Lyrebird Press publishes monographs, edited collections of essays and critical editions of primary sources relating to any aspect of music and music making in Australasia. Topics considered for publication include film music, Indigenous music, popular music, composer studies, reception studies, genre studies, performance practice, histories of music making and biographies of composers, performers and patrons. Collections of conference papers will be considered if chapters of 5,000–7,000 words are organised according to a theme or issue. Proposals should be for books within the range of 60,000–80,000 words.

Guidelines for submission of book proposals

If you’re thinking about preparing a proposal, consider these 5 Tips for Proposals before you begin. You might also contact the Series Editor, Dr Suzanne Robinson ( This will provide you with some advice about what to include in the proposal document and how much of the proposed manuscript should be attached. Proposals should follow the outline available in the Guidelines for Submission of Book Proposals.

Additional information for authors

With few exceptions, Lyrebird Press uses Chicago style. Information for authors about the press’s house style, the preparation of images and requirements for copyright permissions can be found in the Lyrebird Press author guide.

What publication with Lyrebird offers

  • promotion of your book to academics, students, professionals and interested readers around the world via our website and social media
  • distribution of your book through a range of channels, including our online shop and selected bookshops
  • distribution of review copies to journals appropriate for the topic of your book
  • discussion of your book in our online blog, which goes out to subscribers
  • promotion of your book at relevant conferences
  • submission of your book, where appropriate, for awards such as the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Victorian Community History Awards


For suggestions and guidelines if you are considering turning a thesis into a book see the advice from Melbourne University Press here.

For alternative information about writing proposals see Routledge’s Key Tips for How to Write a Successful Book Proposal. Available here.

For further information about choosing a publisher, peer review and options relating to open access see this presentation by James Campbell, International Marketing Manager at Intellect Books and Journals (USA).