The Weaver

The Weaver cover
The Weaver cover
by Melanie Kanicky

PB 352 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781922858283 | $19.99
Young Adult | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | October 2023
Distributed by NewSouth Books

In a remote village, bordered by woods and an endless winter, Saatcha lives in the attic of her ailing father’s blacksmithery. As her father’s health fades and he is no longer able to work, Saatcha takes it upon herself to keep the forge running.

But when a pair of thieves appear in the dead of night, Saatcha’s duty to her father is torn from her. Forced to leave her home behind, the bounds of magic that once held Saatcha begin to slip away.
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Melanie Kanicky

Melanie Kanicky
Melanie Kanicky
Melanie Kanicky is a Melbourne-based author. Born in the Yarra Valley, Melanie has a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film & Television) from Deakin University, and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Writing & Literature with a focus on creative writing. Outside of her studies, Melanie currently manages a bookstore, where she delights in sharing her love of reading and literature with others. Her short fiction has appeared in the Wyndham Writing Awards Anthology and the Forty South Short Story Anthology, as well as being shortlisted for the Continue reading Melanie Kanicky

Raised by Moths

Raised by Moths cover
Raised by Moths cover
by Charlie Archbold and Michelle Conn

HB 32 | 230 x 270 | ISBN: 9781922858184 | $29.99
Picture Book | MidnightSun Publishing | October 2023
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Willow jumps on the Ferris Wheel and is intrigued to see a boy surrounded by moths.

As they travel high above the fairground he tells her the reason why the moths love him so much: he was raised by moths. Wonderfully fantastical and thought-provoking with stunning illustrations, Raised by Moths is quite unlike anything you’ve read before.
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Charlie Archbold

Charlie Archbold
Charlie Archbold
Charlie Archbold is a writer and educator. She has worked in Australia, the UK, and in Indonesia. Her middle grade novel The Sugarcane Kids and the Red Bottomed Boat won the 2022 Readings Children’s Prize. It was shortlisted for the Text Prize and was a 2023 CBCA Notable book. Charlie’s debut YA novel Mallee Boys was a 2018 CBCA Honour book. Her 2020 YA novel Indigo Owl is a science fiction adventure. Raised by Moths is Charlie’s first picture book. Her blogs, short stories and poems are about Continue reading Charlie Archbold

Michelle Conn

Michelle Conn
Michelle Conn
Michelle Conn is a children’s book illustrator and author who lives in the coastal town of Torquay, Victoria. She combines watercolour and pencil with digital illustration to create worlds filled with wonder and emotion. Michelle has a Bachelor of Design from The College of Fine Arts in Sydney and has worked as a graphic designer in print and corporate illustration. She has also completed a Continue reading Michelle Conn

City Knife

City Knife cover
City Knife cover
by Rachel Hennessy

PB 344 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781925227970 | $19.99
Young Adult | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | September 2023
Distributed by NewSouth Books

The chimera of the city are on the hunt.

After years of being individually slaughtered, they have come together to make war on Pandora and her people.

In the conclusion to The Burning Days, the sins of the past will be revealed and all hope for the future will be Continue reading City Knife

We are Reopening Submissions!

Submissions will from now on only be accepted from the 1st to the 7th of each month, with submissions reopening from the 1st of September until the 7th of September 2023. Submissions will then be closed again until the 1-7st of October. So you have a week of every month to submit. Please note, any submissions sent outside of this time will not be considered and will not be replied to.

Please send a digital copy of your submission to submissions@midnightsunpublishing.com. Please include a subject line stating your name, the title of your manuscript, and its genre (e.g.: Jane Doe, ‘High Tea’, Picture Book). Please attach your manuscript as a Word document or Word docx. only, titled, ‘Name: Manuscript Title’ (e.g. Jane Doe: High Tea).

Send the first 20 pages only! If we are compelled to read more, we’ll ask for the rest. We want digital manuscripts with 1.5 or double line spacing. Choose Times New Roman or another easy-to-read font.

Please also include a synopsis of your manuscript (if it’s a longer work. This is not needed for picture books) where you tell us about the main movements in the story, its themes and how it ends. We want to know this. You should not make it a mystery or an enticing blurb. You can attach it as a separate document or make it the first page of your submission.

Please proofread thoroughly and always let someone else read it too before sending us your manuscript. Typos really put us off and we don’t want to turn away an otherwise fantastic project because we have spotted a simple mistake in the first paragraph.

Include a cover letter in the body of the email with your name, the title of your manuscript, your contact details (including email address and phone number) and the word count of your project. If you have previous publications or other relevant experience, please feel free to include it in the letter and also write a paragraph about yourself and your interests if you wish. We would also like to know how you would classify the genre and where it fits in the market. For example, are there any other authors or books you would compare your manuscript to?

Only send one manuscript at a time and wait to receive a response before sending any further projects. This applies to picture books as well as longer fiction. Look at our list carefully and choose only the manuscript that you think would intrigue us the most. Here are some of things we are looking for: stories that are well written (fiction or non-fiction) about interesting characters who are developing a sense of self. The environment, gender diversity, sexuality and desire, feminism, ageing, mental health, physical differences, adversity, racism, love and many other topics are all on our reading lists. We love short stories and novels for adults as well as middle-grade and YA novels and of course picture books.

We are not currently publishing poetry, plays, horror, romance or memoir so please don’t submit manuscripts that fit into those categories.

If you have submitted to us within the designated timeframe and not received a response from us within six months you may email us to check on your submission. Please do not email us earlier than this as your email will not be responded to.

While we do accept simultaneous submissions, it is absolutely essential that you contact us to withdraw your submission if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere or you pursue another mode of publishing, such as self-publishing.

If you follow these guidelines, your manuscript submission will be read by one of our editors. If you have already sent your manuscript according to our previous guidelines, please don’t panic, we will still read your manuscript and respond in due course.

If we love what we read, we will be in touch by email to request a hard copy of the full manuscript to be sent to our office. Please be aware it may take 3-6 months for us to get back to you about your submission. Unfortunately, due to our large workload, we cannot provide individual feedback on submissions.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed or responded to.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Medieval Monsters and Other Creatures

Medieval Monsters cover
Medieval Monsters cover
by Timothy Ide

HB 72 | 245 x 280 | ISBN: 9781922858177 | $34.99
Picture book for all ages
MidnightSun Publishing | November 2023
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Take a monstrous journey through the Middle Ages to discover creatures both familiar and unfamiliar.

Explore the hazards of medieval life at the claws, paws and fangs of dragons, wyverns, cockatrices, lamias, manticores, ghouls and Continue reading Medieval Monsters and Other Creatures

This

This cover
This cover
by Lazaros Zigomanis

PB 368 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781922858146 | $19.99
Young Adult | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | August 2023
Distributed by NewSouth Books

I don’t get this.

I’m fifteen! And in Year 10!

I don’t have anything to worry about.

But when I wake up one night, terrified, it starts a journey of trying to find out what’s wrong. I can’t go to Mum and Dad. They wouldn’t understand. And they’d make fun of me at school. So I’m off to strange doctors, and scurrying around like everything’s okay, while everything’s coming apart.

I don’t get this.

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Tanya Hunter

Tanya Hunter
Tanya Hunter
Tanya Hunter’s love of adventure stories began as a child living in Nottingham, England, when she regularly explored the same countryside as the fabled Robin Hood. A former primary school teacher, Tanya has been a police officer for nearly twenty-five years. She is also a proud ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis QLD and has a passion for disability advocacy.

Tanya’s debut novel is The Quest for the Galleon of Time.

The Quest for the Galleon of Time

The Quest for the Galleon of Time cover
The Quest for the Galleon of Time cover
by Tanya Hunter

PB 208 | 198 x 129 | ISBN: 9781922858191 | $17.99
Middle-grade | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | August 2023
Distributed by NewSouth Books

The year is 1738 and eleven-year-old Tobias Crane is forced to leave his home to work as a ship’s lad on a trading galleon. Once onboard, Tobias discovers that the ship is a time-travelling galleon! A galleon that can inexplicably appear in different dimensions in the past, present and future.

A captain’s obsession with revenge will force Tobias and the crew on a dangerous adventure through treacherous waters. With the help of new friends, Tobias must somehow return home to warn his father that Continue reading The Quest for the Galleon of Time

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