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Picture Book Submissions

Starfish Bay Children’s Books is an independent publishing house based in Adelaide, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. We recommend that anyone wanting to submit their manuscript takes a couple of minutes to read all the guidelines below.

What We Are Looking For

We predominantly publish picture books for children aged 3 to 8. We will consider submissions from anyone providing they are suitable for our target audience.

Our main focus is to support unpublished authors. We are excited to be able to offer a publishing opportunity to talented, emerging writers of quality manuscripts for children. We are also happy to help established authors publish further works.

We would like to employ a wider range of illustrators, so we would encourage you to send us a few sample illustrations by email. We are also interested in encouraging illustrators to write their own picture book stories and submit them to us.

Initial Assessment

For the initial assessment, we will need the following information to be attached along with your email:

  • A one-sentence summary of the book.
  • A synopsis of no more than 300 words.
  • For picture book submissions, please include the full manuscript. Except in the case of author-illustrators, we prefer that submissions not include artwork.

Please also be sure to include the following information:

  • Title of your manuscript
  • Age level of readers
  • Any pertinent biographical information such as former publications or any special knowledge or experience that is relevant to the book.

Submission Policy

At the present time, we accept email submissions only. Starfish Bay Children’s Books accepts submissions to the email address An acknowledgement email will be sent out automatically. If you are concerned that your submission was not received, please email us at to confirm receipt. We will not accept any hard copy submissions and will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of your work.

Upon receipt of your proposal, our editors will assess it and decide whether it meets our high standards. This process may take up to three months.

If you do not hear from us within three months, please assume that we do not wish to pursue your manuscript for our lists. No further correspondence will be entered into, and we regret that we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful submissions. Should Starfish Bay Children’s Books wish to pursue your project, we will be in contact with you via email within 3 months.

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