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Submitting a manuscript
We are always interested in hearing from new illustrators WHO ARE BASED IN NEW ZEALAND.
If you would like to submit your illustration portfolio, please send a link to your website or a PDF of up to 5MB to email@example.com
Please note that we will only contact you should we have a suitable project for you at some time in the future.
If you are not eligible to submit and you are looking for a publisher for your manuscript and/or you require an assessment of your work, Scholastic recommends that you:
1) Consider entering your manuscript into a Storylines Trust award www.storylines.org.nz/Awards
The Tom Fitzgibbon Award is aimed at previously unpublished writers for children.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. Winning manuscripts are published by Scholastic NZ.
The Joy Cowley Award is designed to encourage writers to try writing a picture book. It is open to all comers but was specifically aimed at published writers who have yet to try writing at this difficult level. Winning manuscripts are published by Scholastic NZ.
2) Approach the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) for guidance on how best to proceed. They also have the NZSA appraisal service, which will give you feedback on your work. https://authors.org.nz/
3) 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.
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 (Auckland)
Total Fiction Services (Dunedin)
High Spot Literary
There may be others that we are not aware of.
Due to an overwhelming number of submissions we are temporarily closed for manuscript submissions.
(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
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.