Unless indicated otherwise, assume these are for Australian authors only, though some websites don't say. I will mention it if a publishing house takes authors from other countries.
open to all authors across the world
Looking for: adult fiction, commercial women's fiction, erotica, romance, YA fiction. Non-fiction including memoirs, biographies, narrative histories and illustrated non-fiction.
NOT accepting: plays, poetry, short stories, essays, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children's books and educational texts.
Every Wednesday, you are given the opportunity to submit your manuscript here (pdf or doc format). They want a synopsis, first 50 pages or first 3 chapters of your manuscript and 150 words about yourself.
Random House Australia
Accepts: Fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers and popular non-fiction: biography, travel narrative, popular culture, biography, memoirs. Will also accept parenting, health, mind body and spirit, soft business and self-help, cooking, lifestyle.
DOES NOT accept: poetry, educational material or short stories
They want a hard copy sent to them (details here): 50 pages or a few chapters of your manuscript, a cover letter (see above link about that) and a synopsis.
Writing for kids and you live in New Zealand as well as Australia? Not to worry! They have a separate section for children's manuscripts. Follow this link. For these submissions, you will need to send your whole manuscript in an email as a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .txt. They also want a cover letter, a synopsis/blurb and a bit about yourself. Read the link for more details.
Penguin Books Australia
DOES NOT accept: poetry, educational textbooks or plays/scripts
From the 1st to the 7th of each month, you can email your whole manuscript as a word document (along with a short synopsis) to them. Make sure you read the full details on their site.
Currently they are not accepting children or young adult manuscripts but they did previously so fingers crossed...? ;)
Destiny Romance (part of Penguin)
New Zealand authors also accepted.
On the hunt for: historical (Regency) romance, contemporary romance featuring high-powered men and women, medical romance and erotic romance
Accepts: 25 000 - 100 000+ words and romance in these sub-genres: contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and erotica
DOES NOT accept: non-fiction, children's or poetry
Online/electronic submission only. Full manuscript required. Not sure of the format but assume .doc is safe. Details here.
Accepts: fiction and non-fiction
DOES NOT accept: young adult, children's, poetry, self-help, screenplays or academic submissions
They want the first 50 pages or first 3 chapters of your manuscript script via email (Word documents only, no .pdf). Cover letter and bio also required. Details here.
Allen & Unwin
Not interested in: poetry, category romance, adult fantasy, science fiction, short stories or scripts
Email submission, allows pdf for illustrated manuscripts. First chapter wanted only. Details here!
Children's & Young Adult
Beginner readers, aged 5-7, word length 5,000-10,000
Confident readers, aged 7-9, word length 10,000-25,000
Middle-grade readers, aged 10-13, word length 25,000-50,000
Aged 14+, word length 50,000-100,000
Accepts: fiction AND non-fiction, but the latter has to have a narrative
Not interested in: picture book texts, poetry or short stories
First chapter of your manuscript sent as a word document. Send by email along with a synopsis. Details here.
New Zealand authors - you have your own section on Allen & Unwin! Read about it here.
Pan Macmillan Australia
Looking for: commercial fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, commercial non-fiction, children's
DOES NOT accept: picture books, scripts, plays poetry or romance (romantic elements allowed, but not romance).
On the first Monday of every month, between 10am and 4pm, you can upload a submission here. Word documents only. Send a synopsis and the first 100 pages of your manuscript (50 pages for children's).
There are probably a few lower key publishing houses that I didn't have the time to look into. I hope this list is a good resource for you. :)
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.