short synopsis (no more than 500 words) and the work itself. The cover letter should include a brief summary of your book (a couple of sentences – not a synopsis) and a short note on yourself. Please do not send separate documents: all three elements should be included in a single document.

In the subject line of your email please include:

• your name

• the title of your work

• whether it is fiction or non-fiction

• the initials of the editor you would like to look at your material if you have a preference (check out details of who our editors are and what they publish on the Contact Us page).
So your subject line might read like this: Stephen Green – The Chimneys (F) – BB.
In the body of your email please duplicate the information you have provided in your cover letter. (We ask you to provide this information twice for administrative reasons.)
When you send through your submission, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt.
Hard copy submission:
If you do not wish to submit via email, we also accept paper submissions of between 20 and 40 pages. Please also include a synopsis and a cover letter that includes your contact details (particularly an email address as this is our preferred way to contact you), and post to: SUBMISSIONS at PENGUIN IRELAND, 25 ST. STEPHEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN 2.
We cannot consider hand-written submissions. There is no need to have the manuscript bound or to present it in any special way. Please do not send us the only copy of your manuscript. While we take scrupulous care of the material we receive, it is not possible for us to confirm receipt of hard copy material and we do not accept responsibility for it.
Please note that for administrative reasons we do not return hard copy material, even if you include an SASE or postage.
Response time:
An editor will read your submission as soon as possible. Please allow at least three months for a response; because of the volume of submissions we receive, it is impossible for us to estimate precisely how long a response might take. We are not in a position to give you information about the progress of your submission by phone or email. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give editorial feedback at submission stage.
We are very keen to consider your work, and we thank you for adhering to our submission requirements, which are intended to help us consider it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

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