Welcome to Manuscript Monday, a new initiative which is part of Pan Macmillan Australia's manuscript submission process. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting published, and have a story you’d like to pitch, here’s your chance to have it read by a publisher. No more navigating the slush pile! Every Monday we will accept submissions between 10am and 4pm that are sent electronically and comply with the guidelines set out below.
Commercial fiction – women’s fiction, thriller, crime, historical, humour, paranormal, fantasy; a story can have romantic elements but romance will not be assessed
Literary fiction and non-fiction – novels, short stories, and narrative non-fiction only
Children’s books and young adult – junior and middle grade fiction, young adult fiction; we are not accepting picture book submissions
Commercial non-fiction – history, memoir, mind body spirit, travel, health, diet, biography
Please familiarise yourself with what we publish at www.panmacmillan.com.au. We do not publish scripts, plays, poetry, or romance and will not assess them. Academic submissions are not accepted during Manuscript Monday. Please see www.macmillan.com.au for submission guidelines for academic publications to Macmillan Education.
1. Prepare the first three chapters of your manuscript (double spaced) and a synopsis (maximum 300 words) as separate Word documents, ensuring that they are clearly labelled with the title of your manuscript.
N.B. You are welcome to submit the first three chapters and synopsis of multiple manuscripts, but not from the same series. If you have a trilogy, for example, please submit only the first instalment.
2. Fill out the form below, indicating which genre your manuscript falls into.
3. Attach your Word documents (synopsis and first three chapters) below.
4. Send on a Monday between 10am and 4pm AEST.
Your manuscript will be read within three months of the date we receive it.
Please do not phone to follow up receipt. Unless the page returns an error, please assume that we have received your pitch.
The synopsis and first three chapters only of your emailed submissions will be read. We'll be in touch via email within three months if we want to read more. If you do not hear from us, we do not wish to take your pitch further.
No further correspondence will be entered into and we will not provide you with reasons for our decision or feedback on your submission.
On a Monday:
Fill in the form above.
Attach your double-spaced FIRST THREE CHAPTERS and a one-page synopsis (maximum 300 words) as a Word document.
Send the form - you will not receive acknowledgement that we've received your pitch. If you are successful we will contact you.