Call for submissions - Children's Books

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children’s book writer or artist/illustrator?

Do you have an unpublished story you would like published?

If you answered yes to one or both questions, then Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) wants to hear from you!


To showcase the talent and brilliance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s books writers and artists/illustrators.


  • Stories that connect with young readers, capturing their imaginations with rich cultural stories and illustrations, fiction and non-fiction.

  • Stories written in English, Indigenous Language or both.

  • Stories supported by the author/illustrator/artist's community or where appropriate permissions have been secured.

  • Illustrations can use a range of media, from water colour, acrylic, colour pencils to collage, photography and digital.


We are looking for two different types of children’s books; board books and picture books.

Board books: Age 0-3 Years

Board book stories are very simple with basic plots or learning concepts like the alphabet or colours or sometimes wordless with only illustrations. Each page may have a single word or a very simple sentence.

The illustrations in board books are usually bright, colourful images to capture the early reader. 

Board books are designed for very young children and are made of thick paperboard to take the wear and tear. Board books are generally 12 pages and 300 words or less.

Picture books: Age 3–8 Years

Children in this stage are entering the emergent reader and early reader stages. Their attention spans are longer and they will engage for a little longer.

Illustrations dominate the text or the illustrations share the role of telling the story. It is not uncommon for every single page of a picture book to be illustrated.

Picture books can be written in different styles with simple plots. Picture books are normally 32 pages long and around 500-700 words (often advised to aim for 500).


Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) is the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies’ (AIATSIS) publishing arm and Australia’s leading publisher of Australian Indigenous studies.

We have an eye for identifying compelling and awardwinning narratives that capture the unique heritage and diverse lives of Australia’s first peoples.

We pride ourselves on our ethical publishing which provides readers with a rich understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories and cultures.

All books submitted are assessed for publication with ASP.

Feel free to contact the ASP team at or on (02) 6246 1192.

Last reviewed: 9 Jan 2020