SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

Our submissions department is currently closed until February 1, 2020.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, in order to give proper consideration to every writer Curtis Brown now welcomes submissions for 2020 during the months of February, June, and October only.

Submissions will be accepted from 12:00am on the first day of the month to 11:59pm on the last according to the email timestamp. Submissions outside this window will be deleted without reply.

Guidelines

  • Please do not submit manuscripts if you are not a resident of Australia or New Zealand

  • We are currently unable to consider the following genres: fantasy, sci-fi, stage/screenplay, poetry, self-help, children’s picture books, early reader books, young adult, comics, short stories, cookbooks, educational, corporate, translated or comedy.

  • Please do not send sample chapters through if your manuscript is incomplete

  • Please do not send hard copy submissions, your manuscript will be recycled

  • Please format your manuscript using double spaced Times New Roman with 30mm margins

  • Please only send Word or Pdf files as we can not open other file types

  • Please do not email Agents directly

  • Due to the volume of submissions we receive, any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be deleted without reply

How to Submit

To submit to us please email submission@curtisbrown.com.au using the below:

  1. In the subject line of your email please put:

    YOUR NAME – MANUSCRIPT TITLE – FICTION/NONFICTION – GENRE

    E.g. JRR TOLKIEN – THE LORD OF THE RINGS – FICTION – FANTASY

  2. You are welcome to address your email to The Submissions Department

  3. Please include a short covering letter in the body of your email (maximum 300 words)

  4. In the body of the email please include the total word count and title of your manuscript

  5. In the body of the email please include any pertinent biographical information

  6. Make sure you include your address and phone number 

  7. Please attach a short synopsis (maximum of 2 pages) and the first 3 chapters of your manuscript (or first 50 pages)

What Happens Now?

We are currently taking between 2-10 weeks to assess submissions. We do not offer specific comments on the manuscripts we reject and we will never charge a reading fee.

If we are interested in representing you we will contact you directly to discuss it and explain our standard agreement that sets out the author-agency relationship. As with all reputable agencies, it is based on taking a commission on income from projects that we represent.

Please note that we are taking on very few new clients at this time. If you need further information on submitting to agencies or publishers, you could try contacting the Australian Society of Authors in Sydney or your local State Writers’ Centre.  

Links to some useful resources can be found here.