Grattan Street Press is seeking manuscripts for publication. We are keen to publish daring new work that is engrossing, intelligent and engages with a wide audience.

Grattan Street Press accepts both non-fiction and fiction submissions for consideration. We are especially interested in publishing articles and research papers that engage with issues related to the publishing industry. We accept and encourage creative pieces from a wide range of genres.

Fiction submissions

When it comes to fiction, our editorial team is especially interested in slipstream fiction – that is, fiction where the verve of genre meets the nuance of the literary. But if you have something brilliant hiding in your desk drawer that doesn’t fit that bracket, don’t let that deter you. Send it to us and see what happens.

When submitting fiction, please include the following:

  • the first three chapters of your manuscript (or a maximum excerpt of 12,000 words)
  • a short summary of the complete work
  • a brief author CV

Non-fiction proposals and submissions:

In terms of nonfiction, we’re looking for well-written long-form work that explores contemporary social, political and cultural issues with insight and literary flair.

When submitting nonfiction, please include the following:

  • one draft chapter
  • a table of contents
  • a 500-word outline of the proposed work
  • a brief author CV


Note: Please send no more than two proposals. We’d love to read more of your work but we don’t have the staff right now.


Blog Submissions

We are currently seeking writers for the following work for our blog:

  • Literary firsts in Australia/the history of Australian publishing
  • The future of print on demand technology
  • How the internet has changed writing culture
  • The culture of micropresses and small publishing in Australia
  • Why fiction doesn’t succeed online as well as non-fiction

We are also interested in work that discusses publishing processes and the publishing industry more broadly, for example:

  • Publishing trends, like the rise of crossover fiction or changes in the reception of particular genres
  • Insights into the publishing process, like design, marketing or editing
  • Interviews with authors and industry professionals
  • Small press developments and activities

Work for our blog should be approximately 500 words.

Feel free to contact us with a pitch idea or with any other questions at



When will I hear about the outcome of my submission?
We’ll get back to you within 30 days of submitting. Given we’re a student press, we might take a little longer during the semester break. We respond to all submitters.

Will I receive feedback on my submission?
We provide feedback on work we plan to publish.

What do I do if my work’s been accepted elsewhere?
Please log in to Submittable and withdraw your piece if it’s accepted elsewhere. We’d love to see what else you have, though!

How many pieces can I submit at once?
Please submit up to two pieces at a time.

What kind of work do you accept?
You can find our previously published blog posts here. You can read our submission guidelines over here. If you’re still not sure, feel free to pitch us an idea or ask any other questions over here.

Do you pay your contributors?
As we are a not-for-profit student-run organisation, we aren’t able to pay our contributors.

I’m having trouble using Submittable. What do I do?
You can contact the lovely people at Submittable here.