What is Walker Wednesday?

Walker Wednesday allows budding authors to submit their manuscripts to Walker Books’ award-winning editorial team on the first Wednesday of each month. Walker Books is currently accepting submissions of middle grade and young adult fiction from Australian and New Zealand authors.

Walker Books Australia are seeking young adult and middle-grade manuscripts with strong writing, engaging characters and well-developed world-building. We are open to young adult and middle-grade of all genres, but are particularly interested in submissions with diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors.

Submission Guidelines:

Please email a 1-page cover letter and the first 50 pages of your manuscript as a Word document to WalkerWednesdays@walkerbooks.com.au on the first Wednesday of the month. Submissions close at midnight AEST.

The subject line of your email should say “Walker Wednesdays Submission” and include the title of your manuscript.

Your cover letter must include:

If you follow the guidelines and your manuscript is successful, you will be contacted within 3 weeks with a request for the full manuscript for further consideration.

Due to the large number of submissions, we are unable to respond if you have failed to follow the submission guidelines or if your manuscript is unsuccessful.

Walker Books Australia

Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Walker Books Australia is also passionate about the Australian Children’s book industry and is a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award-winning. Walker Books Australia is proud to be the home of Black Dog Books, an award-winning imprint with a reputation for publishing some of Australia’s finest writers including Carole Wilkinson, Sue Lawson and Suzy Zail.


If you have a question about Walker Wednesday or your submission, please email it through to WalkerWednesdays@walkerbooks.com.au and we will endeavour to reply in a prompt manner. We prefer that you email your query, rather than call the Walker Books Australia office. Thank you!