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At UQP, we publish print and ebooks across a range of subjects, from literary fiction, general non-fiction and poetry, to children’s and young adult books and academic works, and we strive to build the profile of existing and emerging Australian writers nationally and internationally.

However, we are a small publishing house, and so we are limited in the scope and number of submissions that we can consider.

Unsolicited manuscript genres we are currently accepting:

  • Academic in Indigenous issues
  • UQP’s two academic series: New Approaches to Peace and Conflict and Creative Economy and Innovation Culture

Unsolicited manuscript genres we do not currently accept (submissions in these genres must be made by a recognised literary agent or solicited by UQP):

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Children’s and Young Adult

Examples of genres we do not publish:

  • Travel Guides
  • Food & Lifestyle
  • Plays & Music Scores
  • Mind/Body/Spirit
  • Technical & Scientific Textbooks
  • Unrevised Theses & Conference Proceedings

Submitting a manuscript to UQP

If you would like to submit a manuscript in one of the genres we are currently accepting (see above), please send an email to submissions@uqp.uq.edu.au

In the email body text, include:

  • The title, genre and word count of your work
  • The market for your work (include comparison titles and authors, and the intended audience)
  • Information about the manuscript’s submission status (e.g. Has it been sent to other publishers to consider? Has this manuscript, or an earlier version of this manuscript, been sent to UQP to consider previously?)
  • A 1–2 sentence synopsis

As attachments, include:

  • Author CV (include information about any previous publishing history and/or writing awards received, as well as your postal address, phone number and email address)
  • A brief synopsis and/or chapter summary (include an overview of the entire story, including how it ends)
  • 3–4 sample chapters as a Word document or PDF that is double spaced and paginated

Please note that we can only consider emailed submissions. Hardcopy submissions cannot be accepted and will not be returned. Also, due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot accept follow-up phone calls, letters or emails regarding your submission.

Due to the fact that we are a small publishing house:

  • We are unable to acknowledge receipt of your manuscript.
  • We will notify you in due course about the outcome of your submission; however, we are unable to provide detailed comments on unsuccessful manuscripts.
  • It may take 3 to 6 months for unsolicited manuscripts to be considered. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Further help

Below are some tips that may be useful in writing your manuscript and finding a suitable publisher.

The Australian Writer’s Marketplace and the Australian Publishing Association’s Members’ Directory are helpful resources for writers that provide contact details for most publishers in Australia and detailed information about the types of books they publish.

Each publisher specialises in publishing particular genres. Before submitting to a publisher, research their previously published and forthcoming titles to make sure that your manuscript is a good match with their list. Publishers will not be able to consider manuscripts in genres that they do not publish.

Writers’ centres are a valuable resource for aspiring writers. They offer advice on how to get published, information on publishing opportunities and writing workshops. They also often provide manuscript development and assessment services. There are writers’ centres in all Australian states and territories:

ACT Writers Centre

NSW Writers’ Centre

NT Writers’ Centre

Queensland Writers Centre

South Australian Writers’ Centre

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Victorian Writers’ Centre

Writing WA

A number of other organisations can assist you in writing your manuscript and getting published. These include:

Australia Council - Literature
Australian Publishers Association
Australian Society of Authors

Australian Copyright Council



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