Australian publishers who accept online submissions
Posted by Amos M. Carpenter
I’ve been reading a fair bit lately – both offline and online, a book, other people’s blogs, agents’ and publishers’ websites, etc. – and found that more publishers here in Australia accept unsolicited online submissions than I would’ve expected. I thought I’d list some of the barebones facts here for anyone interested (NB: always check the publisher’s website for detailed instructions by clicking on the name before submitting anything). If you have a similar list for the UK or US, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the post to link to your site.
|Allen & Unwin: The Friday Pitch||On any Friday||No poetry, picture books, straight romance, short stories, or scripts
See their website for more details and a link to their “What we publish” page. There are separate instructions for academic submissions and for children’s/YA books.
|Email with title information sheet (see website), first chapter and 300-word synopsis attached in Word format (PDF for illustrated work)|
|Austin Macauley||Anytime||Almost anything (as far as I could tell)||Email cover letter, 400-500-word synopsis, three consecutive chapters|
|HarperCollins: The Wednesday Post||Every Wednesday||No plays, poetry, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children’s books and educational texts||Webform: synopsis, upload first 50 pages or three chapters, short note about yourself|
|Pan Macmillan: Manuscript Monday||First Monday of every month
Note: Submission only open between 10am and 4pm AEST
|Commercial fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction, children’s/YA, commercial non-fiction; no scripts, plays, poetry, or romance||Webform: form fields, upload first 100 pages, upload 300-word synopsis|
|PanteraPress||Anytime||No picture or illustrated books, children’s, cooking, self-help, health/well-being, travel, poetry, plays/scripts, short stories, compilations, novellas, or chapter books||Email details, attach up to two-page synopsis, full manuscript, and up to two-page bio, all as PDFs|
|Penguin Books: The Monthly Catch
Note: Penguin and Random House are the same company but have separate publishing divisions and therefore separate submission processes. Random House only accepts snail mail submissions.
|1st to 7th of every month||No poetry, educational textbooks or plays/scripts; separate instructions for children/YA||Details in email body, with 300-word synopsis and full manuscript attached separately in Word format (up to 3MB total)|
As of yet, I’m undecided whether it would be a good idea for me to approach publishers directly (i.e. without securing an agent first) or not. Agents can’t pitch your work to a publisher who’s already said “No” to you. On the other hand, if your work is good enough….
Did I forget anything, or get any details wrong? Know of another publisher I should list here? Let me know in the comments.
About Amos M. CarpenterWeb dev by day, author by night, and generally interested in (and opinionated about) way too many things.
Posted on 8 March, 2014, in Opportunities, Publishers, Writing and tagged aspiring author, aspiring authors, Australian publishers, publishers, submissions, submitting online, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.