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Have you a tale to tell?

Calling for submissions

Aboriginal Studies Press are on the hunt for stories that connect with young readers, capture their imaginations and celebrate the rich culture and diverse lives of Australia’s First Peoples. We are calling for submissions from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers or illustrators.

Our goal is to showcase the talent and brilliance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s book writers and artist/illustrators and share the best of Australia's stories with current and future generations.

What are we looking for?

  • Stories that connect with young readers, capturing their imaginations with rich cultural stories and illustrations, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Stories written in English, Indigenous languages 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 watercolour, acrylic and coloured pencils to collage, photography and digital.

What do we mean by children’s books?

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 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 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).


Please complete this proposal form and upload a sample submission. 
The information in this proposal allows Aboriginal Studies Press to assess your work. 

Please keep your answers reasonably short, but provide enough information for us to make an informed decision.

Call 02 6246 1108 if you have queries about completing this proposal.

Personal details
Are you a writer or illustrator?
Have you been published before?
Do you have experience in creating children's books?
How many years’ experience do you have as a writer?
How many years’ experience do you have as an illustrator?
The proposed book


Please upload work for consideration. 

Please provide digital attachments only. If you mail us any hard copies or materials (e.g. CDs or USBs) we are unable to return them to you. Please do not send originals of your manuscript or any images. Photocopies or low resolution images are sufficient. 

One file only.
7 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.

Please read before you submit

Due to the large volume of query emails we receive, we are unable to respond to submissions that are unsuccessful. If you do not receive a response from us within four months please assume your submission is unsuccessful.

Our consideration process

Submissions will be considered by one or more of our publishers or editors. It may also be read by other people in-house, including (but not limited to) communication and marketing staff. Submissions are treated as confidential material.

Last updated: 25 May 2022