Submission Guidelines for Children’s Books

Red Deer Press is looking for quality writing for children across the ages, from picture books to young adult fiction and non-fiction.

Submissions are to be made through regular mail. Please send only one manuscript at a time. Manuscripts should be legibly typed, double-spaced, with the author’s name and contact information clearly indicated on the cover page. Submissions should always include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage to return the manuscript or a reply.

  • For picture books submit entire text, no query letter. No original art will be accepted.
  • For fiction, submit query letter - or three sample chapters.
  • For non-fiction, submit query letter, or sample chapter with outline.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable but will not receive priority.

Please allow four to six months for a response.

Note: If you submitted a manuscript between March 2020 and December 2020 please resubmit it.

Art Guidelines:

  • Send samples along with an illustrator bio and a website address, if available.
  • CDs are acceptable but not preferred.
  • Please do not email or fax samples.
  • Please do not send original art, hand-bound books or other bulky submissions or anything that needs to be returned.

All children’s submissions should be sent to:

Peter Carver, Editor
Red Deer Press
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario
L3R 4T8

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