Fair play and good sportsmanship go hand-in-hand. Something we believe in so strongly— we've named our publishing house after it. At Fair Play Publishing, we believe in everything our name stands for: exemplary behaviour that represents and promotes the spirit of fair play, and integrity in sport—particularly football.
We're dedicated to publishing books that represent the very best of football, especially Australian football stories, and invite you to enjoy and share your favourite books with friends and family.
Fair Play Publishing was founded in 2016 by Bonita Mersiades, and is a niche publishing house located in the creative hub of the splendid northern beaches area of Sydney.
We also offer titles from our publishing affiliates in the UK and the USA, and focus on just one thing: Really good football books.
Popcorn Press is our imprint dedicated to providing a platform to writers of fiction books and shorter publications that focus on reporting, commentary, criticism and essays about, or related to, football from between 8,000 and 20,000 words. In fact, something that can be read in the same time that it takes to watch a football match! If you think you have something suitable for Popcorn Press, please email us and we'll follow up with you.
We are a new-ish company in a niche area in a developing football market, so we're small—boutique even. However, because we have long-worked in the non-profit and NGO sectors, we believe that supporting good work is something that should be inherent in every business, no matter what its size.
Fair Play Publishing pledges that a minimum of 10% of our profits will be donated annually to our preferred causes. In 2018, these were the Australian Sport Foundation's fundraising campaign for the Pararoos and the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse for cancer care. In 2019, these are the Johnny Warren Football Foundation and the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse for cancer care.
We have also given $1 from every book sale of Jarrod Black - Hospital Pass to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and to the DT38 Foundation for Surfing for England - Our Lost Socceroos.
Fair Play Publishing welcomes manuscript proposals on football-related topics, including: biography, history, memoir and social commentary. We encourage Australian stories and Australian writers, but as our author list reflects, everyone is encouraged to submit as well.
If you would like us to consider your work for publication, please send an email directly to:
With your submission, please include:
Your name and contact details (email and telephone)
A short synopsis of your work (under 500 words)
A proposed chapter outline and one sample chapter
An example of any previously published works. This doesn't have to be a book, but also a blog/article/podcast, etc.
Any additional information about you and your manuscript relevant to your background or subject matter.
Please note the preferred format for your synopsis, chapter outline, and sample chapter is a Word document
(or documents). We will be in touch within six weeks if we wish to discuss your work further.
Not quite a book?
Popcorn Press is our imprint dedicated to giving a platform to top-class writers for the sort of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction and satire that are worthy of a broader platform than provided by mainstream media or via an article.