Best Independent is currently open for submissions. We are seeking poetry and prose works and graphic novels. We are interested in showcasing writing from every area of Australian life, especially migrant, refugee, LGBT, indigenous and other under-represented voices that reflect Australian diversity.

Submissions should be as a Word .doc file with a file name which provides the title of the work and the your last name. Please send your complete manuscript rather than a section or sample and attach a synopsis with a brief author biography. Formatting: Times New Roman, double spaced with no double spaces after full stops. Also, paragraph indenting rather than tab indenting. Double quotation marks for dialogue. Spelling should be Australian English and punctuation rules per those of the Oxford Dictionary.

Please adhere to the word limit and any other requirements of the specific submission rules, as work will be summarily rejected if these are not followed.

Authors whose manuscripts are accepted can expect the following: a percentage of profit, expert marketing and professional feedback as well as a launch for works of novel length. We also expect right of refusal for your next work.

No Reader's Fees.

Best Independent has chosen to make a stand against the increasingly common scourge of so-called 'readers' fees', which we see as one of the most egregious and unnecessarily punitive obstacles for new writers. There is no doorman here with a velvet rope standing between you and having your work considered for publication. Simply send us your manuscript and we will consider it on its merits. If your manuscript is not accepted, you will be informed of this with a short email outlining the reasons why. Given our generous submissions policy, please understand that we are unable to provide a detailed critique of an individual's work – there are many qualified organisations online who are able to help with this.


Best Independent is currently calling for submissions for our latest anthology Australian Voices, which will showcase the work of previously unpublished and up-and-coming authors from every walk of Australian life. The theme of the anthology is 'Australia'. We are especially interested in receiving realistic stories which reflect the suburbs and the diversity of Australian experience, in which the location features as a character; however, any work which falls inside the scope of the theme 'Australia' will be considered.

Works should be either prose or poetry and between 500 and 3000 words.

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