Penguin wants your manuscript! Children's & YA books

Penguin wants your manuscript! Children's & YA books Posted Wednesday 16th May, 2012

This is a BIG opportunity! Publisher Penguin Books Australia is calling for manuscripts for children's and young adult (YA) books, from now until 31 July.

If you have a draft, or just the seed of a children's book in you, you can get it written during the Centre's three-session course with one of Australia's most successful children's authors, Sally Odgers.  Saturday afternoons, starting this Saturday 19 May;  2 June;  16 June.  She's extraordinarily smart and it's a practical, hands-on course. Click here to read about the course.

Details follow on the submission process to Penguin. 

From the Penguin Books Australia website, 16 May 2012


The Books for Children and Young Adults (BCYA) division of Penguin Group (Australia) is the leading publisher of books for young people in this country. We produce picture books, story books, novels and some non-fiction works. We publish over 100 titles every year, ranging from books for very young children to publications for adolescents and beyond.

We are currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts from now until the end of July 2012. (Please note we are unable to accept submissions after July but will re-open the site in October.)

We receive many thousands of manuscripts each year and only a very small percentage do get published. With that said, some of the names we know and love started out in the unsolicited pile and we understand that hidden gems can be discovered there.

Please note below, we are no longer sending individual responses for every manuscript submission. However, we would like to assure all aspiring authors that every submission is read and its potential carefully assessed.

Read through our guidelines carefully, as incorrectly submitted work will be automatically deleted.

Good luck!

The BCYA Submission Process:

When you send your submission in to us, we will acknowledge we have received it by sending an automatic response email. From here, your manuscript will be read by an editor and assessed. Due to the large amount of manuscripts we receive, if you are unsuccessful you will not hear anything more from us regarding your submission, and we are unable to give personal feedback.

Important Note: Only one submission will be considered per three-month period from the same author. If you submit more than one story your entire submission will be deleted without response.

Please send all submissions electronically to

Note: We only accept submissions via email and any submissions sent via post will not be considered or returned. Any adult submissions will not be accepted and general enquiries will not be responded to from this email.

All manuscript submission files must be under 3MB in total and clearly named following the structure below:

Title by Author name MS (for manuscript files) – Word document or PDF.

Title by Author name SYN (for synopsis files) – Word document or PDF.

Title by Author name CVR (for cover letter files) – Word document or PDF.

Title by Author name ART (for artwork files) – JPEG or PDF file/s.

Put your name and the title of your work in the subject heading of your email. All files should be included in the one email. Do not use symbols in the subject line – ie &,?,!,(,), “,”,/,\.

Novels are to be submitted as a Word document and should be accompanied by a pitch letter with full contact details and brief author biography. Please also provide a synopsis of no more than a page in length; unless the project is for a series or trilogy, in which case we would expect a succinct outline for each title and acknowledge this might run to more than one page.

Picture book texts should be submitted as Word documents, with accompanying letter as per the above. Text can be accompanied by artwork but is not necessarily a requirement.

Artwork submissions and samples should be supplied as scans saved in JPEG format or PDF file/s with an accompanying covering letter. Please do not send files bigger than 3MB in total. Any oversize files will be automatically deleted without response. ZIP files are not accepted.

Penguin Books (Australia) undertakes to assess unsolicited manuscript submissions within a three-to four-month period from receipt of email. If you have not received a second response after this period, it may be assumed that we have declined to pursue the submission any further.

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