LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 2021
If you’re ready to approach an Australian publisher directly with your unsolicited manuscript, here’s an alphabetised list of Australian publishers currently accepting submissions of unsolicited manuscripts.
If you’ve looked around my website, you might have seen my post warning Australian authors about submitting unsolicited manuscripts. Despite the occasional success story (usually in a genre such as rural lit or romance fiction), the vast majority of writers submitting unsolicited manuscripts to an Australian publisher are wasting their time.
But I understand your frustration. When the gatekeepers close their doors, when you don’t get any feedback from those you’ve approached, what else are you to do?
- Consider that you might need constructive professional feedback on what you’ve been sending to your ideal agent or publisher. I’ve developed these agent submission packages for you.
- If you’re feeling lucky, then the list below is for you. Someone’s got to win the lottery, right?
Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome at the following Australian publishing houses
Affirm Press submissions
When: Only email submissions accepted and only on the first Monday of each month here. Children’s submissions are also only accepted on the first Monday of each month and should be emailed here. Your submission will be read within six months.
What: Their submissions page asks for a short synopsis, and for non-fiction, a short chapter by chapter outline. The first three chapters, an author bio, and any past publishing credits. They will look at all genres, fiction, and non-fiction. For non-fiction, they will consider most subjects that have a market and “leave the world, even a teeny bit better off for having existed.” For fiction, they are looking for literary and genre fiction. If you have a non-narrative book idea they require a pitch as well as some sample material.
For children’s books, they accept manuscripts for young readers of all ages. They would like to see full picture-book manuscripts or the first three chapters of Junior Fiction, Middle Grade, and YA novels.
Note: They will only communicate via email, no phone calls. All manuscript submissions must be attachments in either Word or PDF format and the file must be under 10MB in size. For children’s books, they are particularly interested in finding new genre YA and Middle-Grade books to publish.
Allen & Unwin Australia submissions
When: Online submissions, referred to as Friday Pitch, are accepted anytime here. Your submission will be read within two weeks.
What: First chapter only, plus a synopsis of maximum 300 words.
Note: Do not send hard copy submissions of your work, it will not be returned. Genres accepted are, Adult Fiction, Non-fiction and Illustrated submission, Children’s and Young Adult submission, New Zealand Submissions, The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award and, The Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize. Review your specific genre’s submission requirements.
Australian Scholarly Publishing
When: Email submissions accepted anytime here.
What: For submissions, email a synopsis and sample chapters, or post mail your entire manuscript to:
7 Lt Lothian St North
North Melbourne Victoria 3051
Note: Direct emails or mailed manuscripts to Nick Walker when making your submission. Be sure to include your telephone number or email address and a stamped self-addressed envelope.
When: Currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts or Young Adult unsolicited manuscripts. For Education, Music, and Special Interest (Natural History, Nautical, Sport, and Visual Arts) submissions, please follow this link.
Black Inc submissions
What: Your email should include a subject line with the title of your book if it’s fiction or non-fiction, the genre (ie: The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Fiction/Literary). In your email, include a one-page synopsis. For fiction submissions, they would like the full manuscript. For non-fiction submissions, you may send all or part of the manuscript. Also, include a list of any previous publications of yours as well as relevant information about you.
Note: They only accept manuscript submissions from Australian writers. They accept general and commercial non-fiction – including history, current affairs, sports, and biography – and for literary and commercial fiction. They also accept proposals from corporate organizations for custom publishing projects. They are currently not accepting submissions for these genres: fantasy, science-fiction, travelogues, crime/mystery, erotica, poetry, or picture books.
Ford Street Publishing submissions
When: Submissions are accepted by mail anytime. Your submission will be read within three months.
Manuscripts should be addressed to:
Abigail Cini or Stella Black, Editorial
Ford Street Publishing
162 Hoddle Street
Abbotsford, VIC 3067
What: They only read printed manuscripts. Emailed submissions will not be read. They prefer the entire manuscript and do not require outlines. YA novels should be around 50,000+ words, graphic novels are the only exception. They are looking for contemporary or humorous YA manuscripts.
Note: Accept children’s through to YA only. Submission must include an email address. Ensure you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and an email address if you would like either a response or your manuscript returned. If you already have an agent, have your agent contact them on your behalf.
Fremantle Press submissions
When: Electronic submissions are accepted anytime online here. Your submission will be read within ten weeks.
What: They accept electronic submission ONLY for non-fiction, fiction, and narrative non-fiction, poetry, and books for children and young adults. They also accept portfolio submissions from photographers and illustrators.
Note: Manuscripts are accepted from authors of Western Australian origin or who live in Western Australia. They will consider accepting work from non–Western Australian authors if the subject matter has a strong Western Australian focus, for all genres they publish.
Giramondo Publishing submissions
When: Electronic submissions are accepted anytime online here.
What: Fiction and non-fiction submissions need to include a brief synopsis of the work, the author’s CV, and three sample chapters (does not need to be consecutive or opening chapters). Poetry submissions need to include a brief description of the work, author’s CV, along with the proposed manuscript.
Note: Familiarize yourself with the books they publish before you submit because they do have a field on the submission form that requires you demonstrate knowledge of their list.
Hardie Grant Publishing- Currently Not Accepting Submissions
When: Manuscript Submissions are currently not being accepted.
Hachette Australia submissions
When: Accepting online submissions anytime for fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books from Australia or New Zealand residents only. Your submission will be read within six weeks of submission.
What: For Children’s or Young adult submissions email them here. For adult fiction or narrative nonfiction, submissions email them here. Include your title and the genre in the subject line of the email. A cover letter, short summary, intended audience age range, comparable authors or titles, brief author bio, is your work on submission with agents or other publishers, short synopsis (approx. 300 words), total word count, completed manuscript as a Word document (or a low-res PDF of illustrated works).
For fiction submissions, a completed manuscript is required. Partials will not be considered. For non-fiction submissions, supply a detailed chapter outline and the first 3000 words (minimum) of the proposed work.
Note: Email attachments must be in word doc and can not exceed 15MB. They are not accepting science fiction/fantasy, horror, illustrated books, cookbooks, poetry, screenplays or academic works. Do not send hardcopy manuscript submissions.
Magabala Books submissions
PO Box 668
What: Cover letter, short summary, brief CV. For adult non-fiction, include contents page, brief synopsis, or chapter summary. They do accept children’s books submissions without illustrations. Do not submit original photographs or artwork, copies only. Your submission will be read within six months.
Note: They only publish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, storytellers and illustrators, however collaborations with non-indegenous people are considered if the work is at least 50% indegenous from the start of the project.
Monash University Publishing submissions
What: Describe the overall nature of your submission in one hundred words or less.
Note: “Monash University Publishing publishes books of the highest standard across the humanities and social sciences, with special interest in books that specialises in Asian Studies, Politics, Education, Communications, Australian history, Indigenous issues, culture and society.”
Pan Macmillan Australia submissions
When: Submission accepted anytime online here. Your submission will be read within three months.
What: First 50 pages OR Non-fiction proposal. Online submission requires a 300-word biography, your genre, 1-3 books or authors with a similar style, tone or genre to your manuscript, and a 300-word synopsis.
Note: They do not publish poetry, plays or textbooks generally, but they will accept any genre of manuscript. They are specifically looking for Fiction: Contemporary drama, sagas, psychological suspense, crime and thrillers, historical, literary. Non-fiction: Narrative non-fiction, contemporary issues, memoir, history, true crime, lifestyle and health, mind body spirit. Children’s books & young adult fiction and Junior and middle grade fiction, young adult/crossover fiction.
Pantera Press submissions
What: Fiction and non-fiction from Australian and New Zealand writers. Submission requires your book title, word count, genre, comparable authors/titles within the last 5 years, your long-term writing plans, Synopsis, personal bio, (both with a maximum of two A4 pages, double-spaced, in PDF format), and manuscript, also in A4, double-spaced, with at least 2.5cm margins, in PDF format. Please include page number, manuscript title, and your full name at the top of each page.)
Note: Does not accept hard copy submissions. They are not not accepting any of the following: picture/illustrated books, cookbooks, self-help books, health and well-being books, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories, compilations, chapter books or children’s books (for ages 12 and under).
Penguin Random House Australia submissions
What: 50 to 100 pages of your manuscript, double spaced, as a Word document or a PDF, max size 3Mb. Do not send the entire manuscript. Only accept submission from ANZ territories.
Note: There is a separate process for children’s manuscript submissions. They do not accept plays/scripts, individual short stories, science fiction/fantasy, poetry or educational textbooks.
Must include a subject line with the title of your work, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, and the genre. Submissions should include word count, brief 200 word summary, 2-3 sentence author bio, any previous work or awards you have earned, comparison to similar titles or authors, if you have submitted your work to other publishers, and indicate previously submitted proposals to Penguin Random House with details.
Puncher & Wattmann submissions
When: Submissions are accepted only between November 15- January 30th by email. For Fiction and memoir submissions, email them here. For poetry submissions, email them here. Your submission will be read within six months.
What: Include a synopsis, manuscript and short biography with your query.
Note: If you have not heard back from them within six months of your submission, they do suggest that you follow up with them by email.
When: Online manuscript submissions are accepted by email only here from April 1, 2021 through April 21, 2021 and again from September 1, 2021 through September 21, 2021. They are only accepting pitches and short writing samples in the body of the email. Your submission will be read within 4 weeks of the closing date of the submission window.
What: Fiction or non-fiction only. Your email to them should include the subject line with the title of your manuscript and your name. Within the body of the email (do not send attachments) include a 500-word synopsis of your manuscript, a manuscript excerpt of up to 1500 words, a brief CV listing of your previous publication history/awards/commendations.
Note: Submissions must follow Scribe’s manuscript policy or they will not be considered. They are not accepting poetry, plays, young adult fiction, individual short stories, or children’s picture books at this time.
Text Publishing Australia submissions
When: Online submissions in pdf or word doc are accepted anytime here. Your manuscript submission will be read in approximately three months.
What: Fiction and non-fiction, including middle grade and young adult. Junior-fiction and middle-grade manuscripts require 10,000 – 80,000 words. Adult and young-adult manuscripts require 40,000 – 120,000 words. No word count requirements for graphic novels.
Note: Submissions from citizens or residents of Australia and/or New Zealand. They are not considering poetry, play scripts, screenplays, picture books, individual short stories, technical manuals, cookbooks, how-to guides, travel guides or educational textbooks.
Transit Lounge Publishing- Currently not accepting new manuscript submissions.
What: They are mostly interested in submissions of travel literature, memoir and literary fiction. Submissions must be sent by email as a PDF or word attachment. Include information about yourself as well as a brief synopsis of the submitted work.
Upswell Publishing submissions
When: A monthly pitch session, starting in January 2022, on the third Friday of each month between 9 am and 12 noon in your time zone.
What: You are invited to send the following: 1. a page (A4 limit) describing your manuscript and why it fits into the rationale for Upswell Publishing. I am building a fiction, poetry and narrative non-fiction list . Your work must fit my list and that is easily understood by looking at this website and all of its writings and declarations, as well as the descriptions of Upswell books. (I am not interested in genre fiction or commercial novels.) Make this page dynamic and a direct communication with me to persuade and excite my interest. 2. Tell me a bit about you and what you have written and published until now. (maximum 1 A4 page) 3. Send me a sample of 15 pages from the manuscript you are pitching. Your best pages–perhaps the start; perhaps the end, or something in the middle.
Note: I’ll read everything that comes in on that day and respond by the end of said day with a simple, and polite, NO or YES. Friday 21 January 2022 is the first Upswell Pitch day. Pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Submissions for non-fiction and literary fiction are accepted only by email during the first week of every month by email here and must include the submission form here. Your submission will be read within four months.
What: Download and complete the submission form, email subject line should be as follows: state whether your work is fiction or non-fiction and include the title of your work “(e.g. Fiction: Too Much Lip)”, and attach your complete manuscript as a Word document or PDF, 1.5 line spaced and paginated. For Non-Fiction they also require a chapter breakdown. Your entire attachment can not exceed 10MB.
Note: Currently not accepting submission for poetry, children’s and YA. Their submission page is quite detailed in what they will and will not consider. It’s worth checking back once every six months to see if that changes. They do not publish genre fiction (including romance, science fiction, fantasy, and erotica), travel guides, cookbooks, self-help books, plays/scripts/music scores, textbooks, unrevised theses or conference proceedings.
Vagabond Press submissions
What: Fiction and non-fiction submissions should be in a single PDF format and include a short synopsis (300 words), author’s CV/bio including previous publications (if any), contact details, three sample chapters. Poetry submissions should include a brief description of the work (300 words), author’s CV/bio including previous publications.
Note: They are interested in submissions that are collections of essays on contemporary life, society, politics, well being, community, art and culture from across Asia Pacific, as well as short fiction and novellas. They ask that you do not submit your manuscript to them if it is already being considered by another publisher.
Wakefield Press- Currently not accepting new manuscript submissions.
When: Unsolicited submissions are currently closed.
Wilkinson Publishing submissions
What: First 3 chapters of your manuscript, a 1-page cover letter including the following information: A short bio including any relevant experience, previous publications or existing audience, book title, genre and synopsis, a one-line elevator pitch, and who your target audience is.
Note: They accept submissions from authors and agents internationally. They are currently accepting submissions for non-fiction and fiction, including children’s content, in the following categories: Art / Biography & Memoir / Business / Children’s / Health & Fitness / History / Humour / Fiction / Personal Development / Philosophy & Religion / Poetry / Politics & Opinion / Sport / Society & Culture / True Crime