Affirm Press welcomes submissions from authors and agents.

Please follow our guidelines accurately. If you don’t, we’ll know you’re not serious.

We now only accept submissions on the first Monday of each month. Note that submissions received outside this window will not be assessed.

We accept general submissions to submissions@affirmpress.com.au and kids list submissions to kidssubmissions@affirmpress.com.au. Please scroll down to see guidelines on what we’re looking for across our general and kids lists.

We know that the publishing industry is tough to crack, and we applaud the courage of every creator who’s out there trying/crying. Thanks, and here’s hoping we’re a good fit!

General Submissions

Fiction submissions

We only accept Australian authors or authors based in Australia, and only manuscripts that haven’t been previously published.

We accept all literary and genre fiction. Please note, we don’t accept unsolicited short stories, poetry and/or novellas. 

Via email, please attach only one document, titled ‘[Manuscript Title], [Author Name]’ and containing the following, in order:

  • A one-sentence pitch identifying the genre and hook
  • Author bio and contact details (include previous publication credits)
  • Synopsis
  • First three chapters

Please use the email subject header: ‘Submission: [Manuscript Title], [Author Name]’.

Non-fiction submissions

For non-fiction, we are interested in most subjects that have a market as long as the manuscript is entertaining, engaging and likely to leave readers (and the world, even a teeny bit) better off for having existed.

If your book idea is non-narrative (relies on photographs or illustrations), just send us a pitch with some sample material and impress the hell out of us. Otherwise, follow the same directions as for fiction submissions above but also include a chapter outline after the synopsis. 

Please resist the temptation to call, because we’ll only discuss submissions by email and never over the phone. Maximum one submission per author.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, unfortunately we are unable to respond to everyone. If you haven’t heard back from us within six months of submission, please assume your manuscript is not right for us. While we’d love to be able to respond to each and every one of you, we simply don’t have enough hours in the day. Good luck!

Kids List Submissions

Children’s books

Our Kids team will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts for young readers of all ages – from babies to young adults. We publish bright, fun, quality books with humour and heart, so that’s what we’re looking for.

Illustrators

Please send us a PDF of your folio and/or a link to your website or Instagram. We’re after examples that show how you tackle character, movement, emotion, body language, landscape and a sense of narrative, as well as examples of the mediums you work with.

Authors

Please send us …

  • Your full picture-book manuscripts. We’re seeking original stories with a strong pitch.
  • The first three chapters of your Junior Fiction, Middle Grade and YA novels. Note that we’re particularly interested in finding new genre YA and Middle Grade books to publish.

Do not send us your…

  • Bribes
  • Rotten fruit
  • Teenage diaries. (Unless you think they’re of publishable quality.)

In lieu of a bio and synopsis, please answer the following three questions in your submission email.

  • In a few sentences, tell us about yourself as a writer/illustrator.
  • Describe your book in no more than 300 words, including the genre, readership and hook.
  • Which titles in the market is your book similar to – and what makes it different?

If you think you’ve got that all down, and your work has memorable characters, dramatic tension, a pleasing arc and a satisfying ending, please email us at: kidssubmissions@affirmpress.com.au

We’ve got big hearts but we’re a small team, so we’re only able to respond to successful submissions. If you haven’t heard back from us within six months, you can assume we have declined. Good luck!