Publisher’s Accepting Unsolicited Manuscript Submissions
This is a list of children’s book publishers that accept unsolicited manuscript submissions, or have at one point or another. Most are publishers I have submitted stories to, mostly through email submissions. I will do my best to keep it updated, but to be perfectly honest, this list is more for my own reference than anything else. I found myself constantly using other (awesome) lists, like this one and this one, and scouring through them looking for publishers fitting certain criteria. I decided it was time to compile a list of publishers that I have personally submitted to, or that I may submit to in the future. Hopefully other people find it useful, as well.
*Please pay close attention to their submission guidelines. Some of these publishers accept email submissions, some do not. Some publish picture books, some focus on middle grade and YA, some accept only stories for kids under the age of 8, etc etc. I’ve tried to make sure all the links take you to their submission guidelines. If you find a link not working, please let me know in the comments.*
*If you are a children’s publisher, including YA, and accept unsolicited submissions, please contact me here if you want to be included on this list. Thanks!*
All About Kids Publishing – Submissions are temporarily closed as of 3/29/16.
Boyds Mills Press – Submissions page returned as of 4/23/15.
Bridge House – Specializes in anthologies.
CoopJackPublishing – Accepting as of 4/23/15
Creston Books – *Added 4/20/16* – Accepting digital submissions. They also offer some good advice on their submissions page. Please read carefully, as always.
Floris Books – Mostly looking for Scottish authors or Scottish themed works — Submissions must be related to Scottland in some way; either in content or Author.
Grimlock Press – Formerly Ghostly Publishing. *Updated 3/29/16* After reviewing their new submissions system, and terms and conditions, I would advise not to submit anything to them, for now. Or at least, submit at your own risk. I have contacted them about some questionable wording in their submission policy and currently waiting for a response. They now use a “community based” review system for their submissions. If you do submit, please be sure you review their policies/terms and conditions CAREFULLY. *4/4/16 Update* Recieved a rather prompt response from them through email.Unfortunately, it didn’t really answer my questions and left me still unsure as to the safety of submitting to them. Again, if you decide to submit, please read their policies carefully and ask them any questions you may have.
Little Tiger Press – They are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. I’m leaving them on the list because at one point they did, and could change their policies again. Worth checking, at least.
Specialized publisher: Mantra Lingua provides multilingual and multicultural resources.
Maverick – Excellent submissions page, including an informative video.
Mighty Media Press – *Updated 4/5/16* Website is currently down as of 4/5/16. Formerly Scarletta Press. Accepts during their reading period. Currently Oct. 1st through April 30th.
Mogzilla – They also have a very detailed, helpful set of guidelines/advice.
They publish beautiful, unique books, often with a classic feel, by writers and artists from all over the world.
Nosy Crow – Possibly my favorite publisher of children’s books.
Pants on Fire Press – Updated submissions page as of Jan. 22 2015.
Phoenix Yard Books – No longer accepting submissions without an agent *2-8-15*
Piccadilly Press – They are currently redesigning their website as of 1/22/15. The link points to their new information page, which includes submission guidelines.
RR Books – Established publisher of leveled reading books. *Update* – As of 12/3/16 I can no longer locate their submission guidelines.*
Scholastic Children’s Books – NOW ONLY ACCEPTING ILLUSTRATIONS
Sweet Cherry Publishing – Publishers of The Morrow Secrets and The Diaries of Robin’s Toys. Interesting publishing model, putting a lot of focus on series and offering the chance at future commissioned work. Worth looking into.
Tamarind – Is now part of Random House and claim they “strongly prefer” submissions from literary agents. Buuut, there is a “submission” option on their contact page.
Tango Books Ltd – Considering the state of their website, I’m not sure how operational Tango Books is at the moment. It has been under development for quite some time now. I would say submit at your own risk, but worth keeping an eye on in the future.
Turner Publishing – Publishes children’s books under the imprint Ramsey & Todd, but appears to use one single submissions process.
I have submitted to, but not received correspondence from some of these publishers. This is not uncommon, as some of them clearly state that a lack of response simply means they are not interested and don’t have time to respond to everyone. That being said, I know very little of those companies, so submit at your own risk.