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What Highlight Publishing is looking for


We publish:

  • Literary
  • General
  • Women's
  • Romance
  • Young adult
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Some selected non-fiction will be considered


We do not want short stories, short story collections, novellas, poetry, or novels in other genres. The average length of the titles we publish varies but is almost never less than 80,000 words.

When our list is open, we accept unsolicited submissions that meet our guidelines.

We require authors to work with a reputable manuscript service (recommended by the state Writers Centres) to get their work to the stage where it is ready to be published. For decades, it has been the author's financial responsibility to ensure manuscripts are structurally tight and error free.

Our editors will review the final submission for publication but will not undertake detailed editing or further developmental work with the author.

How to submit


Send us a pitch (no more than 300 words), a synopsis (150-200 words) with the logline as the first paragraph of the synopsis, and the first 15000 words of the manuscript with a cover letter. We prefer electronic submissions in pdf, .doc or .docx format but do accept letter-quality computer-generated printed manuscripts. Please use Times New Roman 12 pitch font for all writing.

Authors offering their work to Highlight Publishing for consideration must provide an error free copy of their manuscript, the contact details of the professional editor with whom they have worked, and a copy of a recent professional manuscript assessment from a reputable manuscript service. Contact details of the manuscript service also need to be provided.

The manuscript assessment in itself is not a guarantee of publication, but it will get your manuscript considered.

The publishing industry is highly competitive. It is a business, not a philanthropic literary enterprise. Accordingly, Highlight Publishing only accept manuscripts that demonstrate quality storytelling and exploration of the human condition in the respective genre and that have prospect of sufficient sales to make each project financially viable.

We recommend any of the following professional manuscript services:

Writers Victoria Manuscript Assessment Service

Books and the Bear

Driftwood Manuscript Services

Lynk Manuscript Assessment Service

Manuscript Appraisal Agency


The manuscript must be on A4-size pages, double-spaced, with at least 2cm wide margins all around. Please print single-sided, number your pages consecutively, and put the title of your novel at the top of each page. Manuscripts should always be unbound. Please type your name, address and phone number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript. Right under this, please put the length of your manuscript in number of words.

Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your submission for our correspondence. We ask that you only send us disposable copies of your manuscript, which will be recycled in the event they are not found suitable for publication. We regret that we are no longer able to return submitted manuscript copies, as the process resulted in unnecessary expense.

Before publication, your work by law is copyright protected. When published, we will copyright the book in the author's name and register that copyright with the National Library of Australia.

Manuscript submission options


By Email

If submitting via email please send your submission to the email address below:

Send your manuscript file as an email attachment, using "New Submission" as a subject heading. If your manuscript is larger than 10mb please use the Dropbox option instead.

By Post

If submitting by post please send your submission to:


PO BOX 187

Fyshwick ACT 2609



If submitting via Dropbox please follow the link below:


This is our preferred method 


It may require up to three months or more for our editors to review a submission and come to a decision. If you want to be sure we have received your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard that we will return when your manuscript is logged in.

A literary agent is not required for submission.

Before publication, your work by law is copyright protected. When published, we will copyright the book in the author's name and register that copyright with the National Library of Australia.





If you need more information, just email us or call (02) 6108 3624 from 9am - 4pm.