The Friday Pitch: Adult fiction, non-fiction & illustrated books

Adult Fiction, Non-fiction and Illustrated Submissions

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Allen & Unwin publish a wide range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction for adults, and are always on the lookout for new stories and storytellers to add to our list.  See detailed examples of the kinds of books we publish listed on our website under About Allen & Unwin >What we Publish.

Through The Friday Pitch, Allen & Unwin has discovered several bestselling authors, including Fleur McDonald, Helen Brown, Mary Groves, Therese Creed, Karly Lane, Danielle Hawkins and many more.

We are not currently interested in assessing poetry, category romance, adult fantasy, science fiction, short stories or scripts.

Great Aussie life (or part-of-life) stories

At Allen and Unwin we know people love reading autobiographies and memoirs by Australians who've had interesting or eventful lives. We've had huge success with Jacqueline Hammar's fascinating autobiography, Daughter of the Territory, about living in some of the remotest reaches of the Northern Territory; Anh Do's phenomenal bestselling memoir, The Happiest Refugee, about his family's escape to Australia from war-torn Vietnam, the poverty they endured, and his inspirational rise to the top of Australian comedy; Rebecca Starford's Bad Behaviour, a gripping account of the bullying she both witnessed and endured at an elite country boarding school; Paul Carter's hilarious bestseller Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse; Larissa Dubecki's Prick With a Fork, a highly revealing account of the hijinks Larissa saw during her ten years as a waitress; Peter Moore's My Droving Days about the experiences he had and the larger-than-life characters he met as a long-distance drover; Munjed Al Muderis's Walking Free about escaping a death sentence in Iraq, surviving the Australian refugee system and becoming a leading orphopaedic surgeon; plus many many more Australian stories by people from all walks of life.

If you have had an interesting, funny or downright bizarre life - or period of your life - and can write about it in an entertaining way, then simply send the first chapter and a synopsis to Friday Pitch with the words 'Australian Memoir' in the subject line. If we think your story is entertaining, your writing is strong and there are commercial possibilities for your memoir then we'll get back to you!

HOW TO SUBMIT

  1. In your email subject line, indicate the genre of your piece (i.e. fiction, non-fiction or illustrated), and a couple of words about the subject area.
  2. Copy and paste the relevant Title Information Sheet for your genre into the email body, and fill in the requested information.
  3. Attach a double-spaced FIRST CHAPTER and a 300 word SYNOPSIS as a word document (or PDF if illustrated)
  4. Send your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not send us hardcopy submissions of your work. We are unable to return them and any hard copies submitted to us for Friday Pitch will be recycled.

TITLE INFORMATION SHEET


For fiction submissions:

Title:


Author:


Commercial or literary fiction?


What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?


List any previous publishing history and/or any awards or residencies (eg at Varuna) you've received:


If commercial fiction, what genre would you categorise it as (eg fantasy, crime, thriller, chick lit etc)?


 

For non-fiction submissions:

Title:


Author:


Category (eg health, history, current affairs):


What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?


Tell us why you are the right person to write this book?


Do you have an expertise in the area?


List any previous publishing history and/or any awards or residencies (eg at Varuna) you've received:


 

For illustrated submissions:

Title:


Author:


Category (eg, Food, Craft, Gardening):


What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?


Tell us why you are the right person to write this book?


Do you have an expertise in the area?


List any previous publishing history and/or any awards you've received:


 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

When you send us your submission, you’ll receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt. No other acknowledgement will be sent to you.

Should Allen & Unwin wish to pursue your project, we will be in contact with you via email within the fortnight. Please note that we do not send individual acceptance or rejection letters. If you do not hear from us, please assume that we do not wish to pursue your manuscript for our lists. No further correspondence will be entered into and we will not provide you with reasons for our decision.

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