Guidelines for New Writers
Longacre Press is an independently owned New Zealand book publishing
company. We publish young adult fiction, junior fiction and a wide range of
New Zealand non-fiction. We do not publish poetry, plays, children's picture
books, nor adult fiction.
When submitting a manuscript to Longacre Press, please send a synopsis of
your manuscript, two to three sample chapters and a covering letter
outlining your writing background. For non-fiction titles, please also
include who your intended readership is and list any competing books on the
same subject. We prefer hard-copy typeset on A4 paper, double-spaced and a
stamped, self-addressed envelope enclosed.
PO Box 5340
Each year we receive hundreds of requests from writers asking for advice.
Please note that we do not offer critiques and we rarely comment on work
which we do not intend publishing. There are professionals who supply this
service and you will need to seek them independently. (Please see below.)
We appreciate this may be disappointing to you but we hope the following
information may be useful and help you decide what to do next.
The booklet Writing and Illustrating for Children is available from
Children's and Young Adult Services, Canterbury Public Library, P.O. Box
1466, Christchurch. Cost $5 plus 50 cents post and packing. It provides
useful information for new writers, including publisher addresses, contacts,
and submission guidelines.
Another booklet The Book Publishers and Distributors of Aotearoa New Zealand
Directory is available from BPANZ, PO Box 36 477, Northcote, Auckland 1309.
Cost $10 including postage. As well as contact addresses it indicates the
type of work each publishing house concentrates on. This booklet is also
available from the BPANZ website: www.bpanz.org.nz
Professional assessments are available from a number of private individuals
and firms, some of whom also offer agency services or self-publishing.
Contact your library, or the local branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) for a list.
Consider joining the local branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (Pen NZ Inc);
consider joining a creative writing group.
Browse writers' websites, e.g.: www.nzwriters.co.nz or