Submit a Manuscript

Summer break: please be aware that Fremantle Press will not receive unsolicited manuscripts between 19 December 2014 and 2 March 2015.

Fremantle Press welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from authors of Western Australian origin or whose main place of residence is Western Australia. Work by non–Western Australian authors will be considered when the subject matter has a strong Western Australian focus.

Submission Process

Receipt of submissions will only be acknowledged where an email address is supplied.

We endeavour to assess all submissions within 3 months but occasionally it may take longer. We reply to all submissions and will contact you as soon as a decision has been made. Please resist calling to ask how your submission is faring—when there is news you will be the first to hear.

We receive over 600 manuscripts each year and generally cannot provide individual feedback or assistance in the early stages of manuscript development. If you would like further information about writing and getting published we suggest you visit the website of writingWA.

Fremantle Press does not consider submissions in the genres of fantasy, romance and graphic novels.

Submission Guidelines

Non-Fiction – Adult

Please send:

  • An outline including a table of contents and brief chapter summaries.
  • 3 sample chapters or 10,000 words, whichever is greater. If there is interest, a fuller submission may be called for.
  • A brief author bio listing publication history, awards, relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Samples of visual material (photos, illustrations, maps etc) where applicable. Copies only please. In the case of photography books, high resolution photographs are essential.
  • A brief description of intended readership with explanation of how your book differs from others in the same field or market.

Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction – Adult

Please send:

  • A covering letter including a brief description of the work.
  • An author bio with publication history and awards.
  • A brief statement concerning intended readership or market.
  • 30,000 words of text. If there is interest, the full text will be called for.
  • Table of contents where applicable.


Due to a large number of strong submissions, no further poetry manuscripts can be considered at the present time.

Please send:

  • A covering letter including a brief description of the work and an author bio with publication history and awards. If performance is an important element of the work, please list recent performances and readings.
  • A minimum of 60 pages of poems (one poem to a page).

Children’s Books

We publish picture books, junior fiction and young adult fiction. We do not publish non-fiction or poetry for children.

Please send:

  • A covering letter including a brief description of the work.
  • An author bio with publication history and awards.
  • A brief statement concerning intended readership or market.
  • The complete text.
  • In the case of picture books, unless you are also an illustrator it is not necessary to send illustrations. If you do wish to submit illustrative material please send copies only.

Presentation and Return of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should have a title page listing manuscript title, author, contact person (if not the author), postal address, email address (if available) and phone number.

Manuscripts should be typed, page numbered and printed on one side of A4 paper. Submissions via email or disc CANNOT be considered.

Please DO NOT send original artwork or photographs. We prefer to receive photocopies of all visual material in the first instance.

Please DO NOT send the sole copy of your work. While every care is taken, Fremantle Press cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of submission material.

Please indicate if you wish your submission material to be returned by post, collected or recycled. If you require its return by post, please supply a stamped self-addressed envelope of appropriate size.

Submissions should be sent to:

The Publisher
Fremantle Press
PO Box 158
North Fremantle 6159

(Street address: 25 Quarry Street Fremantle)

The City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award

The 2014 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award is administered by writingWA. Submissions for the 2014 award open on Tuesday 25 March and close on Monday 30 June 2014. The prize is awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a previously unpublished Western Australian author. Winners receive a cash prize of $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. Please do not contact Fremantle Press regarding this award. For all queries and entry forms please go to the writingWA website

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