If you are an author or an illustrator with a unique view on the world but with a story that everybody can enjoy, we want to hear from you. Please read through our submission guidelines carefully before sending your work to email@example.com.
Kweku Ananse or Anansi the Spider, a trickster from West Africa and the Caribbean
What type of books do we publish?
We are currently focusing on picture books for 4 to 8 year olds. In the future we may consider middle grade or young adult fiction so make sure you check back with us if you have a story for older children in mind.
We love writing that is new, unusual or quirky, contemporary and fun. We particularly like stories with modern-day settings and strong role models.
We are not currently accepting non-fiction submissions.
Who do we want to hear from?
We are committed to opening up a space for diverse voices in children’s publishing so if you are an author or illustrator from a cultural or ethnic background other than that featured in most of the children’s picture books you see on the shelves, please consider sending us your submission. We like working with agents but are happy to receive unsolicited manuscripts because we are keen to develop new talent. We are always on the lookout for work from both new and up-and-coming authors and illustrators who are yet to publish, as well as people who are already established in their respective fields.
What should I submit?
If you are a picture book author, please send us the complete text of your manuscript. Illustrations are not necessary. If we like your story, we will commission an illustrator to work with you. A picture book manuscript should be short – we rarely look at stories over 500 words long. If your story does exceed this word limit please include a justification for its length in your covering letter (see below).
If you are an illustrator, please send us three separate illustrations, aimed at children.
If you are an author/illustrator, please send us three double-page spreads from your completed picture book, as well as the complete text of your story.
What format should my submission be sent in?
Authors and illustrators should submit their work with a covering letter which includes the following: a short biography including any previous publications, details about your expected readership, and why you think we should publish your book. You should also include your contact details in this letter and indicate whether this is a simultaneous or exclusive submission. Covering letters are not expected to be any longer than one side of A4, written in a standard font.
We only accept submissions from authors and illustrators in Word or PDF format sent to us via email. PDF documents should be no larger than 8MB. Please send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please retain a copy of original work for your own reference.
What happens after I have sent my submission?
You can expect to receive an automated email when your work has been received by us. We cannot commit to answering questions about your work at this stage, but we will get in touch with you if we would like to take your manuscript forwards or commission you for an illustration project. If you do not receive any communication from us within twelve weeks from the date of your submission, please assume that your work is not being considered for publication, but thank you for submitting it anyway – we appreciate every submission.
Best of luck!
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