Fiction and Non-Fiction: How to Submit
What we want, and why
Pantera Press aims to be known as a great new home for Australia’s next generation of best-loved authors™.
That means we want to discover, launch and nurture previously unpublished Australian writers… writers who, despite having more than one great book in them, and having a passion for writing, have not been able to get published.
We are seeking books with wide appeal. For both fiction and non-fiction, we are looking for books with bestseller-potential and with strong, quality writing and style. For fiction our focus is on mass-market and popular books, that is, great stories that are riveting and well-written. For non-fiction, our focus is on books that foster ideas and debate.
We definitely want to hear from you if you think you might be the next John Grisham, Tim Winton, Jodi Picoult, Kate Grenville, Geraldine Brooks, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King or Jane Green, or if you’ve written the next 'Spotless', 'Freakonomics' or 'Tipping Point'. Check out some of our books on our website, and you'll see what we've been publishing so far.
Please note we are NOT currently publishing picture or illustrated books, children’s books, cookbooks, memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, self-help books, health and well being books, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories, compilations, novellas, chapter books, or books aimed at an audience younger than 15 years old.
Please do not submit work to us that you’re submitting to another publisher.
If you’d like to submit to us, here’s what we need
If you strongly believe your fiction or non-fiction work and your passion for writing suit our criteria above, please email us the following 4 things to sample(at)panterapress.com
N.B. Please remember to replace the (at) with an @ symbol in the email address.
In the body of your email please copy and paste the below paragraph and fill in the relevant details:
Pen Name (if you have one):
Phone number (including area code):
The attached is my original work in its entirety.
N.B. If you are sending us multiple submissions, please send each as a separate email.
A brief synopsis of your book. Please keep it to a maximum of two A4 single pages, in 1.5 or double spacing. Please send this as a .pdf, or as a word document if you are unable to save it as a .pdf.
For non-fiction, please also tell us what's original about your book, and identify the market for it, including its size and demographics as well as explain how your book differs from the other books on the same topic that it will be competing with for shelfspace.
3. Sample Chapters
The first 50 pages of your manuscript, on A4 paper with at least 2.5cm (1”) margins all around, and formatted in 1.5 or double spacing. Please send this as a .pdf, or as a word document if you are unable to save it as a .pdf.
At the top of each page, please insert:
- The page number
- The title of your work
- Your name
3. Personal Bio
A personal bio, no more than two A4 pages. Please send this as a .pdf, or as a word document if you are unable to save it as a .pdf. We are looking for some colour about you, including:
- Your work history and any relevant life details
- Why you like to write, what your writing ambitions are and how you have tried to fulfill them so far
- For non-fiction, what are your credentials for writing this book
When will you hear from us?
We will email you to confirm that we have received your submission.
If you haven’t received this acknowledgement email after 3 weeks, please click here and use this form to check that we have received your submission.
We will read your submission as quickly as we can, but please be patient. We are a small team and, while we will try hard to do it faster, our speed is very dependent on the volume of submissions we receive and our production schedule of new releases.
We will let you know either way, so please do not contact us in the meantime after you’ve received our email acknowledgment of receipt.
Owing to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot discuss submissions by telephone or in person, and we cannot provide detailed editorial feedback.
If we want to see more of your work, we will let you know by email once we have read and considered your submission.
We look forward to reading your work.