The following is a non-exhaustive list of publishers in Australia that may consider your work for publication. Each have their own submissions process, so we recommend reading this carefully and making sure you are following their instructions. Not all publishers are open for submissions at all times, so check their websites on a regular basis so you don't miss out if they have opened for a period.
Other useful sites with lists of Australian publishers include the Australian Publishers’ Association industry directory, the Small Press Association member list, and The Writer's Marketplace publisher directory (The Writer's Marketplace requires a subscription to access their various directories; Writers Victoria members receive a discount. Visit member discounts for more information).
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.
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.
Bad Apple Press
Specialises in telling great stories by Australian authors. They consider all non-fiction topics but special interests are: memoir, family relationships, biographies, humour, health and fitness, lifestyle and psychology; by local authors.
Black Inc. Books
Accepts general and commercial non-fiction – including history, current affairs, sports, and biography – and literary and commercial fiction.
A boutique, independent Australian publisher, publishing fiction and non-fiction books by Australian and New Zealand authors under four imprints.
A platform to amplify great storytelling, welcoming submissions from first-time Australian authors, across all genres of fiction (especially Australian-based genre fiction).
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.
Publishes fiction and nonfiction, with a focus on resilience and survival, history, strong women, and the transgression of boundaries and breaking down of barriers.
Exisle Publishing is a non-fiction publishing house that publishes simultaneously in North America, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
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.
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.
An Adelaide-based small publisher 'with sights set on publishing books that shine'.
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.
A creative global publisher of quality, stylish, cutting-edge non-fiction books.
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.
While HarperCollins only considers material submitted by literary agents, they do accept entries to the Banjo Prize, find out more here. 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.
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”
New publishing imprintg Larrikin are passionately committed to creating quirky, original & humorous kid-focussed books.
Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house, accepts a limited number of unsolicited manuscripts directly from authors and literary agents.
A new Adelaide-based small press publishing new and unknown writers and ‘unusual’ topics.
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.
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.
Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high-quality titles. Submit fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and YA.
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.
Home to the next generation of talented Australian writers, Pantera Press is proudly all about great storytelling.
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.
Scribe accepts 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.
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster are currently not accepting unsolicited material including manuscripts, but will consider agented work; they publish and distribute a variety of books in Australia and New Zealand across a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books under local and international imprints.
An independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, including middle-grade and young adult.
Thames & Hudson Australia
T&H publish Australian-content focussed illustrated, children’s books and narrative nonfiction in the following areas: arts (fine or decorative), history (Australian, natural or cultural), architecture, science, design, fashion, gardens, photography and popular culture.
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.
UQP publishes books across non-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.
UWAP shares stories, research and education with the world to encourage thought, inspire action and create and connect with engaged communities, publishing award-winning fiction, non-fiction and scholarly works.
Sydney-based independent book publisher. Ventura Press consider manuscripts and book proposals in the following categories: Contemporary fiction, historical fiction, crime/thriller fiction, memoir, mental health, history.
A leading independent publishing company based in Adelaide, publishing literary and popular fiction, young adult fiction, history, biography, art, poetry, food, wine, the environment, education and true life.
Publishes books for children including picture books, early readers and middle fiction.
Woodslane Press is an Australian-owned book publisher based in Sydney. They publish Australian content in the following areas: outdoor guides; photographic (landscape/flora/fauna); automotive; history/biography; Children’s (principally primary age), focussing on health, well-being and knowledge (not curriculum).