Submission Guidelines for Authors & Illustrators

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Submission Guidelines for Authors & Illustrators

 

Annick Press is currently accepting submissions of picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction for kids of all ages. Our stories feature contemporary themes (even if the setting is historical) and aim to instill kids with the joy of reading.

We are committed to publishing diverse authors and illustrators and believe strongly in publishing content that reflects our readers’ own experiences while broadening their perspectives. We encourage LGBTQ2SIA+ writers, Indigenous writers, writers of color and writers living with disabilities to submit their work.

In addition to reading our guidelines, we encourage all prospective authors to take a look at our current catalog to see if your manuscript might be a fit for us. Please address submissions to the Associate Editor and attach files in.docx or .pdf format.

We can’t wait to read your stories!

Picture Books

The picture books that excite us most combine original ideas with strong storytelling and inherent appeal for kids. We prefer child-centered stories that tap into deeper issues and emotions, conveying poignant messages without being didactic. Generally, we prefer to receive the manuscript alone, without illustrations, though you are welcome to include suggestions. Our picture books tend to be 32 pages and no longer than 1000 words.

Please submit your full manuscript, synopsis and cover letter to annickpress@annickpress.com 

Middle Grade Fiction

Annick’s middle reader novels aim to engage kids with exciting stories that inspire deep thought and reflection. We’re looking for original stories with motivated characters, high stakes, and gripping action, even if it’s delivered in subtle form. Humor, even if used occasionally, is an asset. The typical length of our middle reader novels is 20,000 to 40,000 words.

Please submit your first chapter, synopsis and cover letter to annickpress@annickpress.com

Young Adult Fiction

Annick’s YA fiction features distinctive contemporary voices that wrestle with the big issues that matter to teens. We’re looking for powerful, dramatic, thought-provoking stories across most sub-genres, though the best way to determine if your manuscript might be a fit for us is to check out a few of our recent teen titles. Our YA novels tend to range from 50,000 to 70,000 words.

Please submit your first chapter, synopsis and cover letter to annickpress@annickpress.com

Non-Fiction

Annick’s non-fiction titles aim to hook readers with fascinating subject matter, appealing to their natural sense of wonder. These books give kids a solid foundation of facts while allowing them to draw their own conclusions. We’re looking for manuscripts that combine an original idea with narrative skills, a distinctive voice and dedication to accuracy. Show us your passion for the material and the little-known details that will captivate kids and encourage further exploration. 

Please submit a sample chapter, detailed outline and cover letter to annickpress@annickpress.com

  

 Illustrators

We’re always looking to add new illustrators to our list. We’re keen to see portfolios that demonstrate stylistic range, expressive characters and visual storytelling. Don’t forget to include illustrations of kids! Please send sample images or a link to your portfolio, along with a few words about yourself, to annickpress@annickpress.com

 

Due to the high volume of manuscripts we receive, we regret that we are unable to respond to every submission individually.