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Which publishers can I submit my work to?

The following is a non-exhaustive list of publishers in Australia that may consider your work for publication. Because Australian publishers each have their own submissions process and their own schedules for when submissions are open, we recommend reading this carefully and making sure you are following the instructions they provide on their websites.

Other useful sites with lists of Australian publishers include:


Affirm Press
An independent Melbourne-based publisher dedicated to publishing great Australian stories, big ideas, and engaging local and international authors. They publish a broad range of non-fiction books and a select list of fiction.
Publishing: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books

Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin is Australia’s leading independent publisher and is the 2020 Publisher of the Year. The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of their in-house Submission Editors.
Publishing: Adult Fiction, Non-fiction, Illustrated, Children’s, Young Adult

Bad Apple Press
Specialises in telling great stories by Australian authors. Bad Apple Press consider all non-fiction topics but special interests are: memoir, family relationships, biographies, humour, health and fitness, lifestyle and psychology, by local authors.
Publishing: Non-fiction

Black Inc. Books
Founded in 2000, Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality non-fiction, fiction and poetry, based in Melbourne.
Publishing: General and Commercial non-fiction, Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Poetry

Brio Books
A boutique, independent Australian publisher, publishing fiction and non-fiction books by Australian and New Zealand authors under four imprints.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Young Adult

Debut Books
A platform to amplify great storytelling, welcoming submissions from first-time Australian authors, across all genres of fiction (especially Australian-based genre fiction).
Publishing: Fiction

Djed Press
Publications by and for Bla(c)k creatives & other creatives of colour. short fiction. Djed consider narrative non-fiction/prose, opinion/commentary pieces, poetry (written or performed on video), and visual art in any style.
Publishing: Narrative Non-fiction, Poetry

Echo Publishing
Publishes fiction and nonfiction, with a focus on resilience and survival, history, strong women, and the transgression of boundaries and breaking down of barriers.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction

Exisle Publishing
Exisle Publishing is a non-fiction publishing house that publishes simultaneously in North America, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Publishing: Non-fiction

Ginninderra Press
Ginninderra Press is an award-winning independent publisher based in Port Adelaide. They are an independent publisher set up to provide opportunities for new and emerging authors, and authors writing in unfashionable genres or on non-mainstream subjects. They publish poetry chapbooks under the Pocket Poets and Picaro Poets imprints, and run ‘The Crow’, a poetry journal published in June and December each year.
Publishing: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

Giramondo Publishing Company
An independent, Australian, university-based literary publisher of award-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, renowned for the quality of its writing, editing and book design, accepting unsolicited submissions.
Publishing: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

Glimmer Press
An Adelaide-based small publisher ‘with sights set on publishing books that shine’.
Publishing: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

Hachette Australia
One of Australia’s largest publishers, welcoming submissions from fiction, non-fiction and children’s book writers who are residents of Australia or New Zealand.
Publishing: Children’s, Young Adult, Fiction, Non-fiction

Hardie Grant
A creative global publisher of quality, stylish, cutting-edge non-fiction books.
Publishing: Non-fiction, Illustrated

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing
Committed to launching new series, publishing award-winning picture books, and creating innovative products for licensed brands. Accepts fresh, exciting and well-written stories that kids and teenagers will love to read.
Publishing: Children’s, Young Adult

HarperCollins
While HarperCollins only considers material submitted by literary agents, they do accept entries to the Banjo Prize. HarperCollins publishes fiction (commercial, literary, science fiction and fantasy) and general nonfiction, including biography/autobiography, memoir, history, health/wellness, sport, politics, culture, lifestyle, cookery and humour.
Publishing: Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, General Non-fiction

Joan Press
A new publishing imprint for Allen & Unwin, curated by Nakkiah Lui, publishing books across all genres with the hope of finding a home for “the voices that get pushed to the fringes”.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction

Larrikin House
New publishing imprint Larrikin are passionately committed to creating quirky, original and humorous kid-focused books.
Publishing: Children’s books

Magabala Books
Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house, accepts a limited number of unsolicited manuscripts directly from authors and literary agents.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

MidnightSun
A new Adelaide-based small press publishing new and unknown writers and ‘unusual’ topics.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction

Melbourne Books
Melbourne Books is an independent Australian publishing house founded in 2000. They publish biographies, cookbooks, art and architecture, social histories, travel, academic works and novels. 
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction

Melbourne University Publishing
MUP publishes non-fiction books in the areas of political, history and current affairs titles; landmark illustrated art and lifestyle books and Australian academic research and writing.
Publishing: Non-fiction, Illustrated, Academic

One In A Million Publishing
A children’s book publishing house founded in 2020, located in Melbourne, Australia. They aim to publish stories that cultivate love, kindness and safety that are designed to be a bonding experience for the whole family.
Publishing: Children’s books

Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high-quality titles. Submit fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and YA.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s, Young Adult

Penguin Random House Australia
From future classics to cherished favourites, PRH champion emerging voices and bring readers the highest-quality books from established, award-winning and bestselling authors. PRH Australia comprises an adult publishing division and a children’s publishing division, see guidelines for each.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s, Young Adult

Pantera Press
Home to the next generation of talented Australian writers, Pantera Press is proudly all about great storytelling.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction

Puncher & Wattmann
Newcastle-based publisher since 2005, publishing poetry, fiction, life writing, poetry anthologies and critical non-fiction. They also publish the Slow Loris chapbook imprint, and are co-publisher of World Poetry, an international, bilingual journal in English and Mandarin.
Publishing: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

Scribe
Scribe has been operating as a wholly independent trade-publishing house for more than 40 years, in two locations — Melbourne, Australia and London, England. They accept unsolicited and un-agented submissions in a three week window, in 2021: 1 April through to 21 April; and 1 September through to 21 September.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction

Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster is part of the CBS Corporation and is a major force in today’s publishing industry, dedicated to bringing an extensive range of books, in all formats, into the hands of readers.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books

Text Publishing
Text is an independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. They have been awarded the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year three times and won the Leading Edge Books Small Publisher of the Year in 2018 and 2019.
Publishing: Literary Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Non-fiction

Thames & Hudson Australia
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. Their Australian headquarters are based in Melbourne.
Publishing: Illustrated, Children’s books, Narrative Non-fiction.

Ultimo
Ultimo Press is an independent publisher established in 2020 with the simple ambition to become home to Australia’s best storytellers; they accept submissions of general literary fiction and nonfiction.
Publishing: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Non-fiction

UQP
UQP is one of Australia’s leading publishing houses. Established in 1948 as a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of Queensland, UQP has consistently produced culturally significant works across genres such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as children’s and young adult books.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books, Young Adult, Poetry

UWA Publishing
UWA Publishing (UWAP) publishes award-winning fiction, non-fiction and scholarly works illustrate its strength and diversity in a modern university. A division of The University of Western Australia, UWAP has been publishing important books since 1935.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Adademic

Ventura Press
Ventura Press is one of Sydney’s leading independent book publishers. Their mission is to provide boutique, innovative and exciting publishing to Australia and the world, and to bring new and established Australian authors to the world stage.
Publishing: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books

Wakefield Press
Wakefield Press is a leading independent publishing company based in Adelaide, South Australia. Their motto is ‘We love good stories and publish beautiful books’.
Publishing: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Young Adult, Non-fiction

Wombat Books
Wombat Books is an independent growing publisher creating quality books to respect, love, share and connect with. They publish books with new and established authors.
Publishing: Children’s books

Woodslane Press
Woodslane Press is an Australian-owned book publisher, founded in 1994 and based on Sydney’s northern beaches. It originally published titles related to computing and business however the imprint has now firmly established itself as one of the country’s leading publishers of outdoor guides, and select non-fiction titles.
Publishing: Non-fiction, Outdoor Guides


If you would like to add to our listing of of Australian publishers, then get in touch with Writers Victoria at info@writersvictoria.org.au.

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