Australian publishers accepting manuscript submissions


The vast majority of writers submitting an unsolicited manuscript to a publisher are wasting their time, as I explain here. But someone’s got to win the lottery, right? If you like to gamble, here’s a list of Australian publishers open to unsolicited manuscript submissions. Good luck – you’ll need it.

(Yes, these are not alphabetised, but I don’t have time to futz about with the new WordPress blocks today. I’ll add to this list over time.)

Pan Macmillan Australia

Manuscript Monday. First Monday of every month, from 10am – 4pm Eastern Daylight Time. First 100 pages (or first 50 for a children’s book) plus synopsis of no more than 300 words.

Reading time: three months

Allen & Unwin Australia

Friday Pitch. First chapter only, plus a synopsis of maximum 300 words.

Reading time: two weeks

Penguin Random House Australia

Monthly Catch. First week of each month. Submit 50-100 pages of your work for adults, plus a ‘summary’ of no more than 200 words.

Reading time: four months

Note their separate process for children’s manuscript submissions.

Text Publishing Australia

Require your first three chapters in hard copy (no emailed submissions) and a one-page synopsis.

Reading time: three months


Scribe’s manuscript policy states they have two windows each year for submissions: 1 Jan – 31 March, and 1 July – 30 September. Submit your work via the publisher’s Submittable portal.

Reading time: six months


Their submissions 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.

Reading time: three to six months

Affirm Press

Their submissions page asks for a synopsis and first three chapters, via email.

Reading time: minimum twelve weeks

Hachette Australia

Accepts full-length manuscripts by the looks of their submission page.

Reading time: four weeks


Accepting Young Adult (YA) manuscripts only, for their Bloomsbury Spark imprint. See here for details.

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