Children's and YA Fiction

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Submitting Your Work:
We’ve made the  process for submitting your work easy.  Please complete the form.   By completing this form we will have all the pertinent information we need to evaluate your submission.  You’ll see that we request all the salient elements typically found in a query letter: the title, premise, and length of the manuscript, your writing background, and your long-term writing plans.  We also request a one page synopsis of the work that details the plot and theme of the story and the first fifty pages or first three chapters of your manuscript.

If we’re intrigued by what we see, we’ll request additional material from you. Based on your initial query letter, synopsis, and sample chapters, our office may request your manuscript in its entirety.

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Our response time: We try to respond to queries as quickly as possible, but if you haven’t heard from us within 4-6 weeks, please feel free to resubmit.

Please note that we are no longer accepting snail mail submissions and these will be discarded unopened.

For Young Adult writers, a great resource to take advantage of is Writing Great Books for Young Adults, written by Regina Brooks. She provides invaluable advice on everything from shaping your novel to crafting the perfect pitch for your book.

 

Guidelines for Children's Fiction
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) recommends the following specifications for the number of pages suitable for each reading level. These non-binding guidelines are provided for your information.

Reading Level of Book Number of Manuscript Pages
Board Book 1/2–1
Picture Book 2–3
Picture Story Book 6–9
Easy-Reader Book 10–20
Young Middle Grade Fiction 40–60
Middle Grade Novels 100–150
Young Novels 175–200
Middle Grade Non-Fiction 60–100
Young Non-Fiction 100–150
Romance Novels 140–160
Poetry/Verse for Young Readers 15–40
Poetry Verse for Older Readers 50–150


Guidelines for Children's Story Picture Books

For story/picture books there are two additional guidelines. First, if a story/picture book is less than thirty-two (32) pages long, please send the entire manuscript along with your query letter. Second, do not include illustrations in your submission. Many publishers prefer to choose their own illustrators. If there is a particular illustrator you would prefer to work with, include his or her c.v. with your query letter.

Please note that at present we are not accepting submissions for children’s picture books.

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