List of Aussie publishers

It’s been a while since I updated my list of Aussie publishers. So with the end of the year and everyone’s 2021 writing resolutions in sight, here are some of the trade publishers currently or soon to open to unsolicited manuscripts.

For other options, you can also check out the Australian Publishers’ Association industry directory and the Small Press Association member list.

Affirm PressAustralian literary and genre fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Don’t accept unsolicited short stories, poetry and/or novellas. Accept email submissions on the first Monday of each month only (details on submissions page).
Aboriginal Studies Press (AIATSIS)Scholarly and general works, children’s books, biographies, research papers and monographs about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Allen & UnwinLiterary and commercial fiction, non-fiction and illustrated submissions for adults and young adults. Not currently interested in assessing poetry, category romance, adult fantasy, science fiction, short stories or scripts. Accept website submissions on Fridays only (details on submissions page).
Australian Scholarly PublishingAcademic, gneral and art books, fiction and law. Accept queries via phone or email or hard copy submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Bad Apple PressNon-fiction. On all topics with special interest on: memoir, family relationships, biographies, humour, health and fitness, lifestyle and psychology.  Primarily interested in publishing and promoting local authors. Accept email submissions on Thursdays only (details on submissions page). 
Big Sky PublishingAdult and children’s non-fiction (history, military history, true crime, self-help, health, parenting, business, auto/biography, humour and lifestyle). Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Black Inc Australian general and commercial non-fiction (including history, current affairs, sports, and biography),  literary and YA fiction. Not currently accepting submissions for: fantasy, science-fiction, travelogues, crime/mystery, erotica, poetry, middle grade or picture books. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Bloomsbury PublishingAcademic, adult fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction, education, music, military hisory, nautical and outdoors, health and wellness, business, sport, history, heritage, nostalgia and science. Accept email submissions any time via UK website (details on submissions page).
Bonfire BooksFiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books, as well as original translations into English. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Currency PressPlays. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Downingfield PressNon-fiction, fiction, poetry and pictorial. Accept email and hardcopy submissions anytime (details on submissions page).
Escape Publishing (Harlequin)Romance fiction, including contemporary, historical, paranormal, fantasy, thriller, sci-fi, erotic romance and LGBTQIA+. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Federation PressNon-fiction (law and related subjects). Accept email submissions any time (detail on submissions page).
Ford StreetAustralian children’s and YA. Accept hard copy submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Fremantle PressNon-fiction, fiction and narrative non-fiction, poetry, and books for children and young adults by authors of Western Australian origin or whose main place of residence is Western Australia. Work by non–Western Australian authors will be considered when the subject matter has a strong Western Australian focus. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Ginninderra PressNon-fiction, fiction and poetry by Australian-based authors. Not currently accepting novels or children’s books. Accept hardcopy submissions any time (details on submissions page).
GiramondoFiction, non-fiction and poetry. Submissions open for a short period each year, next from December 2021 to March 2022 (details on submissions page).
Green Olive PressChildren’s books, literary fiction and poetry, food and natural environment. Accept hard copy submissions any time (details on submissions page).
HachetteAustralian adult and YA fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Not currently accepting fiction. Not interested in science fiction/fantasy, horror, illustrated books, cookbooks, poetry, screenplays or academic works. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Harper CollinsFiction (commercial, literary, science fiction and fantasy) and general nonfiction (biography/autobiography, memoir, history, health/wellness, sport, politics, culture, lifestyle, cookery and humour). Only accept submissions from literary agents, other than entries to the Banjo Prize for new Australian commercial fiction (details on submission page).
HQ Non-Fiction (Harlequin)Women’s memoirs, women’s Australiana and selected well-being titles with a focus on women’s self-empowerment. not currently accepting high fantasy, science fiction, erotica, horror, children’s or young adult fiction. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
HQ Young Adult (Harlequin)Teen and young adult fiction set in contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, science-fiction and historical worlds. not currently accepting high fantasy, science fiction, erotica, horror, children’s or young adult fiction. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Hybrid PublishersNon-fiction and fiction (including Jewish themes). Do not accept speculative/science fiction, children’s books or young adult. Accept email proposals anytime (details on submissions page).
JoanPublish voices that get pushed to the fringes. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
La Trobe University Press (LTUP)Books of high intellectual quality by leading scholars and experts aimed at a general readership, ranging across the humanities and sciences. Do not publish Festschriften, conference volumes or unrevised dissertations. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Magabala BooksFirst Nations writers and First Nations-led collaborations. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Melbourne University Press (MUP)Non-fiction. Not currently publishing fiction, children’s literature or poetry. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Midnight SunAny genre, particularly literary fiction. Unlikely to take on poetry, romance and speculative fiction or self-help books. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Mills and Boon (Harlequin)Romance fiction. Accept website submissions any time via UK parent company (details on submissions page).
MIRA (Harlequin)Highly commercial historical fiction, contemporary and historical romance, and romantic suspense, with a commitment to amplifies diverse and marginalised voices. Only accept submissions from literary agents (details on submissions page).
Monash University PublishingNon-fiction (sustainability and the environment, science, Indigenous affairs, politics, sociology, popular culture, economics, literature, history and biography). Do not accept conference volumes, unrevised dissertations, plays, poetry, children’s books or genre fiction. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Murdoch BooksFood, gardening and lifestyle titles. Accept website submissions on Fridays only (details on submissions page).
National Library PublishingNon-fiction and children’s history, art, photography,  environment and literature titles. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Nero BooksAustralian general and commercial non-fiction (including history, current affairs, sports, and biography),  literary and YA fiction. Not currently accepting submissions for: fantasy, science-fiction, travelogues, crime/mystery, erotica, poetry, middle grade or picture books. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
NewSouth Publishing (NewSouth and UNSW Press)Non-fiction, not currently including textbooks, personal memoirs,  books based on family history research, PhD theses or other academic outputs. Do not publish fiction, children’s literature, cookbooks, self-help or poetry. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Odyssey BooksFiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction, novelty and picture books for kids, postcard-sized novellas and chapbooks. Do not publish content that expresses racism, bigotry, misogyny, fetishised rape, incest or BDSM, children’s picture books / early readers, textbooks and educational resources. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Pan MacmillanFiction (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, junior, middle grade, young adult and crossover fiction. Do not generally publish poetry, plays or textbooks but are happy to receive any genre of manuscript. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Pantera PressPopular fiction and non-fiction. Not currently accepting picture or illustrated books, young adult fiction, chapter books or children’s books (for ages 12 and under), fantasy, sci-fi, cookbooks, self-help books, health and well-being books, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories or compilations. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Puncher & Wattmann Fiction, memoir and poetry. Accept email submissions between November and January (details on submission page).
Running Water Community PressWriting from the central desert. Accept email queries any time (details on submissions page).
SeizureFiction novellas only via annual Viva la Novella competition, open between September and December each year (details on submissions page).
Text PublishingFiction and non-fiction, including middle grade and young adult. Do not accept poetry, play scripts, screenplays, picture books, activity or poster books, individual short stories, technical manuals, cookbooks, how-to guides, travel guides or educational textbooks. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Thames and Hudson AustraliaAustralian  illustrated books, children’s books and narrative nonfiction in: arts (fine or decorative), history (Australian, natural or cultural), architecture, science, design, fashion, gardens, photography and popular culture. Do not accept fiction or poetry. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
The Miegunyah PressPrestigious, landmark non-fiction, including art, photography, historical and biographical titles. Not currently publishing fiction, children’s literature or poetry. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Ultimo PressGeneral, genre and literary fiction (especially the sweet spot in between) and non-fiction. Do not accept children’s, young adult or picture books. Accept website submissions any time (details on submissions page).
UpswellNarrative fiction, fiction and poetry. New press opening to submissions in the next few months (details on submissions page). 
UQPNon-fiction (history, politics, current affairs, biography and memoir, environmental issues), literary fiction, including short stories
children’s and young adult (YA) books (fiction and non-fiction) and poetry. Do not accept 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. Currently accepting unsolicited literary fiction and non-fiction only. Accept email submissions during the first week of every month only (details on submissions page).
Wakefield PressLiterary and popular fiction, young adult fiction, history, biography, art, poetry, food, wine, the environment, education and true life. Not Not accepting submissions (details on submissions page).
Wild Dingo PressFiction and non-fiction with an emphasis on stories of individuals quietly doing extraordinary things. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).
Wilkinson PublishingNon-fiction and fiction submissions, including children’s content in: Art / Biography & Memoir / Business / Children’s / Health & Fitness / History / Humour / Fiction / Personal Development / Philosophy & Religion / Poetry / Politics & Opinion / Sport / Society & Culture / True Crime. Accept email submissions any time (details on submissions page).

Don’t forget:

  • Self-publishing and hybrid publishing are both valid pathways to publication, but it still pays to be wary and research publishers that ask authors to pay for a reading fee, manuscript assessment or cost-contribution.

(Last updated November 2021)

Author: katelarsenkeys

Arts, Cultural & Non-Profit Consultant. Reader. Writer (Our Hybrid Future, The Relationship is the Project). Researching the art of arts governance. larsenkeys.com.au

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