Listed below are Australian journals and publishers, as well as international publications who are currently open for submissions. Guidelines can change regularly, so check their websites for the latest information.
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AUSTRALIAN JOURNALS + PUBLICATIONS
An award-winning print publication about sexuality, gender and identity. It is published twice-yearly in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on lesser-heard voices and the uniqueness of our experiences.
Welcomes flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Contributors are paid $125.
Provides weekly online commentary on emerging social and political issues. It accepts unsolicited submissions of 800-1200 words.
Science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories that are of a “speculative” nature are considered.
Australian Book Review
ABR is one of Australia’s major cultural magazines, presenting high-quality journalism and new writing.
Baby Teeth Journal
A literature and multi-media arts journal, supporting emerging artists.
The Big Issue
An independent magazine that publishes informative and entertaining articles on a variety of subjects including arts and entertainment, street culture, lifestyle and personal profiles, as well as fiction.
Accepts poetry and short fiction in the magical realism genre.
Cordite Poetry Review accepts poetry on an ongoing basis, as well as peer-reviewed research on Australian and international poetry and poetics.
An online publication that exclusively works with and publishes Bla(c)k creatives and other creatives of colour (POC).
A bi-monthly magazine that celebrates and inspires a community of creatively inclined, curious and kind-hearted people, featuring interviews, rants, and research pieces.
Accepts essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, memoir, visual essays and poetry.
Going Down Swinging
Publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, commentary, essays, comics, poetry and experimental work online.
A new online magazine that seeks to publish the best poetry and short fiction.
Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
Island welcomes submissions from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Australians living abroad, of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Kill Your Darlings
KYD is an eclectic online magazine of commentary, essays, interviews, fiction and reviews.
Liminal magazine is an online space for the exploration, interrogation and celebration of the Asian-Australian experience.
One of Australia’s oldest homes for new writing. Publishes Australian fiction, essays, long-form journalism, poetry, memoir, interviews, and more.
Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing non-fiction articles each week day.
The Penny Mint
A community for passionate young writers, amplifying new voices and providing a platform to publish, perform and perfect their words.
Right Now Magazine
Accepts pitches on human rights issues in Australia. Unpaid.
Submissions are open the first week of every month, publishing feminist-friendly work under 2000 words, fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Publishing evocative, concise stories and short memoir based around a song.
Accepts poems, short stories, flash fiction and reviews, prioritizing unpublished writers.
Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians.
Publishes short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, artwork, essays and literary criticism.
An independent Melbourne-based publisher dedicated to publishing great Australian stories, big ideas, and engaging local and international authors.
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin is Australia’s leading independent publisher and is the 2020 Publisher of the Year. The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of their in-house Submission Editors.
Bad Apple Press
Specialises in telling great stories by Australian authors.
Black Inc. Books
Accepts general and commercial non-fiction – including history, current affairs, sports, and biography – and literary and commercial fiction.
A boutique, independent Australian publisher, publishing fiction and non-fiction books by Australian and New Zealand authors under four imprints.
A platform to amplify great storytelling, welcoming submissions from first-time Australian authors, across all genres of fiction (especially Australian-based genre fiction).
Publishes fiction and nonfiction, with a focus on resilience and survival, history, strong women, and the transgression of boundaries and breaking down of barriers.
Giramondo Publishing Company
An independent, Australian, university-based literary publisher of award-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, renowned for the quality of its writing, editing and book design, accepting unsolicited submissions.
A new, Adelaide-based small publisher.
One of Australia’s largest publishers, welcoming submissions from fiction, non-fiction and children’s book writers who are residents of Australia or New Zealand.
A creative global publisher of quality, stylish, cutting-edge books. Not currently open to unsolicited submissions, but check back.
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing
Accepts fresh, exciting and well-written stories that kids and teenagers will love to read.
While HarperCollins only considers material submitted by literary agents, they do accept entries to the Banjo Prize, find out more here. HarperCollins publishes fiction (commercial, literary, science fiction and fantasy) and general nonfiction, including biography/autobiography, memoir, history, health/wellness, sport, politics, culture, lifestyle, cookery and humour.
A new publishing imprint for Allen & Unwin, curated by Nakkiah Lui, publishing books across all genres with the hope of finding a home for “the voices that get pushed to the fringes”
Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house, accepts a limited number of unsolicited manuscripts directly from authors and literary agents.
A new Adelaide-based small press publishing new and unknown writers and ‘unusual’ topics.
Melbourne University Publishing
MUP accepts political, history and current affairs submission; illustrated art and lifestyle books and the best in Australian academic research and writing.
Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high-quality titles. Submit fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and YA.
Penguin Random House Australia
From future classics to cherished favourites, PRH champion emerging voices and bring readers the highest-quality books from established, award-winning and bestselling authors. PRH Australia comprises an adult publishing division and a children’s publishing division, see guidelines for each.
Home to the next generation of talented Australian writers, Pantera Press is proudly all about great storytelling.
Scribe accepts unsolicited and un-agented submissions in a three week window, in 2021: 1 April through to 21 April
1 September through to 21 September.
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster are currently not accepting unsolicited material including manuscripts, but will consider agented work; they publish and distribute a variety of books in Australia and New Zealand across a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books under local and international imprints.
An independent, Melbourne-based publisher of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction.
Thames & Hudson Australia
Publish Australian illustrated, children’s books and narrative nonfiction in the following areas: arts (fine or decorative), history (Australian, natural or cultural), architecture, science, design, fashion, gardens, photography and popular culture.
Ultimo Press is an independent publisher established in 2020 with the simple ambition to become home to Australia’s best storytellers; they accept submissions of general literary fiction and nonfiction.
UQP publishes books across non-fiction (history, politics, current affairs, biography and memoir, environmental issues); literary fiction, including short stories; children’s and young adult (YA) books (fiction and non-fiction); and poetry.
UWAP shares stories, research and education with the world to encourage thought, inspire action and create and connect with engaged communities, publishing award-winning fiction, non-fiction and scholarly works.
Sydney-based independent book publisher.
A leading independent publishing company based in Adelaide, publishing literary and popular fiction, young adult fiction, history, biography, art, poetry, food, wine, the environment, education and true life.
Publishes books for children including picture books, early readers and middle fiction.
The American Reader
Bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism.
An online zine of fantastical fiction, accepting short stories.
Asimov’s Science Fiction
An established market for science fiction stories, pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words.
Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organisation that aims to bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publishes inspirational, true stories about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences.
An award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles, and audio fiction
Accepts nonfiction from emerging and unpublished writers, rom immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
One of the major magazines of the genre. They pay 8-12 cents a word.
The Fiction Desk
A short story publisher specialising in anthologies of new short fiction from debut and established authors, based in the UK.
Granta is committed to championing new voices and is open to unsolicited submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, for both print and online publication.
Harvard Review Online
Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews.
International OCD Foundation
Welcomes submissions from those living with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or a related disorder, including BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder), their family/friends, researchers, and medical professionals.
A digital science fiction and fantasy magazine, publishing short stories and novellas.
The Moderate Review
Established in 2020, The Moderate is a lynx eye dedicated to discovering and promoting new voices in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art in all its forms.
Accepts previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialization.
A print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly.
The New Yorker
One of the most prestigious publications in the world, accepting fiction and poetry submissions.
Publishes one literary fiction story at a time. Submission periods: January 15th – May 31st and September 7th – November 14th.
California’s oldest literary journal. Publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art and emerging voices.
A UK-based literary magazine.
An online speculative/ SF magazine, accepting short story, nonfiction, poetry, and novella submissions.
Accepts poetry, non-fiction and short fiction.
The Zodiac Review
An online, semi-annual literary magazine presenting short fiction by both emerging and established authors.