This is the directory of known AusQueerYA Publishers and how to get in contact with them.

Australian Publishers

Hardie Grant Egmont

Home of the Ampersand Prize, won by Erin Gough in 2013 with her lesbian YA novel The Flywheel. Other AusQueerYA’s include Meredith Badger’s Girl vs The World – Things I Don’t Know.

They are currently only accepting submissions via The Ampersand Prize.

Pantera Press

“Pantera Press is a boutique Australian book publisher with big differences.We view the so-called ‘slush pile’ of Australian unsolicited manuscripts differently. To us, it’s a valuable resource – an underexplored diamond mine. When we started, we felt that if everyone’s supposed ‘to have a book in them’, Australia must be bursting with 22 million stories, many of them gems waiting to be discovered, polished and set for readers to enjoy! As well as publishing great stories, we aim to contribute to the wider community, hence our unique ‘good books doing good things’ approach.”

They will be publishing Alicia Tuckerman’s Queer YA in 2018.

They accept and welcome unsolicited submissions all year round and are actively seeking YA manuscripts.



Publisher of Christoper Currie’s Clancy of the Undertow, Alyssa Brugman’s Alex as Well, and Steph Bowe’s Night Swimming. They also act as the Australian publisher of US author David Levithan’s Queer YA novels.

Text runs The Text Prize and also accept direct submissions (no agent required).

Penguin Random House

Publisher of Will Kostakis’s Sidekicks, Archimede Fusillo’s The Last of the Braves and Kate Welshman’s Posse amongst others, Australian publisher of US author Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

They accept direct submissions Feb – November.

Allen & Unwin

Publisher of Joanne Horniman novels, including About A Girl, Kate Constable’s Always Mackenzie, Chris Wheat’s Screw Loose amongst others.

They accept direct submissions.


Publisher of Marlee Jane Ward’s Welcome to Orphancorp, Xoum specialises in SF/Fantasy fiction amongst other genres.

They accept direct submissions.

Fremantle Press

Not-for-profit publisher focused on finding and nurturing emerging authors. Publisher of Julia Lawrinson’s Obsession. 

They accept direct submissions by Western Australian authors, or in rare cases by residents of other States, if the novel has a strong Western Australian setting.

Magabala Books

Not-for-profit publisher of Australian Indigenous literature. Recently published Jared Thomas’s Songs that Sound like Blood.

They accept direct submissions from all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creators.

Echo Publishing

Part of Bonnier Publishing Australia. Recently published Alison Evan’s Ida.

They accept submissions, with a current preference for New Adult titles (Upper YA).

Walker Books Australia

“We have a long history of publishing AusQueerYA, most notably the non-fiction book for teens Closets are for Clothes about Australia’s queer history, and our upcoming May release Finding Nevo, a memoir of young queer transmasculine non-binary writer/activist Nevo Zisin.

We are open to submissions of middle-grade and young adult fiction on the first Wednesday of every month as part of our Walker Wednesday program. We started the WW program specifically to encourage submissions by #OwnVoices writers (including queer writers) as it’s very important to us to find authentic representation of voices and to try to bring them to the wider publishing community.”

University of Queensland Press

Published Melissa Lucashenko’s Killing Darcy in 1998, but haven’t produced any known main-character focused AusQueerYA since then.

They are not currently accepting direct submissions, only through agents. UQP opens the doors to unsolicited manuscripts at various times through the year. Check back here for updates.

Sleepers Publishing

Independent publisher based out of Melbourne, dedicated to publishing and promoting new and emerging authors. Publisher of Eli Glassman’s The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew.

They have recently announced that they are unable to take on any new manuscripts, but we hope with continued support they will reopen soon.

International Publishers

Harmony Ink Press

“Harmony Ink Press is an imprint publishing Teen and New Adult fiction featuring significant personal growth of unforgettable characters across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We seek strong, authentic voices telling thought-inspiring stories with positive outcomes that explore all the facets of young adult, teen, and new adult life—between the ages of 14 and 21—across a wide range of subgenres. Our published works reach into a wide range of reader-favorite genres, including fantasy, mystery, paranormal, romance, science fiction, and more.”

US based Publisher of Verity Croker’s May Day Mine. They are currently not open to submissions, but keep an eye out for updates here.

Ylva Publishing

Founded in Germany, but now an international company, “Ylva is a woman-owned, women-run publisher that seeks out stories about strong female characters, who are often gay. We publish romance and erotica, mystery, paranormal, and well-researched historical novels.”

They are the publishers of all of Emily O’Beirne’s novels, including Future Leaders of Nowhere.

They accept direct submissions for novels and novellas by female-identifying authors.

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