If you’re an author in New Zealand who wants to publish a book the traditional way, without the need for a literary agent, this post is just for you.
Below you will find 21 top New Zealand Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts.
Are you looking to get your works published by a platform that has worked with iconic authors like HG Wells, CS Lewis and Agatha Christie? If your answer is yes, HarperCollins is exactly where you need to go. Established in 1819 by William Collins & Sons, this publication has a rich heritage that dates back to more than 200 years. In 1888, the makers decided to form a new branch in New Zealand due to the growing demand of educational texts. Within the next two decades, their business was already booming, and by 1960, they ended up publishing best-selling titles like ‘New Zealand’ by Captain Cook and ‘Colin Meads’ by Alex Veysey. As of now, HarperCollins publishes hundreds of titles every year ranging from fiction to children’s novels; art books to educational texts. In case you’re looking to get your works published by them, send a short synopsis and a sample chapter of your book via email. You can contact them here.
Penguin stands as one of the biggest pioneers in the publishing industry and luckily the company has their offices in New Zealand as well. Formed in 2013 by Bertelsman and Pearson, Penguin Random House has published more than 15,000 titles till date. Although they primarily focus on adult and children’s fiction, you can also contact them for publishing your non-fiction titles. Penguin was created to celebrate stories that truly entertain, and going by the rave reviews, they’ve definitely achieved their goal. The company is currently accepting hard copies of your literary pieces. So if you think your book can make the cut, check out the submission guidelines here and send in your copies right away!
If you’re looking to collaborate with a leading publishing house in New Zealand- Allen & Unwin is your answer. Formed in 1914 in the United Kingdom, the company came up with their NZ subsidiary by the late nineties. And guess what? Within the next couple of years, they had already won 13 prestigious ‘Publisher of the year’ awards. The company partnered with Bloomsbury and Orion Publishing House to distribute their books in New Zealand; and as of now, they publish around 250 new titles every year. While Allen & Unwin specializes in literary and children’s fiction, they also publish quite a few academic and non-fiction titles. The company is currently accepting submissions for fiction, children’s fiction and academic titles. You can send in the first chapter of your book with a cover letter and a subject line indicating the genre of your work. Visit this page to find out more details about their submission guidelines.
Are you proud of your non-fiction texts? Do you think your poetry pieces are truly out of the world? In either case, Victoria University Press is one of the best platforms for you. Established in 1970 by the singlehanded efforts of Fergus Barrowman, this Wellington based publishing house has worked with notable authors like Barbara Anderson, Hera Lindsay Bird and Bruce Mason. The platform is currently open for submissions and you can send in your non-fiction, fiction and poetry pieces here.
If you think your historical fiction, poetry pieces or science fiction can make it to the top; Auckland University Press is definitely an ideal platform for you. Established in 1966, this platform has published quite a few best-selling titles like ‘Early Yet Days’ by Allen Curnow, ‘Fast Talking PI’ by Selina Marsh, ‘Chiefs of Industry’ by Hazel Petrie and the likes of it. The company publishes around 20 books every year and they’re currently accepting unsolicited submissions from authors based in New Zealand. You can find out more details about the submission guidelines here.
Established in 1955, New Holland Publishers is an UK based company that has its headquarters in Aukland, New Zealand. Over the last 60 decades, this publishing house has set an entirely new benchmark for its high quality non-fiction texts ranging from cooking, lifestyle, health, biographies, real-crime, travel and historical texts. New Holland Publishers celebrates creativity all way round; so whether you’re a newcomer or an established author- if your book is good enough, they’ll definitely get it published. NHP is currently accepting unsolicited submissions, and you can always mail them a copy of your manuscript along with a cover letter. In case you want to find more details about the submission guidelines- visit this page.
One Tree House is a leading publisher of children’s fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction titles. Christine Dale and Jenny Nagle created this platform to celebrate the creative potential of newcomers in the publishing industry. Their efforts paid off and owing to their extensive experience in the publishing industry, One Tree House evolved as one of the biggest publishers of children’s fiction in NZ. The platform has published hundreds of books for both local and international markets, and you can always contact them here for any queries related to submission.
P.S- Since One Tree House has already finalized their annual publishing program, they might take some time to get back to you.
HUIA Publication is an independent publishing house that was formed with the goal of preserving and disseminating historical/biographical texts on Maori and Pacific. This Wellington based company was established almost two decades back by the collaborative efforts of Brian Morris and Eboni Waitere, and as of now, they stand as one of the leading players in the NZ publishing industry. Since 1991, this platform has published several children’s texts, biographies, political titles, and historical pieces. They’re currently open for submissions and once you send in your copy, they’ll get back to you within three months (if your work is selected). You can always contact them here for more details.
9. Awa Press
Formed in 2003, Awa press is an independent publishing house operating from Northland, New Zealand. The platform was primarily established to publish the contemporary non-fiction pieces of talented newbie authors, and going by their sales, they’ve definitely achieved their goal. In terms of genres, they cover everything from literature to gardening; history to philosophy; and popular science to politics. The platform is currently accepting non-fiction works of writers based in New Zealand. So in case you’re interested, you can always visit this page to find out more details about the submission guidelines.
In 1992, publisher David Ling wanted to create a platform that offers unwavering support to the newcomers in the publishing industry, and that is exactly how David Ling Publishing came to be. Over the next two decades, the company has published several titles on fiction, historical fiction, biographies, travel stories and non-fiction. In addition to publishing, they also offer editorial, marketing and cover design services. The company publishes 10 books every year and they’re currently open for submissions. While they’re not accepting fiction and children’s fiction, you can always send in your historical pieces, biographies, travel stories and non-fiction pieces to them. Find out more details about their submission guidelines here.
Established around 30 years back by talented author David Bateman, Bateman Publishing stands as one of the largest publishing houses in NZ. Over the last three decades, this Auckland based company has managed to publish more than 600 local and international titles covering a wide range of non-fiction titles pertaining to historical fiction and biographies. The platform is currently welcoming submissions, and you can always contact them with your manuscript here.
Beatnik Publishing was formed in 2007 by designer, photographer, and, illustrator Sally Greer. What began as her independent venture; soon turned out to be one of the leading publishing houses of New Zealand. This Auckland based company believes in establishing a positive and conducive relationship with authors so that they’re able to come up with compelling books with excellent attention to detail. Within just 11 years, Beatnik Publishing has published hundreds of titles ranging cookbooks, fashion titles, poetry pieces and plays. In case you’re looking to collaborate with them, you can always send in your submissions here.
13. Gecko Press
Established around 13 years back, Gecko Press is a full-service publishing house that was formed by author and publisher Julia Marshall. Formerly working for Appelberg Publishing Agency, Marshall created this platform to offer a much needed opportunity to the authors of children’s fiction. Her venture turned out to be successful and as of now, this Wellington based company publishes hundreds of titles on children and young adult fiction. While the Gecko Press primarily publishes translations of best-selling books from France, Japan and Netherlands; you can also get in touch with them for original titles. So if you think your literary piece is compelling enough to get accepted, visit this page for a quick sneak peek on the submission guidelines.
14. Walker Books
When it comes to publishing children’s fiction, you can never go wrong with Walker Books. This UK based company was formed 1978 by Sebastian Walker, and almost three decades down the line; they’ve managed to extend their imprints to New Zealand as well. The platform focuses on publishing imaginative children’s texts with compelling characters that keeps readers hooked till the end of the book. They also have a unique system called Walker Wednesdays where you can send a copy of your manuscript on the first Wednesday of every month. Find out more details about their program here.
In 1996, Roger Steele and Christine Robert collaborated to create a publishing house that would publish and preserve the exceptionally written historical fiction of emerging authors. Their independent venture turned out to be massively successful and over the next two decades the company managed to publish hundreds of non-fictions, biographies, poetry pieces and historical titles. The company publishes both hard copies and ebooks, and you can always send them a copy of your manuscript in their office at Aotearoa. Steele Roberts Publishing also accepts email submissions. Visit this page for more details.
16. Oratia Media
If you’re looking to collaborate with one of the most promising boutique publishers in New Zealand, Oratia Media is your best option. Established in 2000, this Aukland based firm publishes hundreds of titles in children’s fiction, historical fiction and general non-fiction. Having worked with leading authors like Diego Albuquerque, Ron Crosby and Peter Dowling- you can always count on them for quality services. In addition to publishing, Oratia also assists you with marketing and typesetting your books. The company is currently accepting unsolicited submissions via email, and you can get in touch with them here.
17. Potton & Burton
Potton & Burton is an award-winning publishing house based in Nelson, New Zealand. Created in 1987 by Craig Burton, this platform initially focused on books pertaining to photography. Over the time, they covered a diverse range of non-fiction titles on environment, health, lifestyle, meditation and self-help. Quite recently, Potton & Burton also published a couple of best-selling children’s books like ‘Herbert the Brave Sea Dog’ that managed to sell 40,000 copies in New Zealand itself. As of now, the company is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts by both new-comers and established authors. Visit this page for more details about the submission procedure.
18. Pan Macmillan
Based in Australia, Pan Macmillan is a leading publisher of children’s books in both Australia and New Zealand. The company covers a wide range of genres like autobiographies, biographies, real-crime, cooking, self-help and the likes of it. As of now, the company is accepting unsolicited manuscripts of commercial fiction, literary fiction, children’s books and commercial non-fictions via their Manuscript Monday Program. As a part of this program, you’ll be able to send in a copy of your manuscript on every first Monday of the month. In case you’re looking to know more about the program, check out this page.
Although they’re based in Australia, Exisle Publishing is one of the leading publishing houses accepting year-round unsolicited submissions from New Zealand based authors. They’ve been in business for the last 21 years, and quite recently they came up with their newest branch in New Zealand. The company prides in publishing ‘quality texts’ covering a wide range of genres like self-help, motivational texts, psychology, business, politics, alternative lifestyle, and so on. And while they don’t accept fiction and poetry, you can always contact them for your non-fiction texts. The submission guidelines are pretty simple and you can visit this page for a better insight.
Wily Publications is a relatively new publishing house operating from Christchurch, New Zealand. While the company specializes in non-fiction, biographies and historical fiction, they also publish 2-3 novels every year. Like quite a few companies on this list, Wily Publications too is a full-service company that can assist you with cover design, typesetting and marketing once your manuscript is accepted. The platform is currently seeking unsolicited manuscripts, and you can always contact them with a copy of your manuscript here.
Otago University Press happens to be the oldest academic press in New Zealand. It publishes mainly nonfiction books about New Zealand and the Pacific. Topics of its works include poetry, history, Māori and Pacific, natural history, biographies and memoirs and literature and arts. Publishing approximately 20-25 new books a year, you can find the submission guidelines for Otago University Press at this page, which also includes links to a house guide and a manuscript preparation guide.
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