Thursday, April 30, 2015

Publisher Pan Macmillan Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts - No Agent Needed

Pan Macmillan Australia is accepting electronic manuscript submissions directly from writers between 10am and 4pm the first Monday of every month as part of its manuscript submission process.

Pan Macmillan is a major Australian publisher with a wide range of titles under group imprints, including Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum, Momentum, Macquarie Dictionary Publishers, Pancake, St Martin's Press, Tor, Forge, Griffin and Sidgwick & Jackson.

It publishes commercial and literary fiction, children's and YA fiction, picture books, Australiana, history, biographies, cooking, health and self-help, sports and travel. It also handles sales for Guinness World Records.

Like Pan Macmillan several Australian publishers have opened their doors to unagented submissions.

HarperCollins accepts submissions from writers worldwide on Wednesdays, and Allen & Unwin accepts submissions every Friday.

Please note that Sydney, Australia is 14 hours ahead of New York, and 9 hours ahead of London.

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From the website:

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.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 We do not publish scripts, plays, poetry, or romance and will not assess them.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.

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 installment.

2. Fill out the form below [on website], indicating which genre your manuscript falls into.

3. Attach your Word documents (synopsis and required 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.

Click HERE for full guidelines.

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