Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 21, 2011

Call For Submissions – Looking for New Talent

On Monday, I shared an article that Editorial Director, Stacy Whitman of Lee & Lows’ newest imprint, Tu Books wrote on humor and voice. Actually, I meant to include the rest of this information at the time, so here it is:

Tu Books publishes young adult and children’s fiction, focusing on adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novels featuring people of color set in worlds inspired by non-Western folklore or culture. Currently, Tu Books is particularly interested in discovering new writers of color, but they are also interested in writers who can do their homework and write a good story about a protagonist or family of another culture.  I specifically asked if she would be interested in stories of Middle Eastern Cultures and she said she would love to see a well-written book that fit that bill.

Tu Books publishes speculative fiction for children and young adults featuring diverse characters and settings. Their focus is on well-told, exciting, adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novels featuring people of color set in worlds inspired by non-Western folklore or culture. We welcome Western settings if the main character is a person of color.

We are looking specifically for stories for both middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (ages 12-18) readers. (We are not looking for picture books, chapter books, or short stories. Please do not send submissions in these formats.)

What we’re particularly interested in seeing lately: Asian steampunk, any African culture, contemporary African-American stories, Latino/a stories, First Nations/Native American/Aboriginal fantasy or science fiction written by tribal members, original postapocalyptic worlds, historical fantasy or mystery set in a non-Western setting. Please note that we also welcome GLBTQ characters.

For more information on how to submit, please see there submission guidelines at www.leeandlow.com/p/tu_submissions.mhtml . We are not accepting unagented email submissions at this time.  (The keyword here is email.  You can still snail mail.)

For more information on Lee and Low and Tu Books, please visit our website at www.leeandlow.com. Stacey says she is looking forward to hearing back from us!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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