• Read Joanna Trollope's BALANCING ACT, out now in harback and on kindle
  • Tom Wainwright's THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT tours the UK
  • Read Louise Levene's THE FOLLOWING GIRLS, out now in hardback
  • See Les Dennis starring in THE PERFECT MURDER, on tour
  • Buy Julian Barnes' exquisite LEVELS OF LIFE, out now in paperback
  • Buy THURSDAY'S CHILDREN by Nicci French, out now in hardback
  • Tim Mascall designs lighting for JULIE MADLY DEEPLY
  • See Deborah McAndrew's AN AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY LARK
  • Gregory Clarke designs sound for TWO INTO ONE at the Menier
  • Anya Reiss' new adaptation of SPRING AWAKENING tours with Headlong
  • Polly Sullivan designs THE NINE O'CLOCK SLOT for Ice & Fire
  • Tim Mascall designs lighting for THE NOTORIOUS MRS EBBSMITH
  • Buy Felicity Cloake's mouth-watering PERFECT TOO, out now
  • Douglas Dunn has won Queen Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
  • Read Robert Lautner's ROAD TO RECKONING out now in hardback and kindle
  • See Sue Kelvin as Madam Morrible in WICKED West End
  • Tim Mascall designs lighting for THE ONLY WAY IS DOWNTON
  • Tim Mascall designs lighting for RUBY WAX: SANE NEW WORLD (touring)
  • Gregory Clarke designs sound for A STEADY RAIN at the Ustinov Studio
  • Abbey Smith directs THE NOTORIOUS MRS EBBMITH at Jermyn Street Theatre
  • Lisa Spirling directs THE NINE O'CLOCK SLOT for Ice & Fire


Finding new clients is an important part of what we do. However, because we receive over 200 submissions per week across all areas, we only respond to those that are of interest, and we cannot respond to (or return) any unsolicited script or book submissions sent by post. Please follow the guidelines for the relevant department below.

Actors and Presenters

We now only accept submissions BY EMAIL. Please email your CV and headshot to submissions@unitedagents.co.uk and expect a reply within 4-6 weeks. Any physical submissions received after October 31st will not receive a response. 


As an agency, we value and welcome approaches from prospective authors. Instead of writing generally to the Book Department, however, we request that you take a look at our literary agents’ pages on our website, and make a specific and informed approach to one agent only.

Each agent may have specific requests in terms of how they wish to receive material, and those instructions will be on their individual pages.  Generally, we ask you to email a full outline for non-fiction projects, or a synopsis of your novel and the first three chapters, together with covering note telling us about yourself and your writing career to date.

Please note that our email account booksassistant@unitedagents.co.uk is no longer handling submissions.

Children’s and Young Adults' Books
We are happy to review material and will endeavor to respond within 8-10 weeks. In all cases we prefer correspondence by e-mail to jmarsh@unitedagents.co.uk.

  • Picture Books: Please e-mail at least three stories – not in a series – as separate Word documents and a covering e-mail.
  • Illustrators: Please e-mail a selection of JPEGs with a covering e-mail. If you also write stories, please send those along too.
  • Fiction: Please e-mail the first three chapters and a synopsis as Word docs with a covering e-mail.

Please note that there is an 8mb limit on our inbox, so you may have to resave your submissions accordingly before sending.

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting submissions by post and any work sent to us in this way will be recycled without a response.


Film and Television Writers
We do not accept unsolicited material. Any unsolicited pitches, outlines and screenplays will be deleted without being read. If you are referred to one of the agents here by a producer, development executive or course tutor, you should email the agent directly, attaching a CV and giving details of who has referred you.

Please email one example of your work, accompanied by a covering letter and CV, to looking@unitedagents.co.uk. The work should be a play or an original radio play. We are unable to consider synopses or incomplete scripts.

Please send a CV and covering letter to looking@unitedagents.co.uk. We will request copies of your work should your application be of interest.

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