As an unpublished author, it’s difficult to find someone who will even read your manuscript. The picture book publishing industry is tight, with too many authors and few publishers willing to risk an unknown writer.
So I have compiled a reasonably extensive list of Australian publishers and their status with respect to accepting unsolicited children’s picture book manuscripts.
Because I’m mostly interested in fiction and educational publishers, I did not fully research some of the publishers who did not meet my specifications. Additionally, quite a few of the publishers on this list are open to children’s books, but not picture book submissions, so I may not always have closely read the fine print on submission pages for publishers who I was not a good fit for, so as always, do your research. I’ve also included the date I last viewed their websites so you can assess how current this information may be.
XX = not accepting unsolicited manuscripts
X* = not accepting at this time
XA = accepting only agented manuscripts
X=> = not accepting, but there are other options
XI = only accepting illustrator portfolios.
?? = more research needed
=> = refer to parent publisher’s submission information
SP = Self Publishing
|Publisher||Unsolicited submissions||Notes and Submission guidelines||Last accessed|
|ABC books (Harper Collins)||=>||See: Harper Collins||Oct ’17|
|Allen and Unwin
|X*||Not currently accepting picture book texts||Sep ’17|
|Balboa Press (Hay House)||SP||Self publishing arm of Hay House||Sep ’17|
|YES||submissions >>||Jan ’18|
|Black Dog Books (Walker Books)||=>||See: Walker Books||Sep ’17|
Book proposal required.
|Boolarong Press||??||Australiana, non fiction||Sep ’17|
|Brolly Books||XX||Sep ’17|
|Celapene Press||X*||Sep ’17|
|Christmas Press Picture Books||X*||Sep ’17|
|DoctorZed Publishing||??||Self publishing?||Sep ’17|
|East Street Publications||??||Can’t find. Does it still exist?||Sep ’17|
|EK Books||YES||submissions >>||Jan ’18|
|Era Publications||YES||Educational K-9, Literacy focus
Book proposal required
|Five Senses Education||??||No submission information||Sep ’17|
|Ford Street Publishing||X*||submissions >>
only accepting to 50,000+ YA novels, and Graphic Novels
|Freemantle Press||??||WA Authors only||Sep ’17|
|Gecko Press||XA||previously published, agented, or demonstrably experienced authors only.||Sep ’17|
(includes Lothian Children’s Books, Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Orion Children’s Books, Little, Brown Children’s Books, Franklin Watts and Wayland)
|X*||Currently not accepting illustrated children’s books||Sep ’17|
|Lothian (Hachette)||??||Not certain? Probably the same as Hachette||Sep ’17|
|Hardie Grant Egmont
Little Hare Books
|YES||submissions >>||Sep ’17|
|HarperCollins||X=>||No direct submissions.
Manuscripts assessed via the CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program
|Hinkler||YES||activity books, products, etc.
Book proposal query form
|Hay House||XA||Agented submissions only||Sep ’17|
|IAD Press||??||?? problem with website
|IP Kidz||YES||Query them. If your work is not ready, they may direct you to in-house editorial and assessment services.
Submissions open from March – December to proposals from authors, illustrators, digital artists and animators
|Jane Curry Publishing||X*||Sep ’17|
|Little Pink Dog Books||X*||Not open for submissions until 2018||Sep ’17|
|Little Steps Publishing||??||Partner publishing (author shares costs of books)||Sep ’17|
|Macmillan Educational||YES||Book proposal required||Oct ’17|
|Magabala Books||??||Indigenous only||Sep ’17|
|Morris Publishing Australia||X*||Check back in late 2017||Oct ’17|
|New Frontier||YES||submissions >>||Sep ’17|
|New Holland Publishers||YES||primarily non fiction||Sep ’17|
|YES||UK based.||Sep ’17|
|Omnibus (Scholastic)||=>||See: Scholastic||Sep ’17|
|One Day Hill||??||Australiana||Sep ’17|
|Oxford University Press||YES||Educational
Book Proposal required
|Pan Macmillan||X*||First monday of the month for Children’s and YA (not PBs).||Sep ’17|
|Parragon Publishing||??||activity books, products, etc.||Sep ’17|
|Parsons Publishing||??||Christian||Sep ’17|
|Pascal Press||YES||Educational||Oct ’17|
Does not accept unsolicited MS, but you can query them
|Penguin Books Australia (includes Random House)||YES||submissions >>||Sep ’17|
|Peppinot Press||??||Not trading?
Website being rebuilt.
|Random House (Penguin)||=>||See :Penguin Books||Sep ’17|
|Scholastic (includes Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia, Omnibus Books and Koala Books)||X*||Submissions are open for Scholastic Asia.||Sep ’17|
|School Magazine||YES||Illustration portfolios should be submitted by the 31st July
Writing submissions open year round
|Scribble (Scribe)||YES||Only during June each year||Oct ’17|
|Simon & Schuster Australia||XX||Sep ’17|
|St Paul’s Publications||??||Christian||Sep ’17|
|Starfish||YES||submissions >>||Sep ’17|
|Text Publishing||YES?||No PBs in their children’s catalogue.||Sep ’17|
|The Five Mile Press||XI||Accepting illustrators only||Sep ’17|
|University of Queensland Press (UQP)||X*||Not accepting children’s manuscripts||Sep ’17|
|Walker Books||XA||not currently accepting picture book manuscripts from un-agented writers.
First Wednesday of each month.
|Wilkins Farago||X*||Sep ’17|
|Windy Hollow Books||??||No submission information||Oct ’17|
|Wombat Books||YES||20-28th February only. Wholesome, inclusive books with an underlying Christian tone.||Jan ’18|
|Working Title Press (Harper Collins)||X*||Not accepting unsolicited fiction or picture book manuscripts and art portfolios until further notice||Jan ’18|
|XOUM||YES||Only one picture book in their catalogue||Oct ’17|