Submission Guidelines

MidnightSun Publishing is always accepting submissions!

However, due to our high workload, we might take 3-6 months to get back to you. Please be patient. We promise that we read and respond to all submissions that include an email address, so don’t forget to include one.

If you decide to send us your precious manuscript, please make sure you do it justice by following these simple guidelines:

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

Please proof-read 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 with your name, the name 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.

If you follow these guidelines, your manuscript submission will be read by one of our editors. We endeavour to respond to you via email within three months. Your manuscript will be disposed of securely, in accordance with best environmental practices. If you don’t hear from us within six months it is quite likely that we have been too busy to read your manuscript yet, but feel free to send us an email to ask about it.

We don’t accept email submissions at this stage.

Our address is: MidnightSun Publishing, Att: Anna Solding, P.O.Box 3647, Rundle Mall, SA 5000, Australia

Looking forward to hearing from you!

81 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines”

  1. I have completed two full length crime novel manuscripts and am currently working on my third. I have had my first manuscript (Scales of Justice) published with POD publisher Equilibrium Books and that publishing contract has now expired. Can you tell me if: 1) When you will be accepting submissions
    2) Do you accept submissions in the crime fiction genre?

    Thank you – Gary

    1. Dear Gary,
      We are accepting submissions right now and we might very well accept crime fiction in the future. Currently, we are concentrating on literary fiction but if we really love something we will publish it, no matter what genre.
      Best regards,

      Allan Taylor

    1. Dear Holly,
      We might publish children’s picture books. It all depends on the submissions we get.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  2. Dear Editor:

    I am writing to you from Timor Leste where I am currently completing an Asialink Fellowship. This fellowship has been funded by the Australian Council of the Arts and Melbourne Uni. Before commencing this placement in January, however, I finished writing a final draft for my second novel. I am currently looking for a publisher who supports emerging writers. Your new company seems a great option for a writer such as me.

    Even though my first novel, The Taste of Apple, received awards and strong reviews (see: http://www.jameslaidler.net/reviews ), I have been finding it hard to get my new manuscript read by publishers, especially from over here in Timor (I have been here since June 2011).

    In short, I am writing to see if I could email the first 30 pages of my new manuscipt, Pulling Down the Stars, rather than send ‘hard copy’. Currently, the postal service here in Timor is unreliable and extremely slow. (I could send you the entire manuscript if you wish)

    If this is possible, could you let me know? Pulling Down the Stars 85,000 words in length.

    Here is a little information about myself and this new work. (Go to http://www.jameslaidler.net for more info)

    Pulling Down the Stars is my second novel and represents a strong step forward in my career as an emerging writer. My first novel, The Taste of Apple, was published in 2010 by Interactive Press. The Taste of Apple received excellent reviews and wide praise within the Australian literary Scene. Reviews for The Taste of Apple can be read at: http://www.jameslaidler.net/reviews.html The Taste of Apple won The 2010 IP Picks Competition for Best First Book.

    Pulling Down the Stars is a crossover title aimed at a target readership much like the recent novel, Jasper Jones. In terms of genre, the novel is best classified as contemporary Australian fiction with thriller elements. Pulling Down the Stars will appeal to Y generation readers due to its present-day themes, concerns and setting. The novel also has scope for sales within school environments.

    A Short Biography:
    • I haam currently completing a two month Asialink Writing Residency in East Timor. This residency has been generously sponsored by the The Australian Council for the Arts and The Malcolm Robertson Foundation. During this period I am hoping to collect and research material for my third novel.
    • In 2010 my first novel, The Taste of Apple was published by Interactive Press. The Taste of Apple won the 2010 IP Picks Award for Best First Book. See http://www.jameslaidler.net/reviews
    • In 2009 I won the The Australian Poetry Centre’s ‘Poetic Monologue Competition’ and my short one man monologue, ‘Before the Fall’ was funded by The Australian Poetry Centre and performed on stage at the 2010 Melbourne Writer’s Festival.
    • In the 2009 I placed second in the FAW Shoalhaven Literary Awards and was highly commended in both the CJ Dennis Literary and Poetica Christi Awards. In both 2009 and 2010, I was shortlisted for the Olvar Woods Fellowship Awards.
    • My work had been widely published throughout Australia on Writer’s Radio, ABC Radio National and Melbourne’s RRR; and in the literary journals: Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Poetica Christi, Poetry Matters and Peril.
    • For more information please visit http://www.jameslaidler.net or http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9551566-the-taste-of-apple

    On a technical level, Pulling Down the Stars is written from the point of view of three main characters: Bill Carmichael, Maxine Ansell and Charlie Lansdowne. The narrative is written in both 1st and a 3rd person perspectives, depending on which protagonist is being featured at any given time. The 1st and 3rd person points of view have been used to reinforce each character’s personality. This approach to the writing is both dynamic and compelling.

    Synopsis for Pulling Down the Stars:

    Pulling Down the Stars is an Australian novel set in the seaside country town of Warrnambool that tells the story of Charlie Lansdowne (aged 22).

    With his mother having passed away in child birth, Charlie lives at home with his father, Roger, and his stroke-affected grandfather, Frank. Life at the Lansdowne house is a daily exercise in dysfunction as three generations of men strive to get along. The novel opens with a fight between father and son.

    Fleeing his father, Charlie meets Maxine Ansell down the beach where he goes to cool off. Maxine is a surfer with family issues of her own. She is estranged from her wealthy parents. Her father is a doctor and Maxine hates him for his unfaithfulness to her mother – a secret she has been carrying for years. Maxine surfs to let off steam.

    At the beach, Maxine accuses Charlie of perving on her. They argue and both leave the beach disliking one another. From there, they each head off to their respective places of work: Charlie to a psyche ward, and Maxine to the local abattoir.

    Charlie and Maxine meet again, nights later, at a gig that Charlie’s band is playing at. Maxine, has just fled her parents 20th Wedding Anniversary where she made a complete fool of herself by publicly announcing her father’s adultery. Charlie and Maxine end up speaking and Charlie starts to fall for her. Maxine, however, ends up leaving with, Kane, Charlie’s best friend and the lead singer of the band. Adding insult to injury, Kane uses Charlie’s Bungalow for the night and sends Charlie to sleep down by the beach in his Kombi.

    That night, Kane tries to take advantage of Maxine but flees when Maxine vomits on Charlie’s bed, passing out. She is discovered the next morning by Charlie’s father, Roger. Roger gets Maxine cleaned up and by the end of the morning, Maxine has opened up to Roger and told him many vulnerable things about her life. Maxine needs a place to stay and Roger offers her to move in to the spare room in their family home.

    When Charlie finds out that Maxine is now a boarder, he is very upset. After a few weeks, however, life at the Lansdowne’s house settles down. This next period in the narrative represents the second act of the book. The second act explores how Charlie and Maxine’s relationship grows romanticcally. And when Charlie’s grandpa, Frank, dies at the end of the second act, the work of true family healing begins for Charlie.

    The third act opens with a surfing competition that Maxine has entered. She does well but in the quarter final falls badly, hurting her neck. Charlie drags her from the water and Maxine is taken to hospital.

    While there, she begins the process of healing the rift that exists between herself and her own father, John. This healing is made possible by John, who for the first time learns the importance of humility (a major theme in the book).

    The novel then heads towards a final resolution when Maxine – now recovered – takes Charlie camping and two young lovers confess their true feelings for each other. As this all happens, however, close by, the two lovers are being secretly watched by Bill Carmicheal.

    Bill Carmichael features in several chapters and his story acts as a subplot to the main narrative. His story gives the narrative drive and creates suspense. Bill is a serial killer who has been murdering young woman.

    In the final chapters, Bill attempts to kill Maxine, but has a heart attack in the process. Oblivious to his malicious intent, Maxine watches Bill drop to the ground and tries to bring him back to life. Inspired by her own recent experiences of redemption, Maxine pours out her loving tenderness towards Bill. And hence, in the final scene, an important question regarding our perceptions of love is raised for the reader.

    Can we actually trust the love that we feel?

    Warm regards
    James Laidler

  3. Hi Midnighters,

    I found you via the all-knowing google and am interested in submitting my memoir novel to you.

    A question or three though… Publication is one thing (and it seems as if you do a beautiful job) but how strong is your distribution arm? Are you affiliated with any major independent distributors? My book is already out there in e-book form. Do you have any objection to that? Can you work alongside existing e-book outlets or do you have plans for your own e-book arm?

    All the best for your new venture – long live independent publishing!

    Kind regards,

    DN Charles

    1. Dear DN Charles,
      Thank you for your enthusiasm. Sorry that it has take us so long to reply. We are currently open for submissions until 31 July 2012, and then we will take a reading break.
      Our books are distributed by Wakefield Press in Australia and New Zeeland and they are available from Amazon, other online bookshops and straight from our website.
      Best regards,

      Anna Solding

  4. Hi Anna, I hope your year is progressing well. (Even better than the year so far!?) Congratulations again. Enjoyed your book, as I told you – and good reviews so far.

    My question: what kinds of manuscripts does Midnight Sun *not* want to receive? I ask this as I you may not want to be bothered with short stories, poetry manuscripts, childrens’ book, etc. (Sorry if I missed this on your website.)

    See you soon, Anna.

    Cheers, Stephen.

    1. Dear Stephen,
      Thank you! The year is just wonderful so far 🙂

      Sorry about the delay in replying. I only just noticed that I’d been getting mail through the MidnightSun website… Just one more thing to add to my list of things to check 🙂

      I think it’s quite safe to say that we’ll stick with literary fiction for a couple of years unless anything else jumps out and hits us in the face. Further down the track I’d like to diversify and publish non-fiction or children’s books (but probably not poetry, sorry…). It all depends on what kind of submissions we get.

      Hope that answers your questions. How is the writing going?

      Cheers,
      Anna

  5. Dear Editor,

    I pretty much already know the answer to this question before I ask it, but I figure there might not be any harm in asking anyway. My printer is literally on the blink and seems to have decided to go on strike till further notice (possibly forever) and things a little tight financially, would you consider an electronic submission or is that totally out of the question?

    Just thought there was no harm in asking!

    Kind regards,

    Lorcan Black.

    1. Dear Lorcan,
      We do prefer hard copy submissions but we also understand financial hardship. Please just send the first 20 pages electronically.
      Best regards,

      Anna Solding

  6. Would you let me send you 43 pages of an entire children’s book for consideration? I already have it formated on PDF file and could email. KB

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      Unfortunately, MidnightSun has decided that we don’t quite have the resources to publish children’s ebooks yet, therefore we are holding off on kids books all together for the time being. However, keep checking our website for changes in this regard over the next couple of years.
      Best wishes,
      Anna Solding
      Publishing Director

    1. Dear Wendy,
      Yes, we are always open for submissions. However, we have decided to concentrate mainly on literary fiction for the next couple years. If you are thinking of submitting a children’s book, I suggest that you wait a year or two, and check our website regularly for changes.
      Thank you!
      Anna Solding
      Publishing Director

  7. Dear Editor at Midnight Sun Publishing,

    My quick question is, do you consider fantasy and drama’s?

    For, I have been working on a drama series for the last few years and your company, if you accept such submissions, seems to be the right way to go.

    Kind Regards
    Laura

    1. Dear Laura,
      Thank you so much for considering us. I’m sorry to disappoint but at this point it’s quite unlikely that MidnightSun will take on Fantasy or Drama. We have decided to concentrate on Fiction, literary and general, for the first few years. Best of luck with your writing and publication elsewhere.
      Best regards,

      Anna Solding
      Publishing Director

  8. Hello,

    I was just wondering if you accepted email submissions as I am unable to gain access to a printer and have a completed manuscript I wish to submit for consideration.

    Thank you for your time,

    Rosie.

  9. Congratulations Anna to you and your team. I am strongly encouraged by the fact that there is a publisher in South Australia that is open to reviewing new and unusual stories from struggling “potential” authors. As you well know, the road to publication is always a bumpy one with a lot of highs and lows. More difficult at times when country people such as myself have to travel long distances to attend workshops or events to gain valuable networks or undertake study options. I have completed a manuscript that I would now like submit the first 20 pages for your consideration. It is in the chic lit genre but has a twist associated with it and wondering if you consider this genre? Thanks.
    Kind regards, Julie

    1. Hi Julie,
      Thank you for your kind words. We are working hard and hoping that it shows in our books. Please send us the first 20 pages in hard copy and we’ll let you know what we think as soon as we can. We hardly ever say no without seeing the manuscript as we like reading it first. Chick Lit is not what I wouls normally read but I like a good twist. Thank you for considering MidnightSun.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  10. Hello Midnight Sun. I have written my memoir, which deals with my awful incarceration in an adult institution at the age of ten. My story is not down beat, some bits may be sad, but overall, I feel that my book is a ‘good read’ covering suburban life, with it’s idiosyncrasies, and with societies vast changes from the nineteen forties until the present day. Is it possible that you might be interested in looking at my story? Thanks Faye

    1. Dear Faye,
      We have not limited our intake of submissions. If you follow the submission guidelines on our website, we’d be happy to have a look at the fist 20 pages.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  11. Hi,
    I have a YA novel about vampires and werewolves and was just wondering would you be interested in reading it?
    Thank you

    1. Hi,
      At this point it is highly unlikely that we’d be interested in a YA novel as we are still trying to build up our adult fiction list. I’m sorry to disappoint.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  12. Hello ,
    I have completed two books ,an adventure series for children aged 9to 13years.
    on which email do I send the synopsis and the details? are you accepting childrens fiction?thanks for the information provided above.
    Thanking you,
    supriya

    1. Hi Supriya,
      MidnightSun Publishing only accepts hard copy submissions. Please follow the guidelines on our website and send in the first 20 pages with a cover letter and all your details. We have no plans for children’s books just yet but are open for submissions because one day the right manuscript might come along.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  13. Hi there

    Would you consider a non-fiction sports history novel about an Adelaide sports team? I don’t want to give too much away but thought I’d see if I was wasting my time before wasting yours and submitting.
    Cheers

    1. Hi,
      MidnightSun has no strong interest in non-fiction so in this case I actually think you would be better off sending your book elsewhere. Good luck!
      Best regards,
      Anna

  14. Hello editor,
    Do you accept submissions that have been self published through Createspace and sold through Amazon online?

    Thank you in advance,

    L.R.

    1. Hi L.R.
      Well, if these submissions have already been published there is less incentive for us to publish them. If writers have already sold thousands of copies online, some major publishers would consider that a merit and publish the books in paperback but because we are a small publisher we prefer new work that hasn’t been out in the marketplace at all. If you have, however, self published a different book and comes to us with a new work, we would gladly look at it.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  15. I want to know if you accept literary submissions from Nigeria. Wrote a book about the recent Lagos Deportation. Would like to get it published, thanks.

    1. Hi there,
      Thank you for your interest in MidnightSun. Because we are a very small company we prefer local stories at this point.
      Best of luck elsewhere.
      Regards,
      Anna

  16. Hi, I’m new to writting and I was just wondering if the whole manuscript has to be completed before sending in the first 20 pages.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Kate,
      We think it is a good idea to have finished your manuscript and perhaps even left it for a while before returning to it to edit before sending it off. You usually only get one chance with a publisher so always send your very best work.
      Best wishes,
      Anna

  17. Dear MidnightSun Publishing,

    I am contacting you on behalf of Feelgood Folk—an Adelaide-based music publicity business. We have recently written a 37-page book exploring how to DIY as an independent musician and were wondering if this is something you would be interested in publishing.

    Kind regards,
    Samuel Smith

    1. Hi Samuel,
      Sorry, it doesn’t really seem like our thing at all. Good luck with it though.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  18. To MidnightSun publishing,
    Are you willing to publish a young adult fiction novel written by a student currently in secondary school? I have written three novels, my latest of 123,00 words

    1. Dear Jordan,
      If you want us to consider your work, please submit it according to the submission guidelines on our website. We would more than happy to read the first 20 pages, in hard copy.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  19. Hi there,

    Since you’re not keen on publishing poetry at this time, can you recommend anyone else who would be interested in giving an unknown poet a go?

  20. Hello there.

    I was wondering if you publish Young Adult fantasy books?

    I am currently writing a book and I am checking out places to be published.

    From Gina

    1. Hi Gina,
      We are open for any submissions (according to the guidelines on our website) but it’s highly unlikely that we will publish a Young Adult fantasy book at this stage as we have plenty of adult literary fiction in the pipeline, so we’d advice you to look at other publishers first.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  21. Greetings
    My name is Thabo Ledimo I a young writer from Pretoria, South Africa. I have written a literary fiction novel. I have written many other short stories and I am a freelance writer for two educational online magazines. I am also a motivational player and lyricsts. I am now working on my second project.

    I just need to ask if besides sending a hard copy scipt, will it be possible if I email it to you?

    Regards
    @ThaboDledimo

    1. Hi Thabo,
      At this time we are only accepting hard copy submissions. Sorry. It’s also highly unlikely that we will publish overseas writers as we don’t have the funds to fly you over here to promote your books. Sorry to disappoint.
      Best regards,
      Anna

    1. Hi there,
      No, we only accept hard copy submissions at this point. Just follow the instructions on the submissions page.
      Cheers,
      Anna

  22. Hi Midnight Sun,

    I noticed that you “prefer local stories” – does that mean South Australian, or would you consider a novel set in Melbourne?

    1. Hi Nick,
      We like Australian and international stories that have a local flavour, like Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks, which is very clearly set in Darwin. Looking forward to reading your work.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  23. I’m very much interested in your publishing house, I want to know if you accepts historical fiction that captures the primitive African period and the coming of white men. I’m by name Akinsoto Rotimi, from Nigeria.

    1. Hi Akinsoto,
      Sorry, we are not looking for historical fiction at this point. Thank you for thinking of MidnightSun and good luck elsewhere.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  24. Good day,
    I am writer living in Nigeria and hope to relocate to Australia in the nearest future. I came across your publishing firm upon my research for publishing houses I can do business with in Australia.
    Based on my description, do you accept literary works from writers living in Africa, are there conditions, and are you particular about ‘themes’ when you do?

    Looking forward to your response.

    Regards,

    Richard Odilu

    1. Dear Richard,
      If you move to Australia, please submit to us according to the guidelines on our website. We are very interested in literary works but it is currently difficult for us to publish writers who don’t live in Australia as we have no budget to fly you over here.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  25. I have written a crime/detective fiction novel set in Adelaide and am eager to see it published. It’s relatively short (approx. 65,000 words) but I think it would have wide commercial appeal. I am currently in the middle of writing a sequel. I would like to know if this is the kind of fiction Midnight Sun would be interested in. Thank you.

    1. Hi Phillip,
      Crime fiction is not normally what we would consider, so I think you’d be better off submitting your novel elsewhere. At the moment our backlog for submissions is also getting quite long.
      Best regards,
      Anna

    1. Hi Annabel,
      Thank you for asking but at this point I’m concentrating on literary fiction.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  26. Good afternoon, MidnightSun Publishing.
    I have a completed novel and I’m looking for a publisher to at the very least view a sample of it and make a judgement on its viability. Does MidnightSun Publishing accept submissions electronically, or – as it states above – must I sent my submission in hard-copy format to your address?

  27. I have a novel it would be gratifying to see in publication. It is titled Back Step and is intended as a satirical novel about dancing. What can make this a little different is that most of the characters are at the far end of middle age. As well as belonging to the genre of humour, Back Step might be called a romantic comedy. Major tropes include parody and slapstick as well as satire, and the novel can be read as a parody of the soap opera.

    This is a general enquiry before preparing the hard copy submission, to find whether the novel interests you.

    1. Hi Bruce,
      To be honest, we don’t tend to go for humour or romantic comedies at MidnightSun. However, we don’t want to discourage you from submitting as our guidelines state that we are open for any genre. It has to be your call.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  28. Hello,
    Could you please provide your definition of ‘literary fiction’?
    As I e-search for a potential publisher, Dr Google has left me even more confused as to which genre might best define my writing. Also, do you use the term (or publish) ‘upmarket fiction’ and have any clear definition for it?
    Cheers Sandy

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Literary fiction is a tricky beast. Basically, it is fiction that is shortlisted for awards. Beautifully written stories that rely more on the characters than on the plot. We don’t tend to think too much about upmarket fiction but you could possibly put Amanda Hickie’s An Ordinary Epidemic in that category.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  29. Dear Editor,
    I have many children’s manuscripts (middle grade) and I also illustrated for it.
    I wonder I could send the manuscript and a few pages of illustrated mock up.
    Thank you
    Bakthi Ross

    1. Hi Bakthi,
      Submissions are always welcome at MidnightSun but you have to follow the guidelines and send us only the first 20 pages of your manuscript in hard copy, with a cover letter including your details.
      Best regards,
      Anna

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    Best regards,
    Frank Lee

    1. Dear Frank,
      Thank you for contacting us. We already deal with a printer in Hong Kong who we are happy with but we’ll keep your details on file.
      Best regards,
      Anna

  31. Hello,
    I am a freelance children’s book illustrator. Just wondering if you are happy to accept submissions from illustrators as well as authors?..and if so do I post my illustration samples to the mail address or send by email? Many thanks.

  32. Hello, I’ve just emailed the first 20 pages of my manuscript to you too. I hope that is okay. Regards, Nerissa

  33. Hello!
    Do you accept submissions from American authors?

    I have completed a middle grade novel, set in Sydney, which may appeal to younger readers (especially boys), and readers of CORALINE, 39 CLUES and A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

    Thanks for your help,
    Adam

    1. Hi Adam,
      We do accept submissions from American authors. However, keep in mind that we are a small publisher and have no resources to pay for your flights to come over and promote the book. Also, be aware that all our submissions are hard copy so you need to print out the first 20 pages with a cover letter and your contact details and send in the mail. Good luck!
      Best regards,
      Anna

  34. Dear Editor,
    do you publish contemporary short fiction collections? I’m an Australian writer with countless publication credits across many countries. My fiction ranges between flash and novella length. Ideally, a selection of my work will one day be bought together in my own collection, and be published here in Australia.
    Kind regards,
    Maggie

    1. Dear Maggie,
      We most certainly publish contemporary short fiction collection. You should check out our anthology Breaking Beauty. 2017 is The Year of Stories at MidnightSun and we’ll publish at least three collections, beginning with the exquisite Wild Gestures by British writer Lucy Durneen in January and ending with a celebration at The Australian Short Story Festival on Adelaide in October 2017. Feel free to send your work to us, but please stick to the submission guidelines on our website. Looking forward to reading it!
      Best regards,
      Anna

  35. can you tell me please if you are “vanity publishers”
    I have been stung once and don’t want to repeat that mistake

    1. Hi Patricia,
      I think if you had studied our books and our website you would have found that we are not vanity publishers. We never charge our writers. It’s a very selective process to get published by MidnightSun as we get sent 5-10 manuscripts per week and only publish 3-7 books per year.
      Best regards,
      Anna

    1. Hi Rowena,
      We haven’t yet published any YA fantasy but we might do so in the future. MidnightSun is mainly interested in literary fiction but Into Tordon that we published last year is a Middle Grade speculative fiction. It all depends on the project itself.
      Best regards,
      Anna

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