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.

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.

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.