Before approaching UWA Publishing, we strongly suggest that you know what we publish and whether your proposed book sits well alongside other UWAP titles in the same genre.

We have a strong interest in works about Perth and Western Australia, and publish books across the following areas: contemporary fiction; poetry; non-fiction across social, political and cultural spheres; Australian and Western Australian history, and botanical and environmental sciences.

We do not publish books for children or young adults, and are only interested in memoir or biography if you have already discussed the project with us.

We receive more proposals than we can comfortably handle and cannot reply to all submissions. If you have not heard from us within 4 months, please accept this as indication that we will not be taking up your offer to publish your book. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Proposals are first evaluated internally and then proceed to the UWAP Publishing Committee if they are of interest. Our Publishing Committee is the decision-making body of UWA Publishing.

On this page:

  • General book proposals
  • UWAP Scholarly submissions
  • UWAP Custom enquiries 

GENERAL BOOK PROPOSALS

Book proposals must be submitted via the form below. We will not accept submissions via any other channel.

Please follow the guidelines when writing your proposal. 

  1. Title: What is the proposed title of your book? Try to give your book a descriptive and informative title that is both fitting and appealing.
  2. Brief biography of author(s)/editor(s): Please include a brief biography of the author(s), editor(s) and any contributor(s) to the book. Each bio note should be no longer than 100 words.
  3. List of author(s)/editor(s) previous publications.
  4. Rationale: What is the reason for writing the book? Briefly outline the context and intention of this book, addressing how you believe it is distinctive in the current market. What sets your book apart and would compel a reader to purchase it? This will require you spending time in bookshops (both physical and virtual) and understanding that a readership for a book is the first and most important consideration for us. 
  5. Summary and chapter synopsis: Provide a summary that introduces the main focus/argument of the book as well as details of each intended chapter.
  6. Proposed length: word count preferred. 
  7. Readership and market: Who is your book for? Indicate the main readership target and any particular interest groups you think would purchase it. It is essential that authors participate in the marketing of their books so any demonstrated ability or background in reaching a readership will be useful in getting our attention. How many books can you sell yourself? It is valuable to consider that an author will personally sell some of the print run – at events or to colleagues and friends. 
  8. Competition assessment: What other published or forthcoming titles would be in direct competition to your book?
  9. Intended completion: If your proposal is accepted, when would you be able to submit a completed manuscript to UWA Publishing? 

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UWA PUBLISHING SCHOLARLY

Established in 2014, UWAP Scholarly is an imprint of UWA Publishing that publishes academic monographs in order to deliver dynamic research to both the university sector and the wider reading community. Our scholarly titles are characterised by lively writing and coherent arguments in the fields of humanities and social sciences, and natural sciences.

 In a statement addressing the idea behind the scholarly imprint, UWA Publishing’s Director Terri-ann White explained that, “we have launched this imprint in response to a crisis of career-building currently facing Australian Humanities academics, to cope with the demand of academics and the limited publications opportunities today.”

UWAP Scholarly expands upon UWA Publishing’s current list, which covers a range of fiction and non-fiction. We require a standard publishing subsidy to offset some of the production costs associated with making a book. This subvention, or subsidy, will be in the vicinity of $3-6,000.

UWA Publishing will take submissions to peer review prior to offering a publishing contract.

Please send your submission via the form below. We will not accept submissions via any other channel.

  1. Title: What is the proposed title of your book? Try to give your book a descriptive and informative title that is both fitting and appealing.
  2. Brief biography of author(s)/editor(s): Please include a brief biography of the author(s), editor(s) and any contributor(s) to the book. Each bio note should be no longer than 100 words.
  3. List of author(s)/editor(s) previous publications.
  4. Rationale: What is the reason for writing the book? Briefly outline the context and intention of this book, addressing how you believe it is distinctive in the current market. What sets your book apart and would compel a reader to purchase it? This will require you spending time in bookshops (both physical and virtual) and understanding that a readership for a book is the first and most important consideration for us. 
  5. Summary and chapter synopsis: Provide a summary that introduces the main focus/argument of the book as well as details of each intended chapter.
  6. Proposed length: word count preferred. 
  7. Illustrations: Do you envisage the writing being accompanied with illustrations, photographs or graphics? If so, how many and what kind of illustration? Carefully consider if such illustrations add value to the text. Please confirm that all illustrations and photographs are high-resolution.
  8. Intellectual Property: What print and electronic permissions/clearances are needed for materials cited or sourced during the research of your book.
  9. Readership and market: Who is your book for? Indicate the main readership target and any particular interest groups you think would purchase it. It is essential that authors participate in the marketing of their books so any demonstrated ability or background in reaching a readership will be useful in getting our attention. How many books can you sell yourself? It is valuable to consider that an author will personally sell some of the print run – at events or to colleagues and friends. 
  10. Competition assessment: What other published or forthcoming titles would be in direct competition to your book?
  11. Intended completion: If your proposal is accepted, when would you be able to submit a completed manuscript to UWA Publishing? 
  12. Publishing subsidy: Please provide an estimate of the financial support that may be forthcoming from research grants, institutional sources or personal funds.
  13. Sample chapters: If you have completed any draft chapters, please attach for consideration. Please limit this to three chapters.

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UWA PUBLISHING CUSTOM

UWAP Custom is our full-service division that will project manage the publication of quality books for your organisation.

UWAP Custom offers expertise in editing, design, proofreading, printing, binding, and/or distribution across a variety of genres to meet your corporate objectives.

In addition, existing titles may be considered to be customised with your own brand for promotional campaigns or fundraising initiatives.

To find out how UWAP Custom can assist you with your next project, please submit your enquiry via the form below.

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