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Submissions

UQP publishes books across the following categories:

  • non-fiction (history, politics, current affairs, biography and memoir, environmental issues)
  • literary fiction, including short stories
  • children’s and young adult (YA) books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • poetry

We do not publish books in the following categories:

Genre fiction (including romance, science fiction, fantasy, and erotica), travel guides, cookbooks, self-help books, plays/scripts/music scores, textbooks, unrevised theses or conference proceedings.

What we are accepting

We are accepting unsolicited submissions for our literary fiction and non-fiction lists.

Our poetry, children’s and YA lists are currently closed for unsolicited submissions.

If you would like your fiction or non-fiction manuscript to be considered, please follow the guidelines below. If your submission doesn’t follow these guidelines, it will not be considered for publication.

Submission guidelines

  • Submissions must be sent via email. Hardcopy submissions will not be considered or returned.
  • Submissions will only be accepted during the first week of every month. Manuscripts submitted outside of this time will not be considered.

Please only send us one submission at a time.

How to submit

All submissions must include the following:

  • SUBMISSION FORM – please download and complete this submission form.
  • EMAIL SUBJECT LINE – state whether it’s fiction or non-fiction and the title of the work (e.g. Fiction: Too Much Lip).
  • MANUSCRIPT – attach the full manuscript as a Word document or PDF, 1.5 line spaced and paginated.

For non-fiction submissions, please also attach a detailed CHAPTER BREAKDOWN.

Email your submission to submissions@uqp.uq.edu.au

Please note, the combined attachments of your submission must not exceed 10 megabytes (MB).

After submitting your manuscript

You will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your submission. All manuscripts are carefully considered, but due to the volume of submissions we receive we are only able to respond to those who are successful. If you have not heard from us within four months, your submission has been unsuccessful. We are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful submissions, and we will not discuss any submissions over the phone.

Resources

For information and advice on getting published, we recommend contacting your local writers centre. They offer advice on publishing opportunities and writing workshops and often provide manuscript development and assessment services. There are writers centres in all Australian states and territories:

ACT Writers Centre

Writing NSW

NT Writers’ Centre

Queensland Writers Centre

Writers SA

TasWriters

Writers Victoria

Writing WA


There are a number of other organisations that also offer advice and support for writers. These include:

Australian Society of Authors

Australian Publishers Association

Copyright Agency

Australia Council for the Arts