About Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin is Australia's leading independent publisher and is the 2020 Publisher of the Year. We have been voted "Publisher of the Year" fourteen times including in the inaugural award in 1992 and eleven times since 2000.
We publish around 250 new titles each year including literary and commercial fiction, a broad range of general non-fiction and lifestyle titles and books for children and young adults. Our imprints include Allen & Unwin, Albert Street Books, Crows Nest, House of Books, Inspired Living (MBS), Murdoch Books and Pier 9.
While we are Australian owned and operated, we are international in our thinking, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and London, a global network of connected partners, and local lists that are unrivalled in scope and quality.
Allen & Unwin know how difficult it can be for writers to get their work in front of publishers, which is why we’ve created our innovative and pioneering submissions system – The Friday Pitch.
The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of our in-house Submission Editors.
Please select the genre of your work, and follow the links to the appropriate submissions page for more details.
- Adult Fiction, Non-fiction and Illustrated Submissions
- Children's and Young Adult Submissions
- New Zealand Submissions
- The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award
- The Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize
Please note Allen & Unwin only accepts manuscripts correctly submitted through our electronic system. Any hard-copy submissions mailed in will be recycled. Also that, despite its name, The Friday Pitch is open to submissions all week!
What We Publish
We publish a wide range of literary and commercial fiction, with authors including Alex Miller, Andrew McGahan, Christos Tsiolkas, Michelle de Kretser, Sofie Laguna, Craig Silvey, Charlotte Wood, Heather Rose, Gillian Mears and Jodi Picoult. We have one of the leading crime fiction lists, with writers such as Michael Connelly, Peter Corris, Kerry Greenwood, Chris Hammer and Sarah Bailey and also one of the bestselling Australian rural romance lists from authors including Fleur McDonald, Karly Lane and Nicole Hurley-Moore.
Each year Allen & Unwin administers The Australian/Vogel's Award, in conjunction with the Vogel Bread company and The Australian newspaper, for the best manuscript by a writer under the age of 35. Winners have included Tim Winton, Kate Grenville and Andrew McGahan. We are very proud of recent winners Katherine Brabon, Marija Peričić and Emily O'Grady.
General non fiction
We have a broad-ranging non-fiction list covering topics of worldwide interest through to those dealing exclusively with Australia. We are proud to publish leading Australian and international authors including Stephanie Dowrick, Michael Leunig, Ross Gittins, Chris Masters, Paul McGeough, Tom Keneally, Peter Rees, Clementine Ford, Kerry-Anne Walsh, Roland Perry, Paul Barry, David Astle, Paul Carter, Bri Lee, Gabbi Stroud, Helen Pitt, Kitty Flanagan, Andrew Rule, Greg Sheridan, Nick Vujicic and Christopher Hitchens. We are proud to have published the autobiographies and memoirs of some of Australia’s leading personalities, most recently Kerry O'Brien, Anne Summers, Nick Riewoldt, Chris Judd, Steve Smith, Molly Meldrum, Sally Obermeder, Paul Keating, Allan Border, Richard Clapton, Lex Marinos, Wayne Swann, Rob Oakeshott, Melissa Doyle and Charlie Pickering. We occasionally publish sponsored histories and corporate titles.
Our principal areas of general non-fiction publishing are:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Our children's list is one of the best in Australia and we publish across a wide range, from picture books and board books to young adult fiction and non-fiction. Many of our books are award winners, and we enjoy great popularity and high acclaim both in Australia and throughout the world.
Our many talented authors and illustrators include:
Picture books – Ron Brooks, Armin Greder, Nicki Greenberg, Roland Harvey, Leigh Hobbs, Elizabeth Honey, Stephen Michael King, Alison Lester, Chris McKimmie, Heidi McKinnon, Glenda Millard, Kirsty Murray, Alex Rance, Tohby Riddle, Shaun Tan, Bruce Whatley, Margaret Wild
Children’s fiction – Kate Constable, Terry Denton, Deborah Ellis, Anna Fienberg, Karen Foxlee, Kim Gamble, Libby Gleeson, Julie Hunt, Paul Jennings, Catherine Jinks, Bren MacDibble, Patty Mills, Jaclyn Moriarty, Martine Murray, Wendy Orr, Boori Pryor & Meme McDonald, Richard Roxburgh, Lian Tanner, Kate and Jol Temple, Sean Williams, Karen Wood
Young adult fiction – Libba Bray, Ursula Dubosarsky, Scott Gardner, Barry Jonsberg, Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Margo Lanagan, Justine Larbalestier, E. Lockhart, Maureen McCarthy, Kirsty Murray, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, Lili Wilkinson
Non-fiction – Laklak Burarrwanga, Mark Greenwood, Christobel Mattingley, Nadia Wheatley
Murdoch Books is the largest illustrated book publisher in Australia. We publish books on a wide range of subjects including food and cooking, gardening, design, interiors, general history, lifestyle and Australiana. Our books are sold around the world and our authors include renowned chefs and restaurateurs, TV personalities, interior designers, photographers, and lifestyle writers. We have recently published books by Elyse Knowles, Peter Kuruvita, Annabel Crabb, Karen McCartney, Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw, Alex Stuart, Anna Polyviou, Kirstin Ferguson and Catherine Fox, Anthony Puharich and Libby Travers, and AB Bishop.