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Manuscript Monday

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! On the first Monday of every month we will accept submissions between 10am and 4pm that are sent electronically and comply with the guidelines set out below.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

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/crossover 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Please familiarise yourself with what we publish at www.panmacmillan.com.auWe do not publish scripts, plays, poetry, or romance and will not assess them.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.

What you need to do:

1. Prepare the first 100 pages (50 pages for Children’s) 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 100 pages 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 100 pages) below.

4. Send on the first Monday of the month between 10am and 4pm AEST.

Your manuscript will be read within three months of the date we receive it.

 

The terms you agree to by participating in Manuscript Monday:

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 one hundred pages 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.

Final checklist

On the first Monday of the month:

Fill in the form above.

Attach your double-spaced 100 pages manuscript 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.

Good luck!