Listed below are some local and large national publishers who are currently open for submissions, however please do check their websites as these guidelines can change regularly and not all publishing houses accept unsolicited manuscripts.
You can find details of all Australian publishers and agents at Australian Writers Marketplace. SA Writers Centre members receive a 10% discount on a subscription.
If you are seeking publication, you can also consider securing a literary agent. Please see the Australian Literary Agents Association.
The Matador Review – seeking submissions
Closing date: 31 May 2017
Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is seeking submissions for the Summer 2017 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end on May 31.
We call ourselves an “alternative” magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the “alternative”, The Matador Review is a home.
Check out our submissions page for more information: www.matadorreview.com/submissions
You can take a look at our Spring 2017 publication here: www.matadorreview.com/spring-2017
Submit to: editors(at)matadorreview.com
Questions, concerns? Email contact(at)matadorreview.com
Find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/matadorreview
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/matadorreview
Award Winning Australian Writing 2017
Closing date: 31 May 2017
This year marks a significant milestone for Melbourne Books: Award Winning Australian Writing‘s tenth anniversary. This edition of the anthology will be our most special yet.
As Award Winning Australian Writing 2017 will be a landmark release, it is more important than ever to remind and encourage the winners of your competition/s to submit their work. Successful entries will be highly publicised, as will the organisations that have acknowledged them as prize-worthy. Keep reading…
StylusLit – Seeking Submissions
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017
StylusLit is an Australian bi-annual online literary journal. It is seeking poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and novel excerpt submissions. Dip into the current issue to get an idea of what we publish.
Please send your work for the September issue from 1st May to 30th June 2017 to <infoATstyluslit.com>. Work sent outside the reading period can’t be considered. International submissions are welcome.
Send a maximum of three (3) poems, and submit no more than one (1) fiction, novel excerpt or creative non-fiction piece per submission period. Full details on site at www.styluslit.com . We look forward to reading your work!
ABSTRACT International Call For Artists and Writers
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017
Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts.
| Eligible Submissions:
Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form.
Be profiled, get published, and shine on! Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.
| About ArtAscent:
The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.
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The Best Australian Writing 2017 anthologies – Submissions open
Closing date: 15 Jul 2017
Submissions are now open for the Best Australian Writing 2017 anthologies, including The Best Australian Poems (edited by Sarah Holland-Batt), The Best Australian Essays (edited by Anna Goldsworthy) and The Best Australian Stories (edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke).
Full submission details can be found on their website: http://www.bestaustralianwriting.com.au/submissions/
Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Volume III is open for submissions
Closing date: 15 Oct 2017
Penguin (The Monthly Catch)
The General Publishing team at Penguin Group (Australia) is keen and excited to read new work from Australian authors, and as such they’ve developed the Monthly Catch. Keep reading…
Pan MacMillan (Manuscript Monday)
A new initiative which is part of Pan Macmillan Australia’s manuscript submission process. Keep reading…
Momentum Monday (Pan MacMillian digital imprint)
Momentum, Australia’s first major digital imprint, is open to submissions. Keep reading…
Allen & Unwin (The Friday Pitch)
Through Friday Pitch Allen & Unwin have given new and emerging writers a chance to have their work read by our publishers within a reasonable time. Keep reading…
They do accept manuscript submissions but they have a few criteria that we ask you to follow when you submit to them. Keep reading…
Hachette Australia is one of Australia’s largest publishers and is always looking for the opportunity to publish great stories. Keep reading…
Text is broadly interested in publishing fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult. Keep reading…
MidnightSun Publishing (South Australian)
MidnightSun Publishing is always accepting submissions. Keep reading…
Writers often have pitches they don’t know where to send. Editors often have openings they don’t know how to fill.
Asymptote welcomes submissions of translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; as well as visual art.
Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman—at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
In It For The Long Scrawl
We are a literary magazine created by teens.
We feature stories under 1000 words.
We are a new small independent publishing house that selects manuscripts based on the quality of the story telling, the literary value, and the prospect of sufficient sales to make the publication project financially
Virginia Quarterly Review
Virginia Quarterly Review is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Reed Magazine publishes works of short fiction, non-fiction, poetry.
Irish Pages is a biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing, in equal measure, writing from Ireland and overseas.
Albert Whitman and Company
Albert Whitman and Company is an award-winning children’s book publisher founded in 1919.
Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organisation that aims to bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture.
The Zodiac Review
The Zodiac Review is an online, semi-annual literary magazine presenting short fiction by new and emerging authors, as well as more established ones.
Script Lab is looking for reviewers of television, film, books and software.
American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism.
WriteMe Australia is a national program established to identify and select writers, and develop their exemplary written material with a Director, to a stage primed for screen production.
Pitch to Overland
Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine.
The Lifted Brow
The Lifted Brow is always seeking submissions!
Submit an article to Beamly
If you have an article or article idea that you’d like to submit for publication, Beamly would love to read it.
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
Cha is dedicated to publishing quality creative works from and about Asia. At this time, we can only accept work in English or translated into English.
Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions.
The Fiction Desk
Theye’re always looking for new short stories at Fiction Desk anthologies, and most of the stories they publish are unsolicited submissions.
Harvard Review Online
Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews.
Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review)
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review), seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices and aesthetic experiments that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.
Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
The Write Room
he Write Room is an online literary magazine that publishes quality works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Medical Journal of Australia
Submissions are open to the Medical Journal of Australia.
Pantera Press aims to be known as a great new home for Australia’s next generation of best-loved authors™.
‘Social Alternatives’ journal
Social Alternatives accepts academic papers, commentaries, book reviews and essays, short stories and poetry focussed on the aims of the journal.
Overland’s Cursive Letters
Every month Overland run a literary advice column called Cursive Letters in which their wonderful fiction editor Jennifer Mills responds in agony-aunt style to questions submitted by writers about their literary dilemmas.
At a recent editorial meeting, the Writer’s Edit team decided that they’d love to start publishing short stories and poems on their beloved online mag again.
Writers Bloc is always looking for fresh writing and new voices to contribute to our ongoing blog columns.
Taboo Magazine is an online mag open for submissions.
Structo is a UK-based literary magazine.
Spook are looking for writers interested in fashion, music, film, lit, art, sex/gender, culture and/or politics.
Ginosko Literary Journal
Accepting short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, literary insights for Ginosko Literary Journal.
One Teen Story
One Teen Story publishes Young Adult writing, providing opportunities to established adult authors and emerging teen authors of YA.
Uneven Floor, an independent poetry publication based in Perth, Western Australia, is seeking poetry submissions for its online magazine.
Stereo Stories is a Melbourne-based website that publishes well-written, evocative, concise stories. About songs.
The Wrong Quarterly
The Wrong Quarterly are a London-based journal who publish “inventive” works of nonfiction, life writing and essays up to 5,000 words and fiction up to 6,000 words.
Tongues is a multilingual online magazine looking for language editors and contributors to join our team!
Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings quarterly edition accepts submissions of original writing all year around for KYD subscribers and during the months of March, June, September and December ONLY for non-subscribers.
Reed Magazine accepts submissions June 1 through November 1.
Scribe is a trade-publishing house. They are generally interested in literary fiction, serious non-fiction, and children’s picture books.
Antic is a not-for-profit online literary magazine of new writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and criticism, featuring the works of new and established Australian writers, as well as a smattering of international ones.
Thank You For Swallowing
Poetry is a form of protest. So let this be another one, in the spirit of Against Rape, in the spirit of Catechism, in the spirt of Binders Full of Women’s Poems: if you’re done sucking it up, submit your poems.
Blogstock_ is a marketplace for buying and selling pre-written and custom blogs designed to drive traffic to your website and sales for your business. Their bloggers are Australian residents and experts in their fields.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it.
HOW magazine seeks freelance writers
HOW magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technology tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design. HOW seeks writers who can write articles pertinent to our audience in an enter taining, concise style.
Ensemble Vacations® is a national, consumer travel and lifestyle magazine. From close-to-home places like Canada and the U.S. to Europe or exotic destinations in Asia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and South America; from river cruising and grand voyages to luxury safaris, exclusive hotels and villas, spa retreats and ‘volunteer’ tourism, they cover it all.
Transgression is seeking submissions
Transgression is an online current affairs, opinion & cultural magazine that produces exceptional content for its readers.
What are we looking for?
With a focus on topics that generally aren’t covered in any significant depth by the mainstream media, your piece might be something dangerous, illicit, taboo or even just a tad eccentric. We want true tales from the rawest edges of humanity. Sex, crime, drugs or even life as a refugee. How about a report from a conflict zone? We aren’t after anything that pushes an ideology or an agenda. We want the facts to speak for themselves.
Island subscribers are invited to submit poetry, short fiction and essays.
Alien She Zine
Alien She publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and review. They are looking for work that doesn’t fit neatly into the above categories.
Pear Drop want to tell stories that document and explore the human condition from all perspectives.
A place to share stories around a digital fireplace, and a publisher of very short fiction.
The Pen Factor
The Pen Factor is an online feedback and discovery engine for writers of fiction.
Digital magazine seeks WOMEN authors of fiction
Digital magazine seeks WOMEN authors of fiction, with at least one published or ready-to-publish title, for long-form interviews.
F is for Feminism
F is for Feminism is an intersectional feminist website aimed at young women.
Stereo Stories publish well-written, evocative, concise stories. Contributors are welcome to write about all sorts of songs, including songs that are already here on the site.
Heroes and Heartbreakers
Heroes and Heartbreakers is an imprint of the major publishing house MacMillan. They accept short stories 15k-30k words in length.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Fantasy and Science Fiction is one of the major magazines of the genre. They pay 7-12 cents a word, up to 25,000 words.
Fireside is a short story magazine that has two goals in mind: Publish great stories, and pay writers well. They pay above normal rates for their category of magazine: 12.5 cents per word, up to 5,000 words.
Cicada Magazine is a young adult magazine with a largely teen audience. Their editor says “There’s room in the world for your dark weird truths.”
Cricket Magazine is a young reader’s magazine, targeting ages 9-14. They pay $0.25 a word. Most of their are between 1,200 and 1,800 words.
The Sun is a beautiful, ad free, magazine that publishes writing with a literary bent.
Clarkesworld is a science fiction magazine that has won numerous awards, including 3 Hugo Awards.
Harper’s Magazine is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. Harper’s will consider unsolicited fiction.
The New Yorker
The New Yorker is possibly the most profitable magazine in the world. They have a huge and loyal readership.
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Asimov’s Science Fiction is a well established publisher of science fiction.
Analog is a magazine of science fiction and fact. They pay 8-10 cents a word up to 7,500 words, and 8.5 cents a word for longer stories.
Strange Horizons publishes speculative fiction, “broadly defined.”
Lightspeed Magazine seeks to publish original science fiction and fantasy stories. They say that “no subject should be considered off-limits.”
Apex Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Uncanny is an online magazine of scifi/fantasy. They publish fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
One Story is a magazine that publishes one story, in print, every three weeks.
One Teen Story
One Story is seeking literary fiction. They accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words.
InterGalactic Medicine Show
InterGalactic Medicine Show publishes sci-fi stories up to 17,500 words.
The Wild Goose
The Wild Goose is a literary e-journal focusing on new Australian writing.
On human rights issues in Australia
Right Now, a not-for-profit media organisation committed to covering human rights issues in Australia through accessible, creative and engaging online, print and radio media. The journal aims to present a diverse range of perspectives, and encourages the participation of those who identify as GLBTIQ, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, and persons with disability.
About Kids Books
About Kids Books is a new Australian imprint seeking novels for children 8 to 12 years.
Big Sky Publishing
Big Sky Publishing is proud to work with talented Australian authors and publish high quality non-fiction titles. They are accepting new submissions for completed manuscripts in a number of areas.
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press
Wombat Books and Rhiza Press are currently open for manuscript submissions.
Underground Writers are open for submissions year-round!
Like A Photon Creative are inviting submissions for an interactive storytelling platform with national and international audience.
Walker Books Australia announces Walker Wednesday
Walker Books Australia is excited to announce a new submission process open to all authors with unpublished manuscripts. Walker Wednesday will allow budding authors to submit their manuscripts to Walker Books’ award-winning editorial team. Walker Books is currently accepting submissions of middle-grade and young adult fiction from Australian and New Zealand authors.
Walker Books Australia are seeking young adult and middle-grade manuscripts with strong writing, engaging characters and well-developed world-building. We are open to young adult and middle-grade of all genres, but are particularly interested in submissions with diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors.
Submissions will be accepted on the first Wednesday of every month and will be open for the day only. Submissions that do not meet the guidelines or are submitted on any other day will not be read. The next submission date will be Wednesday December 7, 2016.
For more information on how to submit your manuscript please see http://click.walkerbooks.com.au/walkerwednesday
WALKER BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Walker Books Australia is also passionate about the Australian Children’s book industry and is a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award-winning. Walker Books Australia is proud to be the home of Black Dog Books, an award-winning imprint with a reputation for publishing some of Australia’s finest writers including Carole Wilkinson, Sue Lawson and Suzy Zail.
For all media enquiries, please contact [email protected] or 02 8666 8330.
Australian book publisher seeking translations
Australian-based publisher The Lifted Brow’s book imprint is now looking for translated submissions. We’re super excited and hoping to be flooded with submissions!
These can also include self-translations, or writing influenced by an ancestral language.
Translators or writers with a book proposal can read submission guidelines and submit here
Malevolent Soap – Seeking submissions
Malevolent Soap is an independent e-journal of poetry and fiction.
We’re headquartered in Melbourne, but our issues feature writing from around the planet. We publish in March and September.
We’re particularly partial to work that explores intersections of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture and challenges traditional designations of cultural value. Whether this means invoking Nicolas Cage as muse or bemoaning Rick Deckard’s excessive consumption of MSG in verse, we’re interested.
The Lifted Brow – Open to submissions
The Lifted Brow is now open to submissions of fiction short stories AND manuscripts!
“In The Lifted Brow we tend to publish fiction that is ‘new’ in some way, whether it be different, original, experimental in respect to form, or viewpoint, or style, or voice, or plot, or language – or any combo of all the above. What does ‘new’ mean? We don’t know. We want you to show us.” Keep reading…
Rollick Magazine – Call for Submissions – Most Popular Post Award
Submissions are now open for Rollick Magazine’s “Begin Again” issue.
Rollick’s mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality content that inspires real engagement. We will consider any pitch that expresses unique and original thought. Ideally, we want you to explore this theme through the prism of popular culture and your experience of society.
You can send in essays, poems, short stories, memoirs, confessionals, experimental writing, post cards, art, illustrations, reviews (of film, music, tv, theatre), satire, photography, and anything else in between.
Our upcoming issue, “Begin Again”, is about fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s all about what happens after a failure, falter, or fall. It’s about perseverance, and striving, and hope.
Submissions are now open!
If you would like to submit your work to us, please email us at [email protected]
A monetary prize of $250 will be awarded to the most popular post in the upcoming “Begin Again” issue.
Begin Again will be running from 1 May 2017 to the end of June 2017.