Magabala Books

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house. Aboriginal owned and led, we celebrate and nurture the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices through the publication of quality literature. Magabala publishes 15 - 20 new titles annually across a range of genres: children’s picture books, memoir, fiction (junior, YA and adult), non-fiction, graphic novels, social history and poetry. We also keep a substantial backlist in print and our earliest titles stand strong alongside new releases in the trade and are of significant cultural importance. Our award-winning titles are recognised for their literary merit, cultural significance and contribution to the canon of Australian literature. Magabala’s commitment to developing new and emerging Indigenous writers, illustrators and one-time storytellers, sets us apart from other publishers. Our program of professional development is unparalleled in the industry. In 2020 Magabala Books was awarded the Australian Book Industry Awards 'Small Publisher of the Year'.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kate Rendell
Contact Title
Project Officer
Submissions Policy
Magabala accepts unsolicited manuscripts directly from authors and literary agents. We are only able to publish a very small number of the manuscripts we receive. We will not consider manuscripts that have been submitted to, and currently under consideration by, other publishers. Magabala Books is an Indigenous publishing house. Publishing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, storytellers and illustrators is our mandate. If you are a non-Indigenous author your submission to Magabala Books will not be considered. Magabala Books will consider collaborative works between Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors. However, there must be a minimum of 50% contribution by the Indigenous collaborator(s) on the text, from the inception of the project (for example a children's picture book manuscript by a non-Indigenous author with an Indigenous illustrator is ineligible). When assessing collaborative submissions, we examine the process and relationships behind the collaboration carefully.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
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Year round
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Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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