The Friday Pitch: New Zealand publishing

The Friday Pitch: New Zealand submissions


Allen & Unwin New Zealand currently accepts unsolicited manuscripts. We have an extremely broad-ranging list, and are interested in covering topics that are exclusively New Zealand focused through to subjects of interest worldwide.


  1. In your email subject line, specify the genre of your submission and include a couple of words about the subject area.
  2. Copy and paste the Title Information Sheet into the email body, and fill in the requested information.
  3. Attach a double-spaced FIRST CHAPTER and a 300 word SYNOPSIS as a word document.
  4. Send your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For submissions:



Category (eg health, history, current affairs):

What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?

Tell us why you are the right person to write this book?

Do you have an expertise in the area?

List any previous publishing history and/or any awards or residencies (eg at Varuna) you've received:




When you send us your submission, you'll receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt. No other acknowledgement will be sent to you.

Should Allen & Unwin wish to pursue your project, we will be in contact with you via email within the fortnight. Please note that we do not send individual acceptance or rejection letters. If you do not hear from us, please assume that we do not wish to pursue your manuscript for our lists. No further correspondence will be entered into and we will not provide you with reasons for our decision.

If you would like further information about writing and getting published, please browse the pages in the Getting Published section of our website which has some useful tips on writing and getting published from some of our publishers and authors.

The New Zealand Society of Authors website ( features information on manuscript assessors, agents and writing prizes etc. The Publishers Association of New Zealand website ( has a comprehensive list of New Zealand publishers.