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Submission guidelines

Allen & Unwin is the country's largest independent publishing house, producing more than 250 new titles each year in areas as diverse as academic books, professional reference works, adult fiction, children's books and electronic publications.

The company was founded in Australia in 1976 and quickly built up a large and original publishing program. In 1990 it became an independent fully Australian-owned company.

With growth and stability unmatched in the industry, we have a strong nucleus of senior people who have been members of staff for many years and who can offer you the highest standards of editorial, design, production and marketing expertise. With this stable and professional environment, you can rest assured that your publishing experience with Allen & Unwin will be highly rewarding and successful.

Use the links to the left of this page to find more specific information about submitting your work to Allen & Unwin.



Important information about Allen & Unwin's and Murdoch Books' submission guidelines

Adult fiction and non-fiction and illustrated book submissions

Knowing it’s important to authors to have their manuscripts read as quickly as possible, ALL adult book submissions to Allen & Unwin will be read via our submission process, The Friday Pitch.

All unsolicited adult fiction and non-fiction and illustrated book manuscript submissions must be sent electronically to The Friday Pitch.

Hard copy submissions will not be accepted for consideration - any hard copy received will be recycled without assessment.

Please note: Allen & Unwin UK and Murdoch Books UK cannot accept any unsolicited manuscripts, in either electronic or printed form. No material will be returned.

Academic submissions

For submissions aimed at our academic list, please see our Academic submission guidelines.

Books for Children and Young Adults

For submissions aimed at children or young adults, please see our Children and Young Adults guidelines.

New Zealand Non-fiction Publishing

Allen & Unwin New Zealand currently accepts unsolicited non-fiction manuscripts. We have an extremely broad-ranging list, and are interested in covering topics that are exclusively New Zealand focused through to subjects of interest worldwide. At present we are not considering illustrated non-fiction, adult fiction or children’s manuscripts.

For more information on submissions to Allen & Unwin New Zealand please see our New Zealand Non-fiction Publishing page.