Calling all writers – do you want to be published?


Two of the world’s leading publishers – HarperCollins and Allen & Unwin – have opened their doors to unsolicited submissions from both unpublished and emerging writers.

HarperCollins has an online submissions scheme called The Wednesday Post, which they say is “ready to uncover the best voices writing today.”

They’re inviting unsolicited manuscript submissions from aspiring authors in “Australia, New Zealand and around the world.”

“Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house,” says HarperCollins.

Every Wednesday, they accept submissions through their website. They add: “If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within three weeks.”

HarperCollins are currently looking for adult fiction and non-fiction including novels (all genres), memoirs, biographies, narrative histories, young adult, popular science and illustrated non-fiction. All entries will be considered for both print and ebook publication as well as digital-only publication. Click here for more info.

The Friday Pitch

Allen & Unwin, an independent Australian publishing house, say they “know how difficult it can be for writers to get their work in front of publishers, which is why we’ve been running our innovative and pioneering Friday Pitch service for the last 6 years.”

With the the Friday Pitch, Allen & Unwin  say they are giving new and emerging writers a chance to have their work read by their publishers “within a reasonable time.”

They are on the hunt for fiction, non-fiction and illustrated submissions. Interested writers are asked to email a short synopsis or outline of their chapters and contents, and the first chapter of the manuscript along with related illustrations if relevant To the Friday Pitch.

“If we like what we read, and want to read more, we will get back to you within a fortnight,” said Allen & Unwin. They didn’t indicate whether they accept international submissions. Click here for more info.

Here are some more publishing and book-promotion options::

Baen Books – they publish only science fiction and fantasy and welcome unsolicited submissions from new writers. Query letters are not necessary. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred (via their submission form) and they also prefer to see complete manuscripts accompanied by a synopsis. Their response time, however, is usually within 9 to 12 months. Click here for more info.

Peachtree Publishing accepts unsolicited submissions. They publish Children’s fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, middle readers and young adult books, education, parenting, self-help, and health books of interest to the general trade. Send the full manuscript for children’s picture books, and for all others, send either full manuscript or table of contents plus three sample chapters. Send query letters along with the manuscripts. Click here.

The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency says they are very excited to see new work, adding, “ We consider work from everyone, and every year we take new clients based on their unsolicited submissions, including clients with no prior credits, recommendations or other kudos. “ They are actively looking for established and new writers in a wide range of genres, including thrillers, mysteries, children’s, romance, women’s fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction. Read more. has discovered 15 places where self-published authors can promote their work for free. They collected more information about the sites in a simple directory with links to the submission pages. Click here for more info.

From – “Penguin Random House has recently relaunched its writing community Book Country, opening it up to authors working in more genres, and adding an ebook store for those interested in self-publishing.” Read more

4 responses to “Calling all writers – do you want to be published?

  1. This move by Harper Collins and Allen & Unwin is quite an interesting development. Could it be the result of more and more writers opting to self-publish or work with small presses?

    Thanks for sharing. Will share your post with my fellow writers.

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