Submitting a Manuscript

Big Sky Publishing is proud to promote and support Australian authors and illustrators.  We want to discover and publish books with strong, high quality writing and wide appeal, primarily in the non-fiction and children's book market.

Big Sky Publishing is currently accepting manuscripts in the following areas only: true crime, history, military history, self-help, children's books, auto/biography, business, careers, environment, how to/practical, health, and lifestyle.

Submission guidelines

Please note we only accept submissions emailed to  We receive  a significant number of submissions every week and it is important that you provide us with the following information in the email to allow us to properly assess your manuscript and give it the best chance of success: 

  • In the email subject line, highight the manuscript title and category  eg Children's Early Reader 5 - 7 years; Military History - Gallipoli, True Crime etc
  • Provide a brief synopsis of the book
  • Identify who your book is written for and identify  the market for it, including size and demographics
  • An overview of similar books in the market, and how your book differs
  • A brief tagline for your book that would entice someone to read it
  • Your writing experience and a brief bio
  • Attach the complete manuscript and include the word count. (While full manuscripts are preferred, in some cases we will consider the first four chapters.  Professionally edited manuscripts are looked at favourably).

We  endeavour to send confirmation emails to all submissions, but please be patient.  We receive a large amount of submissions every week.  Please allow approximately 3-6 months for us to fully assess the work.  We will normally contact you within 6 months if we are able to progress further with your book.  It is also important to remember that we only publish a limited number of books each year, and as a result unfortunately we have to pass on some high quality books.

Generally, we are not able to provide you feedback if we decide your submission is not suitable for our list. If you would like a constructive report on your manuscript, it could be useful to have a manuscript assessment done. There are a number of Manuscript Assessment Services available see resource section below for further information.

Submission Notes

It is important that you ensure that your manuscript is as close to perfect as it can be before sending it to us. We can't stress this highly enough. A manuscript will generally only get one chance with a publishing house, so you need to make sure it's as finished as possible before you send it out. Participate in writing groups, go on writing courses and workshops, show it to people whose opinion you trust, find a mentor, and consider getting it professionally assessed by a manuscript appraisal service or professional editor. It is certainly a positive factor to have a professionally edited manuscript to present.

Please don't send us updates or changes once it is submitted, as they won't be considered. If, once your manuscript is already with us, you feel you would like to make changes, it is better to withdraw it from our consideration process until you are sure it is as finished and polished as possible.


If we do decide to take on your manuscript, we will make you an offer for publication. If you accept the offer, we proceed with the production, design, marketing, publicity and distribution of your book.

Further Information

If you would like further information about writing and getting published here are some useful resources:


Please email submissions to in the first instance.  If for some reason you believe it necessary to post your submission, please mail to this address:
Big Sky Publishing

Chief Editor

PO Box 52,

Wavell Heights,

QLD, 4012


For general inquires in the first instance you can email:

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