The Big List of Australian Picture Book Publishers

As an unpublished author, it’s difficult to find someone who will even read your manuscript.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.

Legend:

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

www.allenandunwin.com

X* Not currently accepting picture book texts

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Balboa Press (Hay House) SP Self publishing arm of Hay House Sep ’17
Big Sky

www.bigskypublishing.com.au

YES submissions >> Sep ’17
Black Dog Books (Walker Books) => See: Walker Books Sep ’17
Blake Publishing/Education YES Educational.

Book proposal required.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
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 >> Sep ’17
Era Publications YES Educational K-9, Literacy focus

Book proposal required

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Five Senses Education ?? No submission information Sep ’17
Ford Street Publishing YES submissions >> Sep ’17
Freemantle Press ?? WA Authors only Sep ’17
Gecko Press XA previously published, agented, or demonstrably experienced authors only.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Hachette Children’s

(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

submissions >>

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
31st July (closed for 2017).

Sep ’17
Hinkler YES activity books, products, etc.

Book proposal query form

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Hay House XA Agented submissions only Sep ’17
IAD Press ?? ?? problem with website

Indigenous

Sep ’17
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

submissions >>

Sep ’17
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

submissions >>

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

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Nosy Crow

nosycrow.com

YES UK based.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Omnibus (Scholastic) => See: Scholastic Sep ’17
One Day Hill ?? Australiana Sep ’17
Oxford University Press YES Educational

Book Proposal required

submissions >>

Oct ’17
Pan Macmillan X* First monday of the month for Children’s and YA (not PBs).

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Parragon Publishing ?? activity books, products, etc.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Parsons Publishing ?? Christian Sep ’17
Pascal Press YES Educational

submissions >>

Oct ’17
Pearson XQ Educational

Does not accept unsolicited MS, but you can query them

submissions >>

Oct ’17
Penguin Books Australia (includes Random House) YES submissions >> Sep ’17
Peppinot Press ?? Not trading?

Website being rebuilt.

Sep ’17
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

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Scribble (Scribe) YES Only during June each year

submissions >>

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.

submissions >>

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.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Wilkins Farago X* Sep ’17
Windy Hollow Books ?? No submission information Oct ’17
Wombat Books  YES Wholesome, inclusive books with an underlying Christian tone.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Working Title Press (Harper Collins) X* Possibly the same as Harper Collins

submissions >>

Sep ’17
XOUM YES Only one picture book in their catalogue

submissions >>

Oct ’17

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