Australian Children’s Publishing Houses Open to Submissions

Hello Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,

Yet again, this week’s post looks deceivingly simple, but is hopefully very helpful to as many of us as possible. This scenic adventure on the publication route began because I promised to update this post regularly, can you believe it’s been almost a year? I’ll attempt to be better this year, maybe one in July- six months from now. A year ago having a couple of manuscripts ready for submission, I began to research where I might send them. I found it difficult to find one place where publishers who are accepting manuscript submissions are recorded and where their details are up to date. The closest I could find was at  So with their help and that of Publishers Global I made the following list of Australian Children’s Publishers (bonus some English Accepting Australian submissions) and highlighted those open for submissions and what sort of submissions they are, digital, cooperative, partner or work for hire (for those of you who, like me last year, don’t know work for hire involves receiving a one off payment for a specifically requested type of book, often an educational publication).

I will endeavour to keep it up to date by checking these links regularly. Hence this being a deceivingly simple cut and paste post, no such luck. In the meanwhile, have a good look through to find the publishers and publishing style which best suit you and your work and good luck! Oh, and wish me luck too-please!

Key: * Accepting submissions

** A version of self publishing
~ Accepting submissions with some exceptions/conditions

^ Digital publication only

About Kids Books– previously accepting children’s book submissions except for Picture Books. Website currently unavailable

UPDATE- About Kids Books- no longer publishing.

Affirm Press– generally accept submissions of all types which align with their ethos. Currently not accepting any children’s including YA.

**Aurora House– offer manuscript assessment, book promotion, ebook, Print On Demand (POD) and combination packages for self publishers

**^Austin McAuley– London based hybrid publisher which offers some traditional, but mainly partnership publishing in print, ebook and some audiobook formats

Allen and Unwin– Friday Pitch accepts all ms submissions bar Picture Books, Poetry and Short Stories. They are especially looking for submissions from authors who identify as diverse.

** Balboa Press (A division of Hay House) open for assisted self-publishing

** Big Sky Publishing – currently accepts unsolicited children’s titles in fiction and non-fiction formats. Currently not accepting picture books.

**Black Dog Books – A Division of Walker Books Australia -Accepting unsolicited manuscripts. (Picture Books from agented authors only)

* Blake Education is accepting Primary and Secondary Resource Guides especially Indigenous perspective for Primary and IWB and laptop compatible for Secondary

Bloomsbury Spark– publishing ebooks only for teen, YA and New Adult

Boolarong Press– accepting all genres particularly from QLD authors, but speak to them first (phone number provided)

Brolly Books– not accepting unsolicited submissions at the moment

Celapene– accepting children’s chapter books and junior novels. Not accepting unsolicited mss until 2019

Christmas Press Picture Books– accepting illustration submissions electronically

DoctorZed Publishing– ‘offers traditional, partnership and self-publishingservices. We are currently accepting submissions of manuscripts for consideration. Please note that we review all submissions on the basis of whether your manuscript will meet our aims of delivering Goodness, Truth and Beauty to our readers.’

EK Books– accepting Picture Book submissions only, sent digitally

Empowering Resources– ‘We are a publisher of high-quality children’s picture books and junior novels that nurture educate and empower children. We encourage meaningful conversations’

~ ERA Publications– accepts submissions from illustrators and occasionally from authors, although ERA usually commission their authors.

~ Five Mile Press – currently accepting submissions from illustrators only

* Ford Street Publishing – currently open for submissions

~ Fremantle Press– open for residents of WA or those of WA origin

Hachette Australia – not accepting children’s book submissions at the moment

Hardie Grant Egmont– accepting  submissions for the Ampersand Prize only

Harper Collins – accept submissions via the Wednesday Post, but not at the moment

** Hinkler – open for enquiries and submissions on a ‘work for hire basis’

* IAD – accept enquiries for Indigenous Authors and Artists

** InHouse Publishing – open for submissions for ‘Assisted Independent Publishing’

** Inspiring Publishers – for Cooperative Publishing in Self-help, How to, Business books, Mind, body and spirit, Emotional healing novels, Self Help Psychology books and Children’s books that teach something.

**^ IP Kidz – accepting ms for digital and print publication, offering consultations, reports, assessments, editorial support and mentoring for self publishing

Little Hare– accepting submissions

Little Pink Dog Books – not currently open to submissions

** Little Steps Publishing – open to partnership publishing

Midnight Sun– always open for submissions but may take 3-6 months for a response

*Magabala Books – publishes works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We do consider collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples that have 50% authorship by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person(s) – from inception

* McMillan Educational– accept series only related to the Australian Curriculum

Morris Publishing – not accepting submissions till later in 2017

* New Frontier – accepting submissions (they recommend you buy their submissions pack)

* New Holland – accepting submissions but primarily publish Non Fiction

* Nosy Crow – accepting submissions

Pan McMillan – accept submissions except PBs on Manuscript Monday year round

Pantera– accept YA and adult mss

~ Pegasus– accept submissions and offer traditional contracts or a shared cost inclusive contracts.

*Penguin Random House Australia -accepting submissions from Feb to Nov inclusive

* Rhiza– accepts YA and Adult submissions

Scholastic Australia – publishes under four imprints; Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia, Omnibus Books and Koala Books. None of these are accepting submissions at the moment

Scribble Books– accept Picture Book submissions from authors and illustrators annually only in the month of June.

Scribe– accepts unsolicited serious non-fiction and literary fiction from writers with a demonstrated background of publishing for general readers, between January 1st- March 31st and July 1st to September 30th

Simon and Shuster – not accepting submssions at the moment

Starfish Bay Books– focuses on supporting unpublished authors, predominantly publishing PBs for 3-8 yrs.

* Text Publishing – accepting submissions for mss suitable for upper primary to adult

UQP – currently not accepting Children’s or YA ms submissions

~ Ventura Press – accepting ms submissions and/or book proposals except PBs

Walker Books – accepting MG and YA submissions on Walker Wednesday, the first Wednesday of each month. Unfortunately I cannot get the link for them to work at the moment. You can reach them by typing into your search engine

Wild Eyed Press – currently closed for submissions

* Windy Hollow Books – accepting submissions

* Wombat – accepting submissions

Working Title Press – not accepting submissions until further notice.

Yellow Brick Books– accepts submissions for Picture Books and Early Readers

By the way, as you can imagine no doubt, Publishers Global is a worldwide site which covers all types of publication, not just book publishers. There are 448 in the Australian section alone and 881 in the Children’s section worldwide. As I continue to wade through it, I may even find some more which belong here. If I do I’ll add them, so be sure to come back and check every few months.

Well the road was long and hard again with new publishing houses and opportunities added and links being checked and updated, but as expected very rewarding.

Farewell for now fellow travellers,

Savour the Quest


P.S. This list is only meant as a guide and a starting point.

Publishing Houses often have small windows of opportunity where they are open to publication so it is advisable to check their websites regularly and/or to follow them on social media where they announce these times in advance.

I would also recommend connecting with other writers online as this sort of news spreads like wildfire and you want to be among those who hear of it before it’s too late.

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Success and Gratitude; A Very Good Place to Start

Hello fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,
I do hope you have had a wonderful Christmas with all the things that matter most to you. For me that’s family, friends, faith and peace all of which I was blessed enough to have in abundance. In fact it is in blessings that this post and year begins. A year which I plan to make my most creative and successful yet.

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year. Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my abridged list of writing related things I am proud of from 2017.

1. My short story Except for the Mouse was published in the Creative Kids Tales Story Collection.

2. I ‘placed in’ and received a critique for my Picture Book text This Book is NOT for You in Greenleaf Press Buds Competition.

3. My Picture Book text This Book is NOT for You was shortlisted for publication. 

4. I completed a Picture Book Masterclass with the Australian Writers Centre.

5. I have been more active in Writer’s Groups, both on and offline.

6. I was part of The Ten Penners blog tour which was both exciting and a great learning experience.

7. I entered more competitions on and offline than ever before approximately 12-15!

8. I have both given and received more constructive critiques than ever before.

9. That I have signed up for and started Jen Storer’s Scribbles Course which I’m enjoying very much.

10. I have signed up to attend KidLitVic 2018 and joined the Insider Group to prepare to make it an even more worthwhile experience.

11. I participated in Write On Con 2017 and signed up for 2018

12. I completed Storystorm and NaPiBoWriWee where I created a couple of new stories including This Book is NOT for You.

13. I have taken over the FAW Eastwood/Hills branch website and am learning a lot and gaining some new technical skills.

14. I have written and submitted more than ever before.

As well as Successes Julie discusses learnings, needs, plans and several other ways to move forward to the best 2018 possible for yourself as a writer at this time. One of the areas which also spoke to me in the 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series and linked neatly with successes was Gratitude; being thankful for the blessings of 2017 and so I’ve added these below too.

I am grateful:

1. That I have met so many wonderful people both online and physically this year.

2. That I completed 12 Days of Christmas for Writers in 2016 and it helped set me up for last year.

3. That I have access to technology which makes it easier to be part of several writing communities.

4. For the generosity of other writers providing critiques and other services as well as the opportunity to win these too.

5. To be progressing on my journey to publication.

6. That my daughter and I share this passion and I may one day be able to help her on her own journey through the knowledge I have gained.

7. For supportive family and friends who always show interest in and often understanding of my writing dreams.
I hope you also have a happy, healthy, safe AND creative New Year,

Farewell fellow travellers

Savour the quest


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