What we can consider
The Lifted Brow is always a publisher of work that can be classified as 'literary', and we seek to champion work that pushes boundaries and challenges assumptions. We cannot recommend strongly enough that before you consider submitting a manuscript you read our previously published books and/or our magazine, as it'll give you the best possible indication whether your manuscript is suited to us.
Like everything we do, our book publishing will largely focus on authors from the margins: people who live and write from demographic margins, and/or writers whose work sits in the literary margins. (If you're not quite sure if you fit within these descriptions, please don't let it discourage you from submitting – and feel free to get in contact for clarification.)
Below are some books that we love – and if your writing/manuscript is close to any/some of these, then we are definitely interested in hearing from you:
- Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts
- Claudia Rankine's Citizen
- Fiona Wright's Small Acts of Disappearance
- Eula Biss' On Immunity
- Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams
- Ellen van Neerven's Heat and Light
- László Krasznahorkai's Seiobo There Below
- Luke Carman's An Elegant Young Man
- Hilton Als' White Girls
- Melissa Lucaschenko's Steam Pigs
- Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk
- Thomas Bernhard's Correction
- Tom Cho's Looks Who's Morphing
- Eileen Myles' Chelsea Girls
- Vanessa Berry's Ninety9
- Chris Kraus' I Love Dick
- Alexis Wright's Carpentaria
- Wayne Koestenbaum's Humiliation
- Helen Dewitt's Lightning Rods
- Michael Mohammed Ahmad's The Tribe
- Peter Carey's The Fat Man in History
- Steven Amsterdam's Things We Didn't See Coming
- Sophie Calle's The Address Book
- Gerald Murnane's Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs
- Wayne Macauley's Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe
- Sheila Heti's How Should A Person Be?
Submissions are welcome from anyone who identifies as Australian. (For now, our focus is on unearthing Australian writers and work – sorry non-Australians!) We particularly encourage people who identify as queer and/or trans and/or intersex and/or are of any colour, religion, or gender, and/or have a disability, to submit. There are of course no age limits.
We currently accept unsolicited submissions in the categories of non-fiction and fiction (including short stories) – but we also encourage works that blend these and any other categories in the one manuscript.
We are not currently looking for unsolicited works of poetry, romance, fantasy, crime, true crime, adventure, parenting, cooking, traditional memoir, self-help, history, academic texts, YA, children's literature, and nor are we currently interested in scripts. However, if your manuscript experiments in a literary sense with combining any of the above forms, we will consider it.
We will consider books of any length, though we only can read three sample chapters, or a maximum 15,000 word sample if your work does not have chapters.
We read all manuscripts carefully but are only able to publish a very small number of those we consider.
What to include
Submissions should include three sample chapters (these do not need to be consecutive or the opening chapters), or a maximum 15,000 word sample if your work does not have chapters. Also include your author CV, one that focuses on your publishing and writing history.
In your cover letter, please include a (200 word maximum) synopsis of the work, a (100 word maximum) bio, and also please briefly answer these questions:
In what category would you place your manuscript?
What three books would you see as a the closest comparisons titles to yours?
Why you are the right person to write this book?
What happens after you submit
When you send us your submission, you'll receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt. No other acknowledgement will be sent to you.
Should we wish to pursue your project, we will be in contact with you via email within a month. If you haven't heard from us after a month, feel free to give us a little prod. Please note that if your work is declined, no further correspondence will be entered into, and we will not provide you with reasons for our decision, because we simply do not have the time and/or resources to do so!
All questions can be directed to email@example.com
Note: We also would love to hear from those who haven't written a whole manuscript, or even three chapters (or the equivalent) of a manuscript, but who have an idea for a book they believe would just be so perfect for The Lifted Brow. If we deem the book idea right for us and you the person to write it, we would be keen to work with you, be it with ongoing editorial advice, mentoring, or other kinds of support. We understand that not everyone has the same access to networks and resources, and we are willing to make the investment in writing and writers who need it, in order to make sure work that deserves it can find its readers.