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Bonfire Books is an independent publisher. We welcome author involvement at every stage of production. Our team edits, typesets, formats and proofreads completed manuscripts and we work with both authors and illustrators to produce original cover designs. We launch and promote our newly published works. 

Submission guidelines (General)

Bonfire Books welcomes submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books, as well as original translations into English. Please send your complete manuscript (pdf or docx) and a short synopsis to info(at) with “Submission-YOUR SURNAME” as the email subject.

For Fiction and Non-fiction our minimum word count is 12,000 with no maximum. We are open to literary fiction, historical fiction, short stories, memoir, essays, history, literary or cultural criticism and hybrid genres. Non-fiction with a particularly Australian focus will be looked upon favourably.

For Poetry our minimum length is forty pages. Poetry submissions must be sent in pdf to preserve formatting. We appreciate both traditional and modern styles and value music and rhythm.

For Children’s Books please include a sample of artwork as well as the complete text.

In addition, please provide a cover letter with a brief note about yourself and, if applicable, a list of previously published works in book form or in periodicals. Previous publication is not necessary to be considered. Pseudonymous authors welcome.

Successful authors will be contacted within three months.

We look forward to reading your work.

Submission guidelines (Poetry Anthology 2022)

Please send up to 3 poems in a .pdf, .doc or .docx attachment to with “Your Surname-POETRY” in the subject line. Poems should be no more than 100 lines each and no more than five pages per full submission. Poems may be previously published in periodicals within the last five years but not in books. Poets will be remunerated and will receive a copy of the anthology. While all poetic forms and themes are welcome, preference will be given to music, sense, meaning and felicity of language. Submissions are open to Australian citizens and Australian residents only.

The Anthology shall be published in early 2023