Manuscript Policy

Submissions windows

Scribe accepts unsolicited and unagented submissions. However, to help us cope with the volume of submissions we receive, we now only accept unsolicited submissions during seasonal three-month windows:

1 January through to 31 March
1 July through to 30 September

Any submissions received outside these periods will be neither read nor responded to.  

Criteria for eligible submissions

We are a trade-publishing house (that is, we publish books for general readers that are made available nationally and internationally through the book trade). Accordingly, we only consider proposals for books of this nature. We are generally interested in literary fiction, crime fiction, and serious non-fiction.

Please note that, at present, we do not accept poetry, plays, young adult fiction, individual short stories, or children’s picture books for Scribble (see the Scribble site for their submission window).

You must be able to provide evidence of having previously written for general readers.

If you are submitting non-fiction, please list your previous non-fiction publications:

  • books published by trade publishers, or
  • articles — not letters — published in newspapers or in journalistic outlets such as Good Weekend or The Monthly.

If you are submitting fiction, please list your previous fiction publications:

  • books of fiction published by trade publishers, or
  • short stories published in literary journals or magazines, or
  • you have received awards or commendations for your writing, or
  • you have a recommendation from a published author.

We encourage all who submit to familiarise themselves with our list. If you can see your work sitting alongside other Scribe titles, and you and your work qualify for submission, we look forward to reading your submission. 

Please note that we only accept submissions in electronic format (PDF or Word doc). Hard copy submissions will not be considered.

How to submit

If you meet the eligibility criteria, please do not call, but submit your manuscript through our submissions portal, here, during one of our submissions windows.

You’ll need to have ready a PDF or Word document of your manuscript (complete or chapters), a short synopsis, and a brief bio including your publishing and awards history.

Please note that if your submission fails to meet our criteria, we will not read it.

When you send us your submission, you will receive an automatic reply acknowledging receipt of your submission. We will respond to your submission once we’ve considered it (within six months). Due to the large number of manuscripts we receive, we are unable to provide individual editorial advice.