Australian publishers accepting manuscript submissions

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.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Dion Mayne

    Thank you for this information, have recently finished my manuscript and this blog certainly helps with the next step of submission. Have found so many people saying e-book is the way to go but I would like to try seeking representation first before trying to self-publish.
    Thank you again for your kind guidance

    1. Virginia Lloyd

      You’re welcome, Dion. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~V

  2. Thank you very much for sharing the information. As you state, it’s like trying to catch a piece of corn in space, or words to that effect. I’ve been trying the digital submission process for years. I don’t think its ever been looked at. Ill try again. (and before that in paper. Sometimes, you’d even get a reply!)
    I found a post from October ’18 on 9 agents open to submissions, then when I researched them all, none were open.
    I really think, as you’ve also mentioned, that you need to know someone in the biz, just to get a proper look in. It’s a very depressing state of affairs. To many writers, too few opportunities. Whenever I read of someone who’s been published, almost always they’ve got a foot in, in some form. There’s the odd ‘fluke’ story that grabs the headlines and makes for good copy, and keeps that carrot dangling.
    Am I sounding too cynical? Thirteen years of closed doors will do that to you. (And I’ve had enough stories and poetry published to know the writing is good. Convincing others of that, is a different story.
    Story haha

    1. Virginia Lloyd

      Dear Anthony,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences. You are quite right that any personal connection will help a writer get attention for their work ahead of someone who has no such connections. But whether we like it or not, this is true for people trying to get noticed in most industries. Unfortunately publishing is a business built on the meeting points of personal taste and marketability. And there are always more writers with manuscripts than there are opportunities to get in front of readers. (This is why agents can simply close their doors to submissions for months at a time. They are not doing it out of spite.) I hope that in the meantime you have pursued self-publishing to a growing audience that you communicate with regularly through an email list, so you can let them know each time you have a new book.

  3. John Cooper

    Thank you for the information, Virginia. As a debut writer who has self-published twice but still strives to hook an agent or publisher,
    I agree it’s very difficult. But then now and again one reads where what many agents have overlooked: your copy resonates with one sometimes unexpectedly. The Bridges of Maddison County: one case. I’ve had fifty rejections from my latest manuscript. The quality of the rejection letters is far warmer and no longer form type. My own experience is to not despair and never surrender. Few of us have the benefit of (Insider trading) But having worked for 20 years as a real estate principal purely on commission basis I understand how the system works and as aspiring authors, we need to use the same tactics as some of the rather offputting submission guidelines as SOME agencies. Just don’t despair keep re-editing and submitting.

    1. Virginia Lloyd

      Hi John
      Thanks so much for this constructive and astute comment. I try to help authors improve the quality of their work before submitting to agents and publishers, because the fact is that too many writers believe their work to be submission-ready when it’s not there yet. As human beings we are impatient, but the publishing world really can wait for another debut novel, especially if it’s undercooked.
      I love that you see the business reality of the publishing industry — and that you don’t give up. All the best to you on your writing journey ~ Virginia

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