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About VUP

Victoria University Press is New Zealand's leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, and a scholarly publisher specialising in NZ history, biography and essays. Founded in the 1970s, VUP now has a backlist of over 600 books in print and issues on average 35 new titles every year.


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VUP Fiction

VUP's fiction list features many of New Zealand's foremost writers, including Barbara Anderson, Catherine Chidgey, Damien Wilkins, Elizabeth Knox and Eleanor Catton. VUP  has a special mission to discover new writers, and has recently published first books by Hera Lindsay Bird, Danyl McLauchlan, Dylan Horrocks, Ashleigh Young and Sarah Laing, amongst others.

VUP Poetry

VUP also has New Zealand's strongest and most vibrant poetry list, featuring many emerging poets, alongside prize-winning Jenny Bornholdt, James Brown, Brian Turner, Dinah Hawken, Vincent O'Sullivan and inaugural NZ Poet Laureate Bill Manhire.

VUP History

VUP publishes vital work in NZ History. The History list, particularly social history, is viewed in broad, culturally diverse, and interdisciplinary terms; embracing studies of New Zealand's past and present and how these may shape the future.

Te Reo Maori

Our books on Maori topics include important collections of writings in Maori by major figures such as Hirini Moko Mead and Apirana Ngata; and Dame Joan Metge's widely-read books on contemporary Maori society and cross-cultural communication.

Information for Authors and Submission Guidelines

VUP welcomes inquiries from prospective authors and we are always keen to receive proposals for publication which fall within our areas of interest. The information on this pageshould give a good indication of the kinds of books we publish. Non-fiction proposals in particular should be suitable for a primarily New Zealand audience. A connection with Victoria University of Wellington is an advantage but not a necessity.

A letter of inquiry, with synopsis, CV and sample text, is the best first approach. The following presentation criteria apply: manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, on one side of A4 paper, with all pages numbered; and should include a CV and synopsis. Manuscripts will be returned if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is supplied. Please send an email enquiry before sending attachments.

Victoria University Press
Postal address: PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand
Street address: 49 Rawhiti Tce, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 6580
Fax: +64 4 463 6581
Email: victoria-press@vuw.ac.nz


VUP People

Publisher: Fergus Barrowman

Administrator: Craig Gamble

Editor: Ashleigh Young

Editing and Production: Kyleigh Hodgson

Publicist: Kirsten McDougall

Assistant Editor: Holly Hunter



Frazer Allan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Engagement (Convenor)

Gordon Anderson, Professor, Law, VUW

Janet Holmes, Professor, Linguistics, VUW

Lawrie McColl, Publishing Consultant


Information for Booksellers

Victoria University Press books are sold to booksellers in New Zealand by Archetype/Allen & Unwin and are distributed in New Zealand by Upstart Distribution, orders@upstartpress.co.nz.

Please note: all books sold directly by VUP are "firm" unless otherwise arranged.