Author / Illustrator
Submission Guidelines

Scholastic New Zealand accepts unsolicited manuscripts only from New Zealand authors who have had other titles accepted by a major New Zealand trade publisher in the past ten years.

We are, however, interested in hearing from new illustrators.
If you would like to submit your illustration portfolio, please send a link to your website or a PDF of up to 5MB to


Author submissions

We publish mostly picture books, junior and middle fiction, with minimal YA and children’s non-fiction.

If eligible to submit, please allow up to 6 months for a decision to be made about your work.

with your manuscript attached as a Word document, along with a cover letter and word count.

Please note that Scholastic will not provide a written assessment or critique of your work.


If you are not eligible to submit and/or you require an assessment of your work, Scholastic recommends that you:

1.  Approach  the  NZSA for  guidance  on  how  best  to  proceed.  They  also  have  the  NZSA  appraisal service, which will give you feedback on your work.



2. Approach the New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors (NZAMA) – a group of professional editors and writers who offer authors objective advice and guidance on how to bring their work closer to publishable standard.
They have all worked in manuscript assessing, editing, and/or the teaching of writing. NZAMA has a code of professional practice and strict entry criteria.

Writers need to contact members individually for fees and other details, such as how to present manuscripts (e.g. do not email manuscripts unless the assessor has agreed). Please make enquiries by email or write with a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Below are some of the NZAMA members who specialise in children’s books:



Christine Dale (dahlDESIGN)
Unit 1, 43 Gavin Street, Ellerslie, Auckland 1060
Phone: 09 525 0957
Fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults.

Janice Marriott
16 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024
Life writing, novels (adult, YA and children’s) and especially picture books.


Tina Shaw
Contemporary fiction, non-fiction, YA and children’s fiction.


Fleur Beale
22/36 Dee Street, Island Bay, Wellington 6023
Ph: 04 977 8737
Fiction for children and young adults (not poetry).

Norman Bilbrough
2/144 Mairangi Rd, Wilton, Wellington
Ph (04) 472 6824
Fiction, work for children and young adults, non-fiction, mentoring.

Barbara Murison(Barbara Murison Assessment Services)
PO Box 113, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, 5250
Ph (04) 293 1247
Children’s books, young adult,picture books.

Barbara Else (Total Fiction Services)               PO Box 6292 Dunedin North Dunedin 9059


Fiction for adults, young adults and children.


Chris Else (Total Fiction Services)
PO Box 6292 Dunedin North Dunedin 9059

Phone: 04 565 4429

Email: Fiction and non-fiction, adults, young adults and children. Mentoring.


3. Check the Storylines Trust website

The Tom Fitzgibbon Award is aimed at previously unpublished writers for children. The manuscript should be between 10,000 and 60,000 words, and be aimed at the junior fiction audience. Check the website for instructions and entry form.

The Joy Cowley Award is designed to encourage writers to try writing a picture book. It is opento all comers but was specifically aimed at published writers who have yet to try writing at this difficult level.



4. Approach a literary agent
Try submitting your work to a literary agent with a view to their acting on your behalf to place your work.  An agent usually works on a percentage of the royalty earnings... and should not request an up - front payment as a guarantee of publication.  However, you may be asked to pay for the services these  agents  and  consultants  offer.  We  suggest  you write  to  them  to discuss what you  require  and what  fees  may  be  involved before  sending  them  your  work.  These agencies  should  not  be  used  for assessment of manuscripts prior to publishing. In this instance you are hiring these people to act on your  behalf and,  should  they  accept  you  as  a  client, they  will  actively  promote  your  work.  For  an accurate,  impartial  assessment  of  your  work, prior  to  approaching  an  agent,  see  the above list of manuscript assessors.

Frances Plumpton Literary Agency
PO Box 15 061
New Lynn
Auckland 0640


Total Fiction Services
PO Box 46-031
Park Avenue
Lower Hutt 5044

There may be others in your area that we are not aware of.



Submissions to Book Club

(for Self - Published Authors)

If you would like your self-published book to be considered for distribution on our Book Club brochures please follow the following steps.

1. Send two copies of the finished book to this address with a Stamped Self-Addressed reply envelope:

Book Club Submissions
Scholastic New Zealand Ltd
Private Bag 94407
Auckland 2163


2. Please include the following:
Date of publication
Sales to Date
Where previously offered
Any promotional material that you have used.


3. We will contact you if we are interested in offering your book through Book Clubs.


Please do not phone or email for updates on your submission’s process.  
Every submission is carefully considered and this process can take up to a month.  
Unsuccessful submissions will be returned in your self-addressed envelope.
We are unable to offer editorial or self-publishing advice on these submissions. You will find many resources for this on the internet.