By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books
UPDATE AUGUST 16, 2018: The submissions window for this open call is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted manuscripts. Responses have been sent to all submissions dated April 23, 2018 or earlier. Approximately 130 manuscripts were submitted between that date and the end of the open call; responses to those will be sent by the end of August 2018. Thank you for your patience!
One of my favorite things about children is their sense of wonder. My own kids regularly ask me questions about things I take for granted (“Why does it get dark at night?”) and prompt me to think about familiar things in new ways (“My cheese looks like Minnesota!”)
And what does this have to do with an open call for submissions? I am currently looking for manuscripts for children in grades K-3 that tap into that sense of wonder. Manuscripts should focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) topics and should present those topics in playful or unconventional ways. And finally, these books should be able to be illustrated with photographs, though the author will not expected to do photo research. That said, authors who are also photographers and can provide images are welcome to submit.
Word Count: 1,000 max.
Back matter: Yes! (the back matter doesn’t need to be complete; a list of proposed back matter will suffice)
Page count: 32 (manuscripts aren’t required to be paginated)
How to submit: In the body of the email, please briefly describe your background/qualifications and note any previous publications; include your submission attached as a Word document (.doc or .docx). If you’re submitting text and photographs together, you may submit a PDF.
Send your submission to: MillbrookSubmissions@lernerbooks.com
Deadline: Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2018.
To get a sense of topics and writing styles that have worked well for the imprint, I recommend taking a look at the following books. (Three of the four of these are picture books, but this particular call is not for books with art; the focus is solely on photographs.)
Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns, photos by Ellen Harasimowicz
Water Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas
Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Bone by Bone by Sara Levine
Questions? Please leave a comment on this post, and I’ll respond!
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