Wakefield Press is an independent book publishing company based in Adelaide, South Australia.

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At Wakefield Press we love reading manuscripts from new writers but the time it takes to register and read hundreds of manuscripts and then respond forced us to close our submissions some years ago.

We are now open for all submissions. Thank you for being so patient. We've changed the rules to speed the process so please read carefully.

Please do not call to discuss your submission. We are a small publishing house and do not have the time or resources to discuss submissions.

There is a common misconception that Wakefield Press receives funding from the state government’s Arts South Australia to assist the publishing of South Australian writers and artists. This is no longer the case. Arts South Australia withdrew the incentive in 2014.

We welcome submissions equally from any part of the world. Our decision depends purely on whether we we love a work, and believe we can publish it successfully and without losing money.

• Send your manuscript with your email address, a short (one-page or less) synopsis and potential audience.

• Do not send anything original, only copies of your writing and photos. Keep the original safe.

• We will not let you know the manuscript has arrived. Be assured it will arrive if you addressed it correctly to Submissions Editor, Wakefield Press, 16 Rose Street Mile End, 5031; or submissions@wakefieldpress.com.au

• Your manuscript will be read. We value your writing and we don’t want to miss that next bestseller.

• No manuscripts will be returned so please don’t include postage. But don’t worry, they will be shredded and recycled so there is no danger of your work being read by others.

• If we are interested in publishing your work we will contact you, otherwise you will not hear from us. There’s no point contacting Wakefield Press to see how things are going.

• We will read everything within two months so if you haven’t heard by then, try elsewhere; different publishers are looking for different types of books. Just because it didn’t suit Wakefield Press doesn’t mean it won’t appeal to another publisher.

Rather than submit your work directly, you may prefer to enter the Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award, a biannual competition. If your manuscript wins you not only have it published by Wakefield Press but win $10,000. We often publish shortlisted titles as well. Check the Arts South Australia website for details.

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