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A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink , paper , parchment , or other materials, fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is a leaf , and each side of a leaf is a page . A set of text-filled or illustrated pages produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book, or e-book .

Books may also refer to works of literature, or a main division of such a work. In library and information science , a book is called a monograph , to distinguish it from serial periodicals such as magazines , journals or newspapers . The body of all written works including books is literature . In novels and sometimes other types of books (for example, biographies), a book may be divided into several large sections, also called books (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, and so on). An avid reader of books is a bibliophile or colloquially, bookworm .

A shop where books are bought and sold is a bookshop or bookstore. Books can also be borrowed from libraries . Google has estimated that as of 2010, approximately 130,000,000 unique titles had been published. In some wealthier nations, printed books are giving way to the usage of electronic or e-books , though sales of e-books declined in the first half of 2015.

A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side.

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Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue , acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical   – humor, pathos , love, anger   – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals .

Although music has been a part of dramatic presentations since ancient times, modern Western musical theatre emerged during the 19th century, with many structural elements established by the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in Britain and those of Harrigan and Hart in America. These were followed by the numerous Edwardian musical comedies and the musical theatre works of American creators like George M. Cohan . The Princess Theatre musicals and other smart shows like Of Thee I Sing (1931) were artistic steps forward beyond revues and other frothy entertainments of the early 20th century and led to such groundbreaking works as Show Boat (1927) and Oklahoma! (1943). Some of the most famous and iconic musicals through the decades that followed include West Side Story (1957), The Fantasticks (1960), Hair (1967), A Chorus Line (1975), Les Misérables (1985), The Phantom of the Opera (1986), Rent (1996), The Producers (2001) and Wicked (2003).

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Flight dynamics is the study of the performance, stability, and control of vehicles flying through the air or in outer space . It is concerned with how forces acting on the vehicle influence its speed and attitude with respect to time.

In fixed-wing aircraft, the changing orientation of the vehicle with respect to the local air flow is represented by two critical parameters, angle of attack ("alpha") and angle of sideslip ("beta"). These angles describe the vector direction of airspeed, important because it is the principal source of modulations in the aerodynamic forces and moments applied to the aircraft.

Spacecraft flight dynamics involve three forces: propulsive (rocket engine), gravitational, and lift and drag (when traveling through the earths or any other celestial atmosphere). Because aerodynamic forces involved with spacecraft flight are very small, this leaves gravity as the dominant force.

Aircraft and spacecraft share a critical interest in their orientation with respect to the earth horizon and heading, and this is represented by another set of angles, "yaw," "pitch" and "roll" which angles match their colloquial meaning, but also have formal definition as an Euler sequence. These angles are the product of the rotational equations of motion, where orientation responds to torque, just as the velocity of a vehicle responds to forces. For all flight vehicles, these two sets of dynamics, rotational and translational, operate simultaneously and in a coupled fashion to evolve the vehicle's state (orientation and velocity) trajectory.

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Jousting is a martial game or hastilude between two horsemen wielding lances with a blunted tips, often as part of a tournament . The primary aim was to replicate a clash of heavy cavalry , with each opponent endeavoring to strike the opponent while riding towards him at high speed, if possible breaking the lance on the opponent's shield or jousting armour , or unhorsing him. The joust became an iconic characteristic of the knight in Romantic medievalism . Jousting matches were notably depicted in Ivanhoe (a novel).

The term is derived from Old French joster , ultimately from a Late Latin iuxtare "to approach, to meet". The word was loaned into Middle English around 1300, when jousting was a very popular sport among the Anglo-Norman knighthood. The synonym tilt dates ca. 1510.

Jousting is based on the military use of the lance by heavy cavalry. It transformed into a specialised sport during the Late Middle Ages , and remained popular with the nobility both in England and Germany throughout the whole of the 16th century (while in France, it was discontinued after the death of King Henry II in an accident in 1559). In England, jousting was the highlight of the Accession Day tilts of Elizabeth I and James I , and also was part of the festivities at the marriage of Charles I .

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The Big List Of UK Poetry Publishers - Our list of poetry publishers large and small based in the UK

The Big List of UK Poetry Publishers

You may only have heard of one or two of the larger poetry publishers in the UK, but there are actually a great many excellent small presses that producing everything from full-length collections down to short runs of beautiful hand-made chapbooks. You can find a selection of them listed below. If you’re looking to publish a book of poetry, it’s worth invesitaging them all to find the publisher that’s right for you.

If you want to suggest an addition or correction for this list, you can do so using the Big List Update Form .

Against the Grain

[ Against The Grain Website ]

An innovative, small, independent poetry publisher dedicated to publishing challenging, well-crafted poetry. They aim to produce beautiful works of art, with high production values and edgy appeal. They want their poets to be seen and heard, and they print starkly designed high-quality pamphlets and run launch events and signings to facilitate this.

Arachne Press

[ Arachne Press Website ]

This small press publishes a range of forms. Writers are encouraged to send along a short piece of work for inclusion in one of their anthologies, after which they may be invited to submit a full manuscript.

Arc Publications

[ Arc Publications Website ]

Publishes contemporary poetry from the UK and abroad, including translations. This publisher also has a music imprint. Based in Lancashire.

Artel Press

[ Artel Press Website ]

The Artel Press are a small, independent publisher and book designer founded in 2013 and based in Liverpool, UK. They specialise in short-run art, poetry and biographical titles.

Bad Betty Press

[ Bad Betty Press Website ]

An independent publishing house, based in London. They print poetry by emerging authors, and love writing that is “beautiful and bad (in the Foxy Brown sense)”. In their first year they published a series of pamphlets and an anthology on the subject of mental health.

Bloodaxe Books

[ Bloodaxe Books Website ]

Founded by Neil Astley in 1978, this is one of the UK’s most well-known poetry publishers. They have an extensive list of British and American poets, and titles published by Bloodaxe Books can be found in many bookstores.

Broken Sleep Books

[ Broken Sleep Books Website ]

Broken Sleep Books is a small, innovative press, which publishes a range of pamphlets and collections, from a range of writers. They particularly wish to encourage working-class writers, LGBTQ+, and BAME writers to submit. Politically they are left-leaning, and have no interest in misogynists, racist, sexists, or the alt-right.

Burning Eye Books

[ Burning Eye Books Website ]

Burning Eye Books is small independent publisher in the South West predominately specialising in promoting spoken word artists. They aim to dispel the assumption that performance poetry does not transfer well to page, as well as give emerging and established artist opportunities to be published. They look for the bold, the fearless and the strange, and pride themselves on providing a conscious portfolio of brilliant poets and writers.

Calder Valley Poetry

[ Calder Valley Poetry Website ]

Calder Valley Poetry is a small press which commenced publication in January 2016 with John Foggin’s collection Outlaws and Fallen Angels . It is intended to produce pamphlets by the many fine poets living alongside what was once referred to as Yorkshire’s “river of industry”.

Carcanet Press

[ Carcanet Press Website ]

A larger publisher which is home to several different poetry imprints. Publishes a diverse list of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation.

Egg Box Publishing

[ Egg Box Publishing Website ]

A small poetry publisher based in Norfolk. Produces the annual anthology of work by students on the University of East Anglia Creative Writing MA, along with a number of other titles.

[ Emma Press Website ]

The Emma Press is an award-winning independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. It was founded by Emma Dai’an Wright in Winnersh, Berkshire, in 2012 and is now based in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, UK.

Enitharmon Press

[ Enitharmon Press Website ]

An independent literary press that specialises in publishing poetry from both emerging and established writers. They also publish literary criticism, memoir and translations.

Erbacce Press

[ Erbacce Press Website ]

Liverpool-based Erbacce Press have been publishing poetry chapbooks for nearly 20 years. They are dedicated to ensuring that a writer is paid for their work and not charged for it to be read. They also hold a free annual poetry competition between January 1st and May Day.

Eye Flash Poetry

[ Eye Flash Poetry Website ]

Alongside Eye Flash literary magazine, this small press publishes “pocket poetry pamphlets”. These are collections of twelve poems that explore a specific theme, and which are sold online and through various independent bookshops.

[ Face Press Website ]

A poetry press based in the UK. They have published the works of leading British poets like Tom Raworth, Denise Riley, and JH Prynne, as well as the works of new poets like Imogen Cassels and Stuart Hall.

Fly on the Wall Poetry

[ Fly on the Wall Poetry Website ]

The ‘publisher with a conscience’, Fly on the Wall Press is run by Isabelle Kenyon and publishes an average of 12 books per year, with magazines and charity anthologies as ongoing social-engaged projects.

Happenstance Press

[ Happenstance Press Website ]

This publishes specialises in poetry pamphlets and first collections of UK poets. Run by Helena Nelson, the press is Scotland-based and will usually publish a couple of Scottish or Scotland-based writers each year. Also provides helpful general resources on chapbook publishing.

Hedgespoken Press

[ Hedgespoken Press Website ]

Based in Devon, this small poetry press is interested in publishing artbooks and chapbooks of prose, poetry and artwork at the intersection of myth, story, magic, and connection with the natural world & imaginal world.

Hercules Editions

[ Hercules Editions Website ]

An independent press combining poetry and prose with art and archival material, to create beautiful small books and prints. They’re based near the site of artist-poet William Blake’s last home and printing works in Hercules Road, Lambeth, which inspired their name.

Indigo Dreams

[ Indigo Dreams Website ]

Indigo Dreams is based in Devon in the beautiful southwest of England, surrounded by Cookworthy Forest and about half an hour from the North Cornwall coast and Dartmoor. They publish around 50 poetry books a year, pamphlets and full collections, as well as three poetry magazines: Reach Poetry , The Dawntreader and Sarasvati .

[ IRON Press Website ]

As publishers become more corporate, global and boring, IRON Press champions new quality writing as it has done since 1973. IRON runs events and launches; it also thinks literature is both serious and fun.

Lapwing Poetry

[ Lapwing Poetry Website ]

A small poetry press based in Belfast. Has been publishing both local and international poets for twenty years.

[ Neon Books Website ]

A small chapbook press which publishes one or two new titles each year, along with a range of pamphlets, broadsides and other ephemera. They also maintain this list!

Onslaught Press

[ Onslaught Press Website ]

The Onslaught Press is a small, independent publishing house based in east Oxford. They put out about ten books a year. After initially intending to focus on academic monographs and picture books they have come to specialise in poetry and haiku.

Papillote Press

[ Papillote Press Website ]

Papillote Press is a publishing house specialising in books about Dominica and the wider Caribbean. They publish a range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, and hope that these books reflect the culture and literary heritage of these islands and make them known to a wider audience.

Peepal Tree Press

[ Peepal Tree Press Website ]

Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishing around 20 books a year. They have published over 300 titles, and are committed to keeping most of them in print. Their list features new writers and established voices.

Penteract Press

[ Penteract Press Website ]

Penteract Press is a publisher of experimental poetry books and chapbooks. Their focus is on exploring the structural properties of poetry. To this end, they aim to promote innovative constrained and visual poetry, as well as works that explore new uses of traditional verse forms.

Platypus Press

[ Platypus Press Website ]

A boutique publisher based in England, which seeks to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose, as well as other – more elaborate – literary works.

Red Squirrel Press

[ Red Squirrel Press Website ]

Red Squirrel Press is a self-funded independent press based in Scotland. It was founded in April 2006 by Sheila Wakefield and has published over 190 titles to date. It publishes poetry pamphlets and full collections. Red Squirrel Press showcases young poets such as Claire Askew and Andrew McMillan as well as more established names like James Kirkup, William Bedford, Pippa Little and James McGonigal

[ Salt Website ]

This well-established publisher produces over 80 books each year, with a focus on poetry and criticism. Publishes both international and English authors.

[ Seren Website ]

Although mainly a fiction and non-fiction publisher, this press produces several poetry books each year. Its focus is on English writing from or about Wales.

[ Shearsman Website ]

An active published or English and American poets. Originally founded as a magazine, Shearsman developed into a poetry press, and now produce around 50 books each year.

Sidekick Books

[ Sidekick Books Website ]

This tiny independent publisher puts together themed, collaborative anthologies, which are an ever-evolving platform for a plethora of styles and approaches. Submission calls are open to anyone and everyone across the world, and they particularly welcome submissions from BAME, LGBTQIA+ and disabled writers.


[ Smith/Doorstop Website ]

This imprint is owned by The Poetry Business. It publishes books, pamphlets, audio and ebooks. The Poetry Business also runs a number of workshops and edits the literary magazine The North .

Stairwell Books

[ Stairwell Books Website ]

Stairwell Books specialises in good writing from new writers. Though they focus on poets and writers in and around Yorkshire, they will not turn down a brilliant manuscript that deserves to be published. They have an extensive poetry and prose list as well as novels, memoirs, and biographies. Stairwell Books also publishes a literary magazine.

Templar Poetry

[ Templar Poetry Website ]

Produce a number of pamphlets every year, as well as being responsible for the publication of Iota poetry magazine.

The Black Light Engine Room

[ The Black Light Engine Room Website ]

This Middlesbrough-based press and live event series has been running since 2010. As well as publishing a literary magazine, they produce chapbooks that are high-quality both in content and appearance. Many chapbooks feature more than one poet.

The Tall-Lighthouse

[ The Tall-Lighthouse Website ]

An independent poetry business publishing full collections, pamphlets, chapbooks and anthologies of poetry. Known for publishing exciting new poets.

Valley Press

[ Valley Press Website ]

Established in 2008, Valley Press is a thriving independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. Representing local authors from York and Leeds, and not-so-local writers from London, Brighton, the US, Bermuda and China, they are bringing the world to Yorkshire and Yorkshire to the world.

Verve Poetry

[ Verve Poetry Website ]

A new Birmingham-based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways. Aims to be not just a publisher of poetry but also an agent for poetic development in the area. Organises workshops, masterclasses, and performance and writing opportunities for younger writers.

Waterloo Press

[ Waterloo Press Website ]

Waterloo Press is a not-for-profit organisation run by an editorial and design collective. It has a long history, and has published more than 100 titles during its lifespan.

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25 thoughts on “ The Big List of UK Poetry Publishers ”

Is there a list of publishers in the UK that publish short story/flash fiction collections?

I don’t know of a list the concentrates on short form collections particularly. I’ll look into compiling one, as there are plenty of short story and flash fiction publishers out there!

I came upon your site quite by chance today and like what I see. I have been writing my entire life and have been fortunate enough to have lots of work published, including six poetry collections and three books for children. I’d like to get back into my poetry again as I have had a lot going on over the last few years and have neglected it somewhat. I shall certainly look into the publishers you mention and have no doubt I will be back with you again soon. thank you for kick-starting me again. And stay safe during coronavirus. Kind regards Jilly Henderson-Long

Glad the list helped kickstart you back into poetry again. Stay safe, too, and all the best with your work!

Hi…my name is Katlego and I’m a poet in the making. I’ve been really interested in publishing my poetry into a book and I have so many bright and colourful ideas…I would love to call my book ‘Only a few are selected’ which is a really title that plays out my perspective of the world. Thank you for your time.

Very nice list! This is poet Chao from China. When I get my Coming collection published by one of them, I’ll come back and send you a copy as a gift.

Glad you found it useful. Good luck with the collection!

This is a great list of publishers but do you know of any online directories for indie authors or self-publishers? Do you think this would be a good idea or a waste of time? Thanks?

Booklife by Publishers Weekly might be what you’re looking for. Hope that helps!

Try and find Antony Wootten if you need guidance but i can also help you w self=pub tips. Who knows Antony or Stairwell might publish your book in a traditional manner. We are choosy thoough

Thank you for your compilation. I was just looking for a poetry publisher that would be interested in publishing a collection of poems from students of a lovely school, and then I stumbled on your site. Please do you have any ideas?

One of the publishers listed above might be able to help – or you could try Book Printing UK for a DIY option. They’re easy to work with, and are able to help with design and printing.

Contact the publisher(s) that appeal to you, directly, by following links above or googling them. Good luck!

I want to publish my chap book and I need a publisher who is willing to work with me. I am currently in the uk and would love to return home with some prints by December. Please, kindly get at me. Blessings!

Does anyone know of any UK based Christian or faith based small press publishers? Thankyou.

I would be interested in this too – doesn’t have to be purely Christian. Any spirituality poetry publishers.

I would like to publish my 1000 passionate poems in one book, The book is edited, formatted ready with the cover. Can you advise and publisher, please…? Thanks and healthy wishes

Covid and waterfalls of submissions mean that many of the houses listed above are either full or are not taking submissions. Might it be possible to include a general note here warning readers and aspiring authors? I’ve picked seven publishers at random and all are offering a virtually closed door to submissions.

Please add Wheelsong Books – an independent publisher of poetry

Yes we’re happy to do that; can we have: the number of titles typically published in one year; the format of those publications; your submissions windows, and a small blurb describing the nature of your press?

If you are a little unsure as to what this means, have a little look at – or send us a quick question.

All the best,

I have several poems that I have written over the years. I am looking for someone who may publish my poetry.

Hi, I think you’ve missed quite a few like Sad Press, Guillemot Press, Hesterglock and Osmosis.

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We are committed to finding and developing new talent, whether you are a writer or an illustrator.

What sort of books are we looking for?

At Wacky Bee we’re concentrating on books for 3–12 year olds with our list falling into three sections – picture books for 3–6 year olds, early readers for 4–7 year olds and middle grade fiction for 8–12 year olds.

We will look at all types of subject matter but we’re particularly keen to bridge the gap between picture books and longer general fiction. We also want to make our readers laugh so we are looking for a strong element of humour, even if the story has sad bits as well.

What don’t we publish?

We are not looking for young adult fiction, poetry or non-fiction.

And no rhyming texts please.

How to submit

Because Wacky Bee is the publishing arm of The Writers’ Advice Centre our submissions process is slightly different from that of other publishers.

We are a small, fledgling company and, as such, can only publish a limited number of titles every year. In order to be considered for Wacky Bee we prefer that authors first use one of The Writers’ Advice Centre’s manuscript appraisal services . That way, we have the time and resources to steer potential authors in the right direction, increasing their chances of acceptance on submission.

We are looking for authors who are serious enough about their writing that they would probably want to use The Writers’ Advice Centre’s services anyway, regardless of the Centre’s connection with Wacky Bee. However, if you feel that The Writers’ Advice Centre isn’t for you, then Wacky Bee is also open to unsolicited submissions.

Please submit your manuscript – as a Word attachment – to [email protected]

Note that we cannot respond to postal submissions.


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21 Top UK Children’s Book Publishers Accepting Submissions

By Tony Franklin

children's book publishers accepting submissions

If you’re an author in the UK and have penned a book for children that you want to publish, you’re going to need a publisher, unless you’ve decided to self-publish.

Below we’ve listed 21 top UK children’s book publishers accepting submissions.

1. Andersen Press

Are you looking for a publisher with precedence? Andersen Press, located in London, was founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge, named in tribute to Hans Christian Andersen. Their first book was Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Tony Ross. Their list now consists of over 2000 published titles.

They are known for some of the best loved authors of children’s books. These include David McKee, the creator of “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant”; Tony Ross, of the “Little Princess”; and Ruth Brown, whose books include classics such as “A Dark Dark Tale” and “The Big Sneeze”. Colin McNaughton, author of the “Preston Pig” series is among Andersen’s bestselling titles worldwide. Many of their books fit into the requirements of the Literacy Hour, with retellings of traditional tales, books with rhyming or repetitive texts.

Their Submission Guidelines can be found here

2. Ransom Publishing

Sometimes stories are tools for learning. Ransom, founded in 1997, is a publisher with a heart for literacy for all ages. Located in West Meon, Ransom publishes children’s books in fiction and non-fiction for struggling and/or reluctant readers and structured reading programmes (e.g. Book-banded or phonics), for ages four and up.

They are the publisher for series such as “Microwave Shakespeare” and “Reading Stars”.

Submission Guidelines are found here .

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3. Buster Books

In July 1985 Michael O’Mara Books published its first book. They were a simple Mom and Pop business. Now, after over thirty years of publications, it is still a family firm, producing one hundred and fifty new books a year.

Buster Books is an imprint of Michael O’Mara Books, located in London. They publish books for curious and creative children. Their categories include activity and puzzles, art and craft, coloring, reference, early years, fiction, and sticker books. They are the home publisher of the “Cosmic Colin” series by Tim Collins. Currently, they only accept non-fiction manuscripts.

Their Submission Guidelines can be found here .

4. Candy Jar Books

Calling all Dr. Who fans! Candy Jar Books, located in Cardiff, is an award-winning independent book publisher. Established in 2010 by Shaun Russell and Justin Chaloner, they publish a wide variety of quality books, from non-fiction, general fiction and children’s, through to a range of cult TV books. Candy Jar is looking for new authors who are offering a fresh perspective on classic genres.

They are home to author’s such as Alison Thomas of “Amulet”, Benjamin Burford-Jones of “Beware of the Mirror Man”, and Mark Brake, author of “Space, Time Machine, Monster”.

Submission Guidelines can be found here .

5. Walker Books UK

Do you want a publisher with market presence? Walker Books is an independent British publisher of children’s books, founded in 1978 by Sebastian Walker, Amelia Edwards, and Wendy Boase. The company published 18 books in 1980 and now publishes 300 books per year.

Located in London, the Walker Books Group is home to books for readers of all ages. Award-winning authors and illustrators for the group include National Ambassador for Children’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo, M.T Anderson, Patrick Ness, and Jon Klassen, and major brands for the group are the widely acclaimed “Judy Moody” and the bestselling “Where’s Wally/Where’s Waldo”.

They only accept illustrated books or illustrated stories from authors. Submission Guidelines can be found here .

6. Dinosaur Books

Are you writing experimental concepts in children’s literature? Dinosaur Books was established in London, 2014, by Sonya McGilchrist. They seek to create thoughtful, imaginative books for children. Dinosaur Books is looking for uncommon story settings such as their book, “The Dinoteks”, about living machine dinosaurs. Dinosaur Books is presently only accepting fiction for children between the ages of 5-12.

7. Fledging Press

Fledgling Press, founded in Edinburgh in 2000, was created with the aim of publishing and promoting new authors, making their material available quickly and cost-effectively via print and digital means. Over the next decade, Fledgling Press published titles in various genres including fiction, biography, poetry, historical and crime fiction. Some examples of their children’s books are “The Peerie Monster” series and “The Calling”.

They are interested in fiction, life stories with an unique twist, and young adult fiction. Their submissions are closed till the 1 st of July 2019 . You can visit their website for further details or updates.

8. Floris Books

Look no further for the biggest name in Scottish children’s books. Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were founded in 1976 and in November 2016 Floris Books won the Saltire Society’s Scottish Publisher of the Year award. They are also the largest children’s book publisher in Scotland.

Please do note Floris Books has very specific submission guidelines. It doesn’t accept unsolicited submissions for children’s books unless they are written by members of diverse communities whose views are underrepresented in the world of children’s book publishing, or are intended for the Steiner-Waldorf community. Otherwise, its Scottish children’s list is closed and they do not accept submissions for generic non-Scottish children’s books either. Please ensure you read this publisher’s guidelines carefully before considering making a submission.

9. Flying Eye Books

Flying Eye Books (London) is the children’s imprint of award-winning visual publishing house Nobrow. Founded in 2013, they excel in illustrated content with a focus on the craft of children’s storytelling and non-fiction.

Since then, an array of stunning and innovative titles have populated the list, including the award-winning “Hildafolk” series by Luke Pearson, the highly acclaimed “Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space” from Ben Newman and Dr. Dominic Walliman.

Thise quirky publisher is accepting proposals in genres such as graphic novels, comics, and illustrated non-fiction for children, picture books, and novels. It is particularly eager to work with authors and writers from diverse backgrounds and minorities.

Flying Eye Submission Guidelines can be found here .

10. The Quarto Group

Looking for a publisher with an eye for innovation? The Quarto Group began in London in the 1970s. They innovated to create beautiful books, creative projects and useful information for curious and passionate minds of all ages. In 1990, Quarto started its first ever children’s imprint, Quarto Children’s Books, which specialized in books with kits or other special features.

Examples of Quarto Children’s Books are the “Little People, Big Dreams Series”, by Isabel Sanchez Vergara and “Grandad’s Secret Giant” by David Litchfield.

Submission Guidelines for The Quarto Group can be found here .

11. Sweet Cherry Publishing

The independent children’s publisher is located in Leicester. They specialise in fiction books for children of all ages. Picture books, board books, fiction, fantasy, and action are categories and genres they master in. They have an exhaustive process to review and select manuscripts. Writers and authors will need to be very specific about their idea, concept, marketability, and if there is a potential for a series. Pitch your concept or story after knowing the answers to all their questions.

Submission Guidelines and details are available on this page.

12. Maverick Books

Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd was launched in West Sussex in 2009 by Steve Bicknell and now has over 130 titles across the formats of board books, picture books, early readers, graphic reluctant readers, junior fiction and activity books.

Their author Clare Helen Welsh was awarded Silver Medal in the Greenhouse Funny Prize for her picture book, “Aerodynamics of Biscuits”.

Currently, you can only send proposals or manuscripts for junior fiction. If your story or idea is targeted at children aged 7-10 years, this press is the perfect choice for you. They are also constantly on the lookout for illustrators so mail them your portfolio for any future collaborations. The current submission Guidelines can be found here.

13. Mogzilla

Do you love history and want to share that love through children’s books? Mogzilla is an independent publishing company whose mission is to connect children with history through storytelling through brilliant books and graphic novels.

Mogzilla was started in 2004 in London, they concentrate on a select list of titles, building them slowly over time. Mogzilla’s first series was “Robin Price’s Spartapuss Tales” —set in ancient Rome in a world ruled by cats.

Writers and authors of historical fiction for children should consider sending their manuscript to Mogzilla. The book and story should be aimed at kids aged 6 plus. Find their instructions and guidelines listed on this page.

14. Imagine That Publishing

An independent publisher for 20 years, Imagine That is situated in Suffolk. Earlier named as Top That, it was renamed Imagine That to signify its endeavours in children’s publishing and illustrating. They have 3 imprints and each imprint has a specific focus and genre they specialise in. Craft kits, activity books, board books, and picture books are some other elements they have been consistently creating and producing.

They are seeking submissions and illustrations from authors, writers, and creators. The publisher isn’t looking for children’s or adult fiction at present.

15. Wacky Bee Books

This unique and quirky publisher is looking to shake the world of children’s publishing. Based in London, the small yet dedicated press is printing fun, informative, and interesting material for children of all ages. Starting with picture books, early readers, and middle grade books, they want to create something for everyone. Children from the ages of 3-12 can enjoy and learn using Wacky Bee Books.

They would like each story or picture book to have some elements of humor. You can read their submission policy on this page.

16. Birlinn Limited

Birlinn Limited is an independent Scottish book publisher based in Edinburgh, and through its imprint BC Books, publishes books for young readers encouraging them to develop a lifelong interest in literature. Examples of books published by this Saltire Society Publisher of the Year, through BC Books, are “Walking Mountain” by Joan Lennon and “Bear’s Adventure” by Benedict Blathwayt.

Birlinn Limited’s Submission Guidelines can be found here .

17. Piccadilly Press

Looking for a small publisher to give you quality publishing? Piccadilly Press Limited, the London-based children’s publisher was founded by Brenda Gardner in 1983.

They have a strong position in the teenage fiction market, and are also noted for a successful picture book list as well. They publish books such as “Flying Fergus” by Chris Hoy and “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

If you’re interested in working with them, send your full manuscript along with a synopsis. You can email it to them in a Word or PDF file.

18. Booklife

With an experience of over 50 years, BookLife has printed and promoted the best of children’s literature. They have managed to create some strong and impactful educational materials for children and kids. BookLife has assisted teachers and educators to teach, inform, and guide children about various topics. They are accepting submissions for fiction and non-fiction for 3-9 year olds. Send a manuscript via email to them.

19. Everything with Words

This boutique, independent publisher is founded by writer, narrator, and publisher Mikka Haugaard. They have a unique approach to selecting books and choose the edgy, darker and humorous novels over anything else. Being Danish, Mikka  has used his culture and heritage to focus on powerful, cool fairy tales and fantasy stories. Unlike other traditional publishers who want to do only positive, uplifting stories, this press loves to write and share about the ups and downs of life. They publish books about children from the age of 7 onwards. You can read the submission guidelines mentioned on this page.

20. Strident Publishing

The innovative, enthusiastic publisher has been publishing children’s and young adult books for years. They have a knack for spotting fresh, engaging talent and working with them creatively. Fiction, non-fiction, cartoon, and poetry for children aged from 5-12 years are genres they publish. They are also seeking manuscripts and ideas from new authors and writers.

Read the submission guidelines outlined here before you send them a manuscript. You don’t need to send the manuscript initially.

21. Matthew James Publishing Ltd

Matthew James Publishing Ltd, located in Stockport, is a small independent UK based publisher which has been around for over 20 years. They have a motto known as ‘Publishing with Ideals’ which guides their practices, the authors they work with and the titles they publish.

Tiny Tree is its imprint for children’s literature and picture books. They want to produce more titles like “More than a Me”, “The Field Feud”, and “The Mechanics of Mechanicsville”.

Are you a UK children’s book publisher accepting submissions? Please tell us about your organization in the comments box below!

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List of largest book publishers of the United Kingdom

This is a list of largest UK trade book publishers , with some of their principal imprints , ranked by sales value.

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According to Nielsen BookScan as of 2010 the largest book publishers of the United Kingdom were: [1]

  • Penguin: Penguin , Hamish Hamilton , Allen Lane, Michael Joseph , Viking , Rough Guides , Dorling Kindersley , Puffin , Ladybird , Warne
  • Random House: Random House , Century, Hutchinson , William Heinemann , Arrow; Chatto & Windus , Jonathan Cape , Harvill Secker , Vintage , Pimlico, Bodley Head ; Transworld , Doubleday , Bantam Press , Black Swan, Bantam, Corgi; Ebury Press , BBC Books ; Virgin Books , Black Lace , Nexus , Cheek; Andersen Press
  • Headline; Hodder & Stoughton , Sceptre, Quercus ; Little, Brown , Abacus, Sphere, Piatkus, Orbit , Virago ; Orion , Weidenfeld & Nicolson , Gollancz , Phoenix, Everyman; John Murray ; Octopus , Cassell , Hamlyn , Mitchell Beazley , Philips ; Orion Children's Books , Hodder Children’s Books , Orchard Books , Franklin Watts , Wayland, Hodder Education, Chambers Harrap
  • HarperCollins , 4th Estate, Avon, Voyager, Collins, HarperPress, Blue Door, Harper North
  • Pan Books , Picador , Macmillan New Writing , Macmillan, Boxtree , Sidgwick and Jackson , Tor (UK), Kingfisher
  • Pearson Education £40.7m (2.3%)
  • Oxford University Press £37.6m (2.1%)
  • Bloomsbury , A&C Black
  • Simon & Schuster £27.2m (1.6%)
  • John Wiley & Sons (UK) £26.7m (1.5%)
  • Faber & Faber , Atlantic Books , Canongate , Granta Books , Icon Books , Portobello Books , Profile Books (including Serpent's Tail ), Short Books. A number of financially independent smaller publishers that have formed an alliance to share promotion and administration, led by Faber. [2]
  • Miriam Farid Publications

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Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world. The company has several independently managed subsidiaries around the world. It is part of Penguin Random House, which is owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann.

HarperCollins Publishers LLC is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies, alongside Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan. The company is headquartered in New York City and is a subsidiary of News Corp. The name is a combination of several publishing firm names: Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired in 1987—whose own name was the result of an earlier merger of Harper & Brothers and Row, Peterson & Company—together with Scottish publishing company William Collins, Sons, acquired in 1989.

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize or Guardian Award was a literary award that annual recognised one fiction book written for children or young adults and published in the United Kingdom. It was conferred upon the author of the book by The Guardian newspaper, which established it in 1965 and inaugurated it in 1967. It was a lifetime award in that previous winners were not eligible. At least from 2000 the prize was £1,500. The prize was apparently discontinued after 2016, though no formal announcement appears to have been made.

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group is a privately held German company based in Stuttgart which owns publishing companies worldwide. Through Macmillan Publishers, it is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies.

Penguin Group is a British trade book publisher and part of Penguin Random House, which is owned by the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. The new company was created by a merger that was finalised on 1 July 2013, with Bertelsmann initially owning 53% of the joint venture, and Pearson PLC initially owning the remaining 47%. Since 18 December 2019, Penguin Random House has been wholly owned by Bertelsmann.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hachette (publisher)</span> French publisher

Hachette is a French publisher. Founded in 1826 by Louis Hachette as Brédif , the company later became L. Hachette et Compagnie , Librairie Hachette , Hachette SA and Hachette Livre in France. After acquiring an Australian publisher, Hachette Australia was created; in the UK it became Hachette UK , and its expansion into the United States became Hachette Book Group USA.

The British Book Awards or Nibbies are literary awards for the best UK writers and their works, administered by The Bookseller . The awards have had several previous names, owners and sponsors since being launched in 1990, including the National Book Awards from 2010 to 2014.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers ( JKP ) is an independent, multinational publishing house headquartered in London, and founded in 1987 by Jessica Kingsley.

Hachette Book Group ( HBG ) is a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France, and the third largest trade and educational publisher in the world. Hachette Livre is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère Group. HBG was formed when Hachette Livre purchased the Time Warner Book Group from Time Warner on March 31, 2006. Its headquarters are located at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Hachette is considered one of the big-five publishing companies, along with Holtzbrinck/Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. In one year, HBG publishes approximately 1400+ adult books, 300 books for young readers, and 450 audio book titles. In 2017, the company had 167 books on the New York Times bestseller list , 34 of which reached No. 1.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pan Books</span> Publishing imprint, part of Macmillan Publishers

Pan Books is a publishing imprint that first became active in the 1940s and is now part of the British-based Macmillan Publishers, owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group of Germany.

The Branford Boase Award is a British literary award presented annually to an outstanding children's or young-adult novel by a first-time writer; "the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist." The award is shared by both the author and their editor, which The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature noted is unusual for literary awards.

The Blue Peter Book Awards were a set of literary awards for children's books conferred by the BBC television programme Blue Peter . They were inaugurated in 2000 for books published in 1999 and 2000. The awards were managed by reading charity, BookTrust, from 2006 until the final award in 2022. From 2013 until the final award, there were two award categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts.

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize is the United Kingdom's first literary award for comic literature. Established in 2000 and named in honour of P. G. Wodehouse, past winners include Paul Torday in 2007 with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Marina Lewycka with A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian 2005 and Jasper Fforde for The Well of Lost Plots in 2004. Gary Shteyngart was the first American winner in 2011.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Atlantic Books</span> British publishing house

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The Sports Book Awards is a British literary award for sports writing. It was first awarded in 2003 as part of the National Sporting Club. Awards are presented in multiple categories. Each category is judged by one of: sports writers and broadcasters, retailers and enthusiasts. The winners from each category are then opened to public vote through a website to choose an overall winner. The other major sports writing award in Britain is the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

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  • Andrew Franklin, Declaration of independents , The Guardian , 8 July 2006
  • Edward Russell-Walling, Where 'Every Book Counts' , Publishers Weekly , 17 March 2008
  • Tom Tivnan, United they stand , The Bookseller , 1 July 2010
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  • ↑ Tom Tivnan, , The Bookseller , 24 January 2011
  • ↑ Weathering the Storm Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine , The Bookseller , 22 January 2009.
  • ↑ Alison Flood, Liz Bury, Joel Rickett and Philip Stone, Hachette steals the show Archived 2008-09-19 at the Wayback Machine , The Bookseller , 24 January 2008
  • ↑ Edward Russell-Walling, The Sunny Side of the High Street , Publishers Weekly , 24 March 2008
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2017 – the year you get published.

Happy New Year readers – I hope you enjoyed your festivities and are raring to go with your new year’s writing resolutions.  And I am here to help!

I will shortly be working through and updating both my list of publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts and my list of UK children’s agents , making sure that you get the correct information you need to submit.  I’ll be deleting any markets that no longer look at unagented work or, in the case of new markets, haven’t developed as promised – but don’t worry, there’ll be a few new opportunities going in too.

I will also be continuing to offer my new critique service , giving you the chance to get an extra pair of eyes on your manuscript before sending it off into the big wide world.  Alternatively if you have something that keeps being rejected and are wondering why, perhaps I can help?  I have adjusted the prices slightly as the feedback I am giving is a lot longer than originally planned, but I hope you’ll agree it’s still excellent value for money and I have had some lovely comments from my first customers.

Finally as usual I will be looking out for new writing opportunities and reporting back from any useful writing events I attend.  So let’s make 2017 the year you get published!

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New indie markets.

A couple of interesting indie publishers featured in Writing Magazine this month.

First is Fledgling Press ,  a Scottish company that focuses on debut authors writing a variety of fiction including YA.  If you’re Scottish too that will help!  You should send three chapters and a short synopsis by email and they aim to reply within 6 weeks.  If accepted your book will be placed on a longlist for possible publication.  Note they do not want sci fi.  Full submission details at .

The other indie that caught my eye this month is Ghostly Publishing which has been founded by a paranormal investigator, no less!  The premise gets even more intriguing as the submission process involves peer review on the site, so you need to register then upload your submission – first three chapters and synopsis – rather than emailing or posting it.  There is also a free ‘manuscript checker’ which apparently can instantly score your book to test if it is ready for publication – the closer you get to zero, the better!  Take a look at these details on the site to familiarise yourself with the process.  As you might expect, Ghostly wants fantasy and sci-fi for child to teen readership.

And finally, if you do buy Writing Magazine this month you’ll find my article on how to interpret your blog stats nestling happily on page 28 under the pun-derful title Stat’s Amazing!

Happy submitting everyone!

Children’s publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts


You can’t get published without an agent, and you can’t get an agent without being published – or so the adage goes. Thankfully, there are still a few children’s book publishers who are happy to wade through the ‘slush pile’, that teetering tower of manuscripts we imagine fill up a corner of the office, each one representing an agent-less writer who is hoping against hope that they might be plucked from obscurity. So in the spirit of writerly comradeship here is my current list of writer-friendly children’s fiction publishers in the UK who still accept unsolicited manuscripts.  Check their website guidelines and submit away, but please do correct me if I’ve made any errors or incorrect assumptions. NB   Where there is a link, I have endeavoured to take you, the linkee, to the submissions guidelines page of the publisher’s website; where that is not possible I have linked to the main website page.

Bridge House Bridge House is a small press which specialises in themed anthologies of short stories, often for charity.  They are occasionally closed to submissions but check the website for future anthology details.  May be unsuitable for ‘darker’ material.

C.A.A.B. Publishing   This small indie is open for submissions of children’s books under 25,000, but not picture books, so think chapter book or lower middle grade.  Submit via the form, confirming you have read the guidelines, and expect to hear back in about 3 months.  Note: UK authors only at the moment, and you should be prepared to be actively involved in promoting your book.

Dinosaur Books Dinosaur Books are a small indie publisher looking for exciting fiction for the 5-12 year old readership with a traditional feel – see their wonderfully illustrated Dinoteks books for an example.  No picture books or rhyming books – think fast-paced adventure for 5-8 or 8-12.  They prefer email submissions of the first three chapters and synopsis of the book and aim to reply within six months if possible.

Everything With Words is a young indie publisher with high standards established by Danish writer and storyteller Mikka Haugaard.  They are looking for books for readers aged 7+, so think middle grade and YA for this publisher with a minimum length of 40K words.  They lean towards the literary with a hint of darkness.  Email with three chapters or the first fifty pages.

Firefly Press   This vibrant Welsh publisher had a short open submission window at the end of August 2020, so worth keeping an eye on for future opportunities – and they publish the wonderful Catherine Fisher!  They accept chapter books, middle grade and YA.  Make sure you read the guidelines as they have particular requirements for submission. Fledgling Press This is a Scottish company that focuses on debut authors writing a variety of fiction including YA.  If you’re Scottish too that will help!  You should send three chapters and a short synopsis by email and they aim to reply within 6 weeks.  If accepted your book will be placed on a longlist for possible publication.  Note they do not want sci fi. Floris Books This Scottish publisher accepts unsolicited submissions for their Kelpies imprint, but only from authors from underrepresented communities.  Alternatively you can enter the Kelpies Fiction Prize, where you can submit annually for their Picture Kelpies, and Kelpies range of books for 6-9 and 8-12 year olds.  Note: only approach if you are a Scottish writer or your book has a Scottish setting and/or theme. Flying Eye Books Flying Eye Books are an imprint of publishing house Nobrow and are committed to producing a selection of high quality, visually appealing children’s fiction and non-fiction. They are currently accepting picture book and non-fiction submissions.  Email your submission as an attachment that includes the synopsis.  You will receive an acknowledgement and they aim to reply in 4 months, although that isn’t always possible. Frances Lincoln (Quarto Group)   This well-established publisher publishes picture books, young fiction (6-9 years) and novels (9-14 years) and are looking for exceptional writing that really stands out.   They are part of the Quarto publishing group so submission requirements are on the Quarto website.  Submit by email only with the specific information listed, including a signed submission agreement.

The new, but already rather fabulous, Guppy Books don’t accept unagented manuscripts, but in the last couple of years they have held competitions for new writers with no entry fee, with the winner being published.  In 2020 it was young adult, and in 2021 it’s middle grade.  See the requirements here and submit between 7-11 June.  Fingers (or pens) crossed, this may turn into an annual opportunity.

Hogs Back Books This small publisher specialises in picture books for up to age 10.  Send your manuscript by post or email – full text for picture books, first three chapters and synopsis for young adult.  Paper submissions will not be returned so just include an SAE or email address for a reply.  View the catalogue on the site to get an idea of what they publish. Imagine That Publishing (TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS) specialises in picture books and chapter books for young readers.  No middle grade or YA.  They prefer email submissions but will accept postal manuscripts with a contact email address (no returns).  Email attachments should be under 1MB.  If you don’t hear back within 8 weeks then you can assume you have been unsuccessful.  No simultaneous submissions (ie don’t submit to other publishers at the same time).

Knights Of are a new, ambitious and diversity-championing publisher with an exciting range of inclusive books that aim to more accurately reflect society.  Their submission model is a bit different: go to the guidelines, get prepared to pitch and then hit live chat.  You may be asked at some point during the conversation to paste in a short synopsis, and if they want to take your idea further then you’ll be invited to submit via email.  Fiction for 5-15 year olds, no picture books or YA/crossover.

Lantana Publishing   Committed to publishing books that reflect the diversity of the children who read them, Lantana is keen to see submissions by writers of BAME heritage.  They are looking for short picture books, early readers and middle grade. Sign up to their newsletter, then send the whole text and expect to hear back in about 12 weeks; if not, it’s a no this time.

Levine Querido is a new independent publisher that champions high quality literature and picture books by people from underpresented backgrounds and from around the world.  You should submit a query letter plus either the full text for a picture book or the first two chapters for a novel.  They use Submittable, a manuscript submission system which allows you to track the process, and the waiting time is six months.  They can only take on a certain amount of submissions per month so if your Submittable application fails you can try again the next month.

Lomond Books   If you have a book with a Scottish theme then Lomond books would like to hear from you.  Their submission requirements are quite loose so I recommend the standard package of three chapters plus covering letter and synopsis, or the whole text if a picture book.  They aim to reply in 6-8 weeks. Maverick Maverick publish a range of lively and colourful picture books.  They are looking for quirky, interesting reads with strong storylines.  Note that the maximum length is 650 words and preferably less!  Also no illustrations.  Unlike some picture book publishers they do accept stories in rhyme.  Email submissions are preferred as pdf or Word attachments together with a covering letter or email, but you can also submit by post.  Submissions are occasionally closed to allow them to catch up.  NOW ACCEPTING JUNIOR FICTION AND MIDDLE GRADE! Mogzilla Mogzilla are an independent publishing company with educational links, currently looking for historical fiction only for age 6-15 years.  They ask for proposals to be emailed and they will then request the manuscript if they are interested, either by post or in pdf form, so don’t send them a manuscript unless you have had a proposal accepted. Nosy Crow   Nosy Crow is a relatively young publisher that is going from strength to strength and is keen to embrace the latest technologies.  Currently closed to general submissions, they are still accepting manuscripts from BAME authors for ages 5-12, but middle grade in particular.  Email Tom with the first three chapters and synopsis. O’Brien Press This Irish publisher accepts all age groups from picture books to young adults and they are now taking email submissions.  Send a cover letter, synopsis and the full manuscript.  They aim to reply within 8-10 weeks.  Irish authors preferred as able to do local events.

Owlet Press are a small, family run independent publisher championing diverse creators and books. Check out their submission requirements carefully as they require a certain length of content in the email. They publish picture books, chapter books and graphic novels but are particularly keen to see more of the latter two. Due to the amount of submissions, they will only respond if they like your idea.

Rocket Bird Books are a new imprint launched in 2021 under the Barrington Stoke umbrella.  They specialise in picture books and, although they don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts generally, they plan to have an open submission day twice a year and have already had one on 30 November 2021, so keep an eye on their website or Twitter for more opportunities.

Salayira Publishing is a high quality, innovative independent children’s book publisher who are currently accepting picture books and non fiction picture books for their Scribblers imprint as well as graphic novels.  Browse their website to get an idea of what they are looking for and submit to the email address provided.  Don’t expect to hear back unless successful.

Scholastic – This large, exciting publisher doesn’t usually accept unagented manuscripts, but they have started having small ‘open season’ windows where you can submit picture books to them.  For 2021 this was 24-30 April with other dates to follow which will be announced on their Instagram feed.  Anything submitted outside that window will be deleted.  During the submission window you can submit up to 3 picture books at a time, of under 800 words each, and they will respond within 12 weeks if interested.  They are not looking for other age groups at this time. Strident – KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE FOR SUBMISSION WINDOWS – Strident are looking for books for the 5-8, 7-10, 8-12 and YA age groups.  They don’t accept picture books.  Do not send the usual submissions package but email with information about your book as outlined on the submissions page on the website.  This should include a blurb you have written yourself (imagine the back of a book – how would the book be described which would make you want to read it?).  They will then contact you in around 3 months if they wish to take your submission further. Stripes – KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE FOR SUBMISSION WINDOWS – Stripes are owned by the same company as Little Tiger Press and they publish books for readers aged 6-12 and young teenagers.  They have regular submission periods so don’t send anything until you’ve checked the website.  They accept email submissions only which should consist of a covering letter, a detailed synopsis and the first 1000 words.  Do not send picture books.  Expect a reply only if they are interested. Sweet Cherry Publishing – This independent Leicester-based publisher accepts manuscripts for all ages but is ideally looking for potential series or collections.  You can submit by post or email, or use the form on the submissions page and upload your manuscript.  You should include the first two chapters or 3000 words, a covering letter, a synopsis, and author bio plus brief outlines of future books in the series.  They will reply within 3 months if interested.

Tango Books Ltd – NOT CURRENTLY CONSIDERING SUBMISSIONS BUT KEEP AN EYE ON THE SITE – Tango publish novelty books for age 1-8 with an international element.  They accept manuscripts by post or email and you should include the full text up to 1000 words and a brief author biography.  You should hear back from them within a month.

Tiny Owl – This independent publisher produces beautiful multicultural books and encourages submissions by diverse authors about diverse characters..  Keep an eye on the site for occasional submission windows.  Picture books should be below 600 words.

Tiny Tree   Tiny Tree is a children’s imprint from independent publisher Matthew James Publishing and they are looking for picture books and chapter books.  Submit by post or email with a covering letter, synopsis and author biography.  They confirm receipt and aim to reply within 4-6 weeks.

Upside Down Books is the new children’s imprint from mental health/wellbeing publisher Trigger Publishing, who donate proceeds to a mental health charity.  They are mainly looking for non fiction, but also accept fiction picture books.  Send a cover letter, proposal form, outline and the whole manuscript for picture books (otherwise first 2 chapters) by email only and you should hear back in 12 weeks.  (Scroll down in link to find specific requirements for Upside Down Books.)

Wacky Bee Books is a fairly new small publisher that began as an offshoot of the literary consultancy service Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books.  Although they prefer authors to have used their services, they are also open to general submissions and are looking for picture books, early readers (4-7) and middle grade books, with a particular interest in the early readers.  Submit the whole manuscript to the email address provided. Walker Books A big name in the picture book publishing world, Walker don’t generally accept unsolicited work, but what they will accept is illustrated manuscripts – so if you are a writer/illustrator you have an opportunity to submit.  Use the email address given to send the whole document as an attachment using Word for the text and jpegs or pdfs for the pictures.  You can also submit by post with a dummy copy and/or typed manuscript but do not send original pictures, only copies.  They will only respond if interested.

Zuntold is a brand new independent publisher based in Manchester, looking for children’s fiction from middle grade upward.  Submit during their annual submission windows – these are 15-29 June for YA and 1-15 December for middle grade (9-12s).  Stories with a strong character journey or that touch on mental health issues would be a good fit for this publisher. Short Stories Cricket Media submissions

The US-based Cricket family of children’s print and digital magazines includes Babybug for up to three years, Ladybug for 3-6 years, Spider for 6-9, Cricket for 9-14 and Cicada for over 14s.  They all have different submission requirements so be sure to check out the word counts required by each one.  Themes vary each month for every magazine so see what they are looking for and that might inspire you!

The Caterpillar Magazine

This beautifully produced Irish-based print magazine accepts stories up to 1,000 words as well as poetry and art.

Knowonder is an online site that promotes literacy.  They are occasionally open for submissions of short stories between 500-2000 words but do not pay.

Alfie Dog Fiction

This small but ambitious publisher aims to be the foremost choice for downloading short stories on the web, and payment comes as a percentage of the small download fee charged to customers.  Length is 500-10,000 words.

Cast of Wonders

This site is a little different and features young adult fantasy stories up to 6,000 words recorded as podcasts.  See this blog post for more details and an interview with a Cast of Wonders author.

Zizzle is a new online international children’s magazine for 9-14 year olds.  They are looking for literary fiction from 500-1200 words and are a paying market.  Submit through their website.

Catalogues When submitting to publishers it is worth looking through their current catalogue to see what they are accepting at the moment.  If you can’t find a link to a catalogue from the main site, try googling the publisher’s name, “catalogue”, pdf and the current year.  I have easily found quite a few catalogues this way.

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