Grattan Street Press is a trade publisher based in Melbourne. A start-up press, we aim to publish a range of work, including contemporary literature, trade non-fiction, and children’s books, and to re-publish culturally valuable works that are out of print. The press is an initiative of the Publishing and Communications program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, and is staffed by graduate students, who receive hands-on experience of every aspect of the publication process.

The press is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to build long-term relationships within the Australian literary and publishing community. We also partner with community organisations in Melbourne and beyond to co-publish books that contribute to public knowledge and discussion.


The Millennials Project will be an ongoing effort to explore the world through the eyes of a generation that is largely undefined: the millennials. But we want to start a conversation, we want to learn about the lives of fellow millennials, and we want to know what’s inspiring you, what’s troubling you, and what you’re going to do about it.

The Millennials Project seeks to address the challenges that face our generation, and to explore the ideas, styles, movements and philosophies that animate us. The first step will be a series of online articles on the Millennials Project blog, but, over time, the project will combine digital media, print publication and live events in order to bring this conversation to life. 

We are currently seeking submissions from millennials around the world. Pieces can be non-fiction or fiction, between 500-2000 words. If you have a pitch or just want to express your interest, email us at editorial@grattanstreetpress.com.

We look forward to being surprised by your pitches and submissions, but, to kick us off, here are some things we’ve been thinking about.

  • The exposure economy
  • Disposable living
  • Underemployment
  • Overeducation
  • Avocados
  • Industry assassination
  • Changing internet communities
  • Failing social media
  • job dissatisfaction
  • Online activism
  • Participation trophies
  • Multi-generational households
  • Gig economy
  • The post-nuclear family
  • The sharing economy
  • Job insecurity
  • WebMD
  • Polyamory
  • Sharehouse culture
  • Fur babies
  • Internet linguistics
  • Third culture kids
  • Constant contactability
  • Memes
  • Disruption

Grattan Street Press is seeking manuscripts for publication. We are keen to publish daring new works that are intelligent and engage with a wide audience. We are especially interested in works that have a distinctive voice and unique stories to tell. 

We are seeking both fiction and non-fiction of a wide variety including: short story collections, novellas, memoir, political and historical fiction. But if you have something brilliant hiding in your desk drawer that doesn’t fit that bracket, don’t let that deter you. Send it to us and see what happens.

In terms of nonfiction, we’re looking for well-written long-form work that explores contemporary social, political and cultural issues with insight and literary flair.

When submitting fiction, please include the following:

  • the first three chapters of your manuscript (or a maximum excerpt of 12,000 words)
  • a short summary of the complete work
  • a brief author CV

When submitting nonfiction, please include the following:

  • one draft chapter
  • a table of contents
  • a 500-word outline of the proposed work
  • a brief author CV

Thanks for your interest.

Note: Please send no more than two proposals. We’d love to read more of your work but we don’t have the staff right now.

We are currently seeking writers for the following work for our blog:

  • Literary firsts, milestones, gamechangers (preferably by Australians)
  • How technology is changing traditional publishing
  • Conscious/environmental printing of books
  • How the internet has changed writing culture
  • The culture of micropresses and small publishing in Australia
  • Publishing news! 

Fiction:

  • Literary short fiction (up to 2000 words)
  • Anything really, just send it in

We are also interested in work that discusses publishing processes and the publishing industry more broadly, for example:

  • Publishing trends, like the rise of crossover fiction or changes in the reception of particular genres
  • Interviews with authors and industry professionals
  • Small press developments and activities

Work for our blog should be approximately 500 words.

Feel free to contact us with a pitch idea or with any other questions at editorial@grattanstreetpress.com

Grattan Street Press