About

Who we are

UNSW Press Limited is a not-for-profit Australian public company. Operating since 1962, it is a controlled entity of the University of New South Wales, based on campuses in Sydney, Australia.

Its mission is to contribute to intellectual and cultural development in a sustainable environment by providing publishing and bookselling services which will promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and scholarship and enhance the global reputation of UNSW.

The main activities of UNSW Press are book publishing; representation and distribution services in Australia and New Zealand; and retail bookselling on the Kensington campus of the university.

At our award-winning university press, there is a strong commitment to publishing Australian research and defining Australian experiences. Whether a book emerges from peer-reviewed university-funded research, lived experience, literary mastery, or all three, our team strives to bring stories to Australian audiences and to readers around the world.

UNSW Press is an accredited member of the Association of University Presses, the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Booksellers Association.

Membership logos
Logos for the Association of University Presses, the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Booksellers Association.

Imprints

NewSouth Publishing is the publishing arm of UNSW Press Limited and produces general, literary and illustrated non-fiction under its NewSouth imprint.

We produce scholarly titles under UNSW Press, the company’s original imprint.

The list includes award-winning books on history, politics, law, biography, art, architecture, science, natural history and environment, as well as writing guides. About 50 new titles are published each year across both imprints. Since its founding, the company has published more than 1500 titles in various formats and it has more than 500 active backlist titles.

We co-publish with prominent publishers, including other university presses, to ensure our books are widely cited and read. We collaborate with cultural organisations, drawing on repositories of art, photography and material objects to make beautiful books. While recognising and embracing the resilience of the printed book, we engage with all current formats, from e-book and audio to translations and subscription platforms.

Distribution

NewSouth Books is the sales, marketing and distribution arm of the company. It represents more than 80 publishing companies from Australia, Asia, the USA, Canada, Europe and the UK.

Attuned to the needs of readers and authors from academic and literary communities, NewSouth Books provides innovative fulfillment solutions with Alliance Distribution Services. The focus of NewSouth Books is efficient and sustainable supply, speed-to-market and quality of service in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

NewSouth Books is a leading supplier of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and academic books to the Australian book trade. Its wide range of lists is available in retail outlets, including major chain stores, independent booksellers and department stores. Titles also sell through online booksellers, educational and library wholesalers, museums and galleries. NewSouth Books also manages e-book distribution for independent Australian publishers and actively promotes digital product through targeted channels.

NewSouth Books is the representative for numerous publishers in Australia .

Bookshop

UNSW Press manages the UNSW Bookshop in the Quadrangle Building on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales in Sydney. It stocks an extensive range of general and academic books, gifts, stationery and UNSW merchandising for the university and neighbouring communities. The Bookshop also provides for the textbook and course needs of students by sourcing and supplying relevant printed and digital learning materials and books.

Following the relaunch of UNSW’s Bookshop, café and event space in 2019, it is a welcoming and vibrant environment for students and staff, a place to hold author events, a place for people to meet and engage with one another in person or online. The team at the Bookshop is actively involved in book sales at conferences, graduations and community events.

Opening hours: The Bookshop is open 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday. It is closed on public holidays.

History

UNSW Press’ mission is to contribute to intellectual and cultural development in a sustainable environment by providing publishing and bookselling services which will promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and scholarship and enhance the global reputation of UNSW.

In 2022 UNSW Press celebrates its 60th anniversary. The presentation for a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary in the Tyree Room of the Scientia building at UNSW Sydney is available as a PDF here.

A bibliographic listing of all titles published since 1962 is featured in the publication UNSW Press A History 1962–2012 and it is available here. Or you can find it at Apple Books.

The bibliography is updated annually. Since 1962, books have appeared under several imprints including UNSW Press, NewSouth, Choice, Redfern Legal Centre Publishing, New South University Press, The Union Store, TAFE Educational Books and others. More than 1500 titles are listed in the bibliography.

Submissions

NewSouth Publishing welcomes new authors and book proposals that fit our diverse publishing program. Authors interested in publishing with us can read more about our guidelines here.

Rights

We sell territorial and translation licenses for our books throughout the world. We have co-published books with publishers in the UK, Europe, Canada and North America and our books have been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

We attend the book fairs in London and Frankfurt each year. If you would like to enquire about the rights for one of our titles or make an appointment at one of the fairs, please email rights@unswpress.com.au. You can also download our rights catalogue here.

Permissions

All material published by NewSouth Publishing is protected under copyright law. Written permission is required and a fee may be payable if you wish to reproduce our material.

The Copyright Agency processes permission requests on our behalf.

If you would like to reproduce our material, please send a short email to Copyright Agency’s Licence Enquiries service (licence.enquiries@copyright.com.au) including the following information:

  • The extract or illustration you wish to reprint
  • Details of the book it appeared in (title, author, publisher, year of publication, page number)
  • Title and publisher of your book or other publication
  • Proposed price
  • Print run and publication date
  • The territories you need permission for (e.g. ANZ, world, e-rights).

UNSW Press Bragg Prizes for Science Writing

UNSW Press hosts an annual prize for the best short non-fiction piece on science written for a general audience.

The UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing is named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel Laureates William Henry Bragg and his son William Lawrence Bragg and is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and UNSW Science. Long-listed and shortlisted entries are included in The Best Australian Science Writing, NewSouth's annual collection featuring the finest Australian science writing of the year.

The UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is a competition for Year 7–10 students in Australia. This prize is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry in their CV.

Publishing partnerships

Do you or your organisation have a story to tell? At NewSouth Publishing we’re perfectly placed to help get your book published. Highly respected for our titles on Australian history, politics, current affairs, biography, art and design and popular science, we’ll bring all of this experience to your project. Read more about our partnerships here.

Board of Directors

UNSW Press’ Board is appointed by the Council of UNSW.

Professor Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) UNSW Sydney and Chairman of UNSW Press Ltd. He trained or worked at the universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard and Sydney before moving to the University of New South Wales. He works on human genetic diseases and is focusing on using CRISPR-mediated gene editing to treat sickle-cell anaemia. He is on the editorial boards of The Conversation and BioEssays.

Professor George Williams AO is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Assurance) UNSW Sydney, and Anthony Mason and Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has written and edited 37 books, including nine books published by UNSW Press.

Lynette Petrie is Director, Management Reporting and Analysis, in the Finance division of UNSW Sydney.

Fiona Inglis is the Managing Director of Curtis Brown Australia Pty Ltd, a leading Australian literary agency that represents authors of both fiction and non-fiction across all genres.

Kathy Bail is the Chief Executive Officer of UNSW Press.

David Bridge is the Company Secretary.

Staff

Find a list of our staff here.