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As an unpublished author, it’s difficult to find someone who will even read your manuscript.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
About Kids Books ?? Based in Unanderra. Website doesn’t work July ’20
Affirm Press

*NEW*

YES Submissions >> July ’20
Allen and Unwin

www.allenandunwin.com

X* Not currently accepting picture book texts

submissions >>

July ’20
Balboa Press (Hay House) SP Self publishing arm of Hay House Sep ’17
Berbay Books X* Submissions open until 30th April 2020.

submissions@berbaybooks.com

Jan ’20
Big Sky

www.bigskypublishing.com.au

YES submissions >> Jan ’20
Black Dog Books (Walker Books) => See: Walker Books Sep ’17
Blake Publishing/Education X* Not currently accepting any submissions at this time.
submissions >>
Jan ’20
Boolarong Press ?? Australiana, non fiction Sep ’17
Brolly Books XX  No submission information

http://www.brollybooks.com/

Sep ’17
Celapene Press X* Sep ’17
Christmas Press Picture Books X* CLOSED for submissions for the foreseeable future.

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Coroneos Publishing ?? Educational

No submission info

Jan ’20
DoctorZed Publishing YES Publishes PBs with good, happy stories with positive lessons and inspiration.

Submissions >>

July ’20
Eagle Books X* Not PB.

Not currently accepting submissions.

submissions >>

Jan ’20
East Street Publications ?? Not trading. No website. Jan ’20
EK Books X* Submissions Closed Until March 1, 2020

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Era Publications YES Educational K-9, Literacy focus

No longer publish Trade picture books.

submissions >>

Sep ’17
Five Senses Education => See: Coroneos Jan ’20
Ford Street Publishing X* submissions >>

only accepting to 50,000+ YA novels, and Graphic Novels

Jan ’18
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)

YES submissions >> Jan ’20
Hardie Grant Egmont

Little Hare Books

YES submissions >> Jan ’20
HarperCollins X=> No direct submissions.

Manuscripts assessed via the CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

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

Book proposal query form

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Hay House XA Agented submissions only Sep ’17
IAD Press ?? ?? problem with website

Indigenous

Sep ’17
IP Kidz YES All submission subject to initial reading fee of AU$90 / US$65!!!

Submissions open from March – December to proposals from authors, illustrators, digital artists and animators

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Jane Curry Publishing X* Sep ’17
Lake Press

*NEW*

XX Not currently accepting submissions.

Submissions >>

July ’20
Larrikin House

*NEW*

Fun, quirky and original stories with a tinge of “cheeky”.

YES Illustrators reviewed via Instagram portfolio.

Submissions >>

July ’20
Little Pink Dog Books YES* Open for submission only on specific days. Next: 14th February 2020.

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Little Steps Publishing ?? Partner publishing (author shares costs of books) Sep ’17
Lothian (Hachette) ?? Not certain? Probably the same as Hachette Sep ’17
Macmillan Educational => See: Pan Macmillan Jan ’20
Magabala Books ?? Indigenous only Sep ’17
Midnight Sun

*NEW*

X* Open for submissions again in August 2020

Submissions >>

July ’20
Morris Publishing Australia XX Submissions >> July ’20
New Frontier YES submissions >> Jan ’20
New Holland Publishers YES primarily non fiction

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Nosy Crow

nosycrow.com

X* Not accepting unsolicited MS at this time

submissions >>

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

Book Proposal required

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Pan Macmillan X* First monday of the month for Children’s and YA (it’s not clear that they accept PB submissions).

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Parragon Publishing

Now Cottage Door Press

?? Illustrators only

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Pantera Press XX Not taking PB submissions at this time

Submissions >>

July ’20
Parsons Publishing ?? Christian Sep ’17
Pascal Press XQ Educational

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Pearson XX No longer accepts
unsolicited MSsubmissions >>
Jan ’20
Penguin Books Australia (includes Random House) YES submissions >> Jan ’20
Pademelon Press

*NEW*

XQ Educational

Query proposal

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Random House (Penguin) => See :Penguin Books Sep ’17
Redback

*NEW*

 

YES* Currently only considering picture book manuscripts that are submitted with accompanying illustrations.

submissions >>

July ’20
Red Paper Kite

*NEW*

 

YES Illustrators Competition July – Dec ’20

submissions >>

July ’20
Scholastic (includes Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia, Omnibus Books and Koala Books) X* Submissions are open for Scholastic Asia. Sep ’17
School Magazine YES Closed for artists’ submissions until further notice.

Writing submissions open year round

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Scribble (Scribe).

Vibrant, eclectic, and thought-provoking list of picture books, which celebrate the universe of childhood.

YES Only accepting non-fiction picture book submissions in 2020. Accepting artwork samples from illustrators year-round.

submissions >>

July ’20
Simon & Schuster Australia XX Sep ’17
St Paul’s Publications ?? Christian Sep ’17
Starfish YES submissions >> Jan ’20
Text Publishing YES? Children’s & YA. Not accepting PB.

submissions >>

Prize for YA and children’s writing Closes: 8th Feb 2020.

July ’20
The Five Mile Press XI Accepting illustrators only Sep ’17
University of Queensland Press (UQP) X* Not accepting children’s manuscripts Sep ’17
Wakefield Press X* Only one PB in their catalogue.

Submissions closed until further notice.

submissions >>

July ’20
Walker Books X* Walker Wednesday only on:

29th July, 2020
25th November, 2020

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Wide Eyed Press

 

??  No submission information

http://www.wildeyedpress.com.au/home.htm

July ’20
Wilkins Farago X* Sep ’17
Windy Hollow Books ?? No submission information

https://www.windyhollowbooks.com.au/

July ’20
Wombat Books

Wholesome, inclusive books with an underlying Christian tone.

 YES 20-28th February only.

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Working Title Press (Harper Collins) X* Not accepting unsolicited fiction or picture book manuscripts and art portfolios until further notice

submissions >>

Jan ’20
Yellow Brick Books

*NEW*

YES Authors & Illustrators

submissions >>

Jan ’20
XOUM

Now Brio Books

XX No open calls for submissions

submissions >>

Jan ’20

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