We love submissions. But because of the overwhelming enthusiasm of kid lit writers and our commitment to producing quality books, we have decided to limit our submissions to picture books only with open periods restricted to the months of February, June, and September. However, if you are an illustrator, you are always welcome to submit your work. As much as we would love to respond to every submission, doing so can quickly lead to a full-time job. So regrettably, if you do not hear from us within 90 days, you can assume we have decided to pass on the story submitted. During the months we are open for submissions, you'll want to read the following guidelines carefully and completely before submitting. In no case should you submit attachments unless you are an illustrator, in which case we take PDFs only. Author submissions must be pasted into the body of an email.
Word count for fiction should not exceed 800 words. Nonfiction should not exceed 1,000, but the lower the word count the better for both fiction and nonfiction. While we are open to manuscripts by authors, we are most interested in author/illustrators and collaborations. If you are an author who also illustrates, or you have an illustrator that you would like to collaborate with, please attach one or two character development sketches in a PDF.
Please send only your most polished work. Pasted manuscripts should include your contact information at the top of the manuscript along with the word count for the entire manuscript and the target age range.
A one-page cover letter should be pasted at the very top of the email before the manuscript. Please include the following information in the cover letter:
Please send us an email telling us a bit about yourself. Include any links to online portfolios, and attach two of your favorite illustrations in a PDF.
As much as we would like to respond to all submissions, it may not always be possible. If we are able to respond, it will be within 90 days. If you do not hear from us within that time, that means we have chosen to pass on the manuscript. However, there are many reasons for rejections, so feel free to submit other manuscripts during open submission periods only, but no sooner than one month following your previous submission. For illustrators, if you don’t hear from us within 90 days, this means we were unable to find a suitable home for your work during that time. We will keep your material on file and will contact you should something change.
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