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Submission Information

All information contained herein is subject to change.

Please refer to these guidelines when preparing your submission.

Unsolicited manuscript genres we are currently accepting:

  • Academic in Indigenous issues and UQP's two academic series: New Approaches to Peace and Conflict and Creative Economy and Innovation Culture.

Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot accept follow-up phone calls, letters or emails regarding your submission. Please ensure that the below submission guidelines are followed or your submission will be returned.

Unsolicited manuscript genres we do not currently accept:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Children’s and Young Adult

Submissions in these genres must be made by a recognised literary agent, or solicited by UQP directly from the author.

We aim to reopen the non-fiction, children’s and young adult lists to unsolicited submissions at least once a year for a defined period of time. Please check this section of the UQP website for an update on when these lists will reopen.

Examples of genres we do not publish include:

  • Travel Guides
  • Food & Lifestyle
  • Plays & Music Scores
  • Mind/Body/Spirit
  • Technical & Scientific Textbooks
  • Unrevised Theses and Conference Proceedings

Submission Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines to prepare your submission or it will be returned.

Due to the fact that we are a small publishing house:

  • We are unable to acknowledge receipt of your manuscript
  • We will notify you in due course about the outcome of your submission, however, we are unable to provide detailed comments on unsuccessful manuscripts
  • It may take 3 to 6 months for unsolicited manuscripts to be considered. We appreciate your patience during this time

All submissions must include the following:

  • Covering letter (include a two-line synopsis, genre, target audience and market for your manuscript)
  • Author CV (include information about any previous publications)
  • Brief synopsis or chapter summary (include an overview of the entire story, including how it ends)
  • 3-4 sample chapters
  • Use staples or bulldog clips – do not bind your manuscript
  • Number the pages
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of your manuscript. Unsuccessful manuscripts not accompanied by their own return postage are held for no longer than four weeks.

Please post suitably prepared manuscripts to:

The Editorial Assistant
PO Box 6042
St Lucia QLD 4067

Please note:

  • All care is taken, but no responsibility accepted for loss or damage of unsolicited manuscripts received.
  • Keep a copy of your manuscript.
  • Do not send original art work or photographs.

Getting Published

Here are some handy hints and tips that may be useful in writing and finding a publisher for your manuscript:

Each publisher specialises in publishing particular genres. It is recommended that you research the publisher you are targeting to make sure that your manuscript is a good match with their list. For example, there is no point sending a cookbook manuscript to a publisher who doesn’t publish food and lifestyle books. Check out websites and recently published books as a starting point.

If you are having trouble finding publishers, The Australian Writer’s Marketplace and the Australian Publishing Association’s Members’ Directory are helpful resources for writers that provide contact details for most publishers in Australia and also detailed information about the types of books they publish.

Writers’ centres are also a valuable resource for aspiring writers. They offer advice on how to get published, information on publishing opportunities, writing workshops and also often provide manuscript development and assessment services. There are writers’ centres in all Australian states and territories some of which include:

ACT Writers Centre

NSW Writers’ Centre

NT Writers’ Centre

Queensland Writers Centre

South Australian Writers’ Centre

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Victorian Writers’ Centre

Writing WA

A number of other organisations can assist you in writing your manuscript and getting published. These include:

Australia Council - Literature
Australian Publishers Association
Australian Society of Authors

Australian Copyright Council


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