What we’re looking for
We always like to read picture book texts with energy and originality and a strong story with a beginning and a middle and an end. Please note we do not publish educational books or didactic books.
We also enjoy reading novels for 7- to 12-year-olds. We are looking for strong plot and voice, and love humour.
We accept submissions if you are previously published, if your work is recommended to us by an agent, manuscript assessor or book industry contact, or if you have relevant professional writing or illustration experience.
Please submit your manuscripts typed, double-spaced, with a wide margin. All pages should be numbered.
Illustrators may send a link to a portfolio, but we do not accept emailed manuscript submissions.
Your manuscript should be accompanied by:
1. A cover letter
2. A list of any previous work you have had published and some background information about yourself.
3. If appropriate, samples of illustrations (not originals).
4. Self-addressed pre-paid packaging, if you wish to have your material returned. If you do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope, your manuscript will be destroyed.
Please note that Gecko Press does not carry insurance for submitted manuscripts, so always keep a copy of your work.
Post manuscripts to:
PO Box 9335
What happens next?
We will post you an acknowledgement within ten days of receiving your submission.
While we do our best to respond within 16 weeks, circumstances may sometimes result in a longer response period.
We do not offer feedback on unsuccessful submissions—this is because our feedback would be by necessity shallow and therefore not helpful. For a full assessment try the NZAMA (New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors).