Thames & Hudson Submissions

Friday, December 31, 2021 - 00:00

Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make  the world of art and the research of top scholars accessible to a large reading public. To reflect its international outlook, the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York. The two dolphins in the company’s logo symbolise friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the old world and the new.

Thames & Hudson Australia was established in Melbourne in 1970, to represent the Thames & Hudson list in Australia & New Zealand and to make the books produced in London more accessible to a local readership. Quickly establishing itself as one of the region’s leading publishers of illustrated visual arts books, the Australian company has grown to expand its local publishing program of books by Australian and New Zealand authors for a domestic and international market.

Named 2018 ABIA Small Publisher of the Year, Thames & Hudson Australia publishes nearly 30 original Australian titles each year into subject areas including art, the arts, architecture, interiors, design, photography, gardening, food and drink and children’s books. As a distributor, Thames & Hudson Australia brings approximately 2000 new books to Australia and New Zealand each year while stocking over 7000 titles in an active backlist.

Internationally, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books, with their head office in London and a sister company in New York. Thames & Hudson’s Australian headquarters are based in Melbourne. In addition, Thames and Hudson has a new Asian operation in Hong Kong and a distribution business in Paris, where a subsidiary company, Interart, distributes English-language books in France.

Thames & Hudson: Inspiring, Innovative, International, Independent.

Getting Published

Thank you for considering submitting your proposal to Thames & Hudson Australia. Please note that we focus predominantly on Australian content in the following areas: arts (fine or decorative), history (Australian, natural or cultural), architecture, science, design, fashion, gardens, photography and popular culture.

We specialise in illustrated books, children’s books and narrative nonfiction. We do not publish fiction or poetry and tend not to publish outside our existing subject areas.

If your proposal fits our criteria, please send it to

All proposals should include:

  • A brief synopsis and rationale for the project
  • Table of contents
  • A small selection of sample material (both text and pictorial)
  • For children’s book proposals, please indicate the target age range of the book
  • Market information detailing audience and competition
  • Promotional leads (social media presence, relevant experience and media contacts)
  • A very brief biography of you and, if relevant, your co-author(s)
  • Your contact details

Please send the proposal as an email with attachments and make sure that the total size of your proposal does not exceed 5MB. We will be in touch if we require any more material.

Due to the high volume of proposals received, we do not give feedback on unsolicited proposals and cannot accept submissions sent via post or phone. If we are interested in your proposal, we will endeavour to get in touch with you within three months.


For more information, visit the Thames & Hudson website.