What are our Publishers looking for?
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin is Australia's leading independent publisher and has been voted ‘Publisher of the Year’ thirteen times including the inaugural award in 1992 and eleven times since 2000. In this year's Varuna Publisher Introduction Program, we're looking for commercial and literary fiction hoping to find writers whose books will sit aside some of our bestselling authors such as Charlotte Wood, Kate Morton, Alex Miller, Holly Throsby, Chris Hammer and Michelle de Kretser. We're also searching for compelling narrative non-fiction particularly in areas such as history and biography.
Black Inc. is an independent Australian publisher of quality nonfiction and fiction, including the Quarterly Essay series. We love stories, and are passionate about discovering new Australian writers and developing their careers. Our authors include Alice Pung, Anna Krien, Benjamin Law, David Marr, Ryan O'Neill, Kate Holden and Meshel Laurie. We are looking for arresting narrative nonfiction, whether it be memoir, journalism, history, biography, politics or environmental writing; commercial nonfiction with a strong hook; and distinctive literary fiction with a strong voice.
At Hardie Grant, we have a long history of breaking out new voices, and are always hunting for compelling ideas and brilliant stories to inform and entertain readers of all ages. For Varuna’s Publisher Introduction Program, we are particularly interested in narrative non-fiction and biography for our adult list. For our children’s list, we’re seeking fiction for middle-grade (readers aged 9+) and YA (12+) readers, and manuscripts and proposals for commercial junior fiction series (6-9 years).
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
HarperCollins is Australia's oldest publisher, with a rich literary legacy behind us. We are looking to continue that legacy by publishing fresh new Australian voices across fiction and non-fiction. In fiction, we're after strong voices and compelling stories across all adult genres, and authors we can work with to build a career. In non-fiction, we are looking for stories that make us think, make us question and make us feel.
Pan Macmillan Australia publishes a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high quality titles. We publish under the imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers. We are committed to investing in Australian authors and stories, and our local publishing program covers a broad range of genres. These include but are not limited to commercial and literary fiction, children’s and young adult (YA) fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, autobiography and biography, history, true crime, sport, cooking and lifestyle. Find out more at our website: www.panmacmillan.com.au
Penguin Random House
Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program is a wonderful opportunity to read new voices. We’re looking for fiction (no science fiction or fantasy) and narrative non-fiction featuring a strong voice, interesting ideas and confident storytelling.
University of Queensland Press (UQP)
We are interested in Australian works of adult fiction, issues-based and narrative non-fiction and literary young adult fiction. We are always looking for innovative and imaginative books. Working with Varuna and their upcoming writers is a great way for UQP to search for new Australian talent and to keep involved with the local writing community. UQP is a proud publisher of Australian authors so it’s nice to be able to read new voices that are supported through Varuna’s amazing program.
UWA Publishing is particularly interested in fiction and non-fiction for adult readers, with a big interest in genre-crossing and literary works that are hard to categorise. It is the quality of the language and expression and the play associated that interests us most.