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Submission guidelines

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.