Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 27, 2017

Worthy Kids & Ideals


WorthyKids/Ideals accepts unsolicited manuscripts for our children’s publishing program and for publication in the annual Easter and Christmas editions of Ideals. However, we encourage you to review the content and submission guidelines below and become familiar with our current publishing program.

WorthyKids/Ideals publishes fiction and nonfiction board books, novelty books, and picture books for children ages birth to 8. Subjects include inspiration/faith, patriotism, and holidays, particularly Easter and Christmas; relationships and values; and general fiction. Board book manuscripts should be no longer than 250 words. Picture book manuscripts should be no longer than 800 words.


Editors will review complete manuscripts only; please do not send query letters or proposals. Previous publications, relevant qualifications or background, and a brief synopsis of your manuscript may be included in a cover letter. Please send copies only—we cannot be responsible for an original manuscript. All submissions should be typed on 8 ½ x 11” white paper, double-spaced, and with sufficient margins for easy reading.  Include your name, address, and phone number or email address on every page. Do not include original art or photographs. We do not accept digital submissions via email or other electronic means.

MAILING ADDRESS WorthyKids/Ideals Attn: SUBMISSIONS 6100 Tower Circle, Suite 210 Franklin, TN 37067

ARTIST GUIDELINES Artists/Illustrators/Photographers:

Editors will evaluate unsolicited tear sheets of previously published illustrations, color photocopies of unpublished work, or samples sent via regular mail. Please include your website address. Tear sheets and photocopies cannot be returned. Do not send original artwork. Please do not send submissions by email. You will be contacted only if the editors feel your work would be suitable for a specific future project. Mail your information to the address above to the attention of Art Submissions Editor.

IDEALS GUIDELINES The Ideals annual (in continuous publication since 1944) welcomes the opportunity to review your poetry or prose for possible publication in our magazine. Please familiarize yourself with a recent edition before submitting. Our current issues include Easter and Christmas. You may submit for either theme at any time, but submissions for a particular issue are generally selected 6 to 8 months before publication.

Poetry: Both metered verse and free verse are accepted. Nostalgia is an underlying subject of all Ideals issues; subjects should be optimistic. No more than 5 poems per submission. 

Nonfiction: Editors are looking for cheerful nostalgic articles, upbeat personal experience essays, humor, and inspirational articles. No political or social concerns, please. Length should be 600 to 1,000 words. No more than 2 selections per submission. Please mail your submission to the address listed above, Attn: Ideals Submissions Editor.

WHEN WILL YOU HEAR FROM US? We will review your submission as quickly as we can, but please be patient as we are a small team. Due to the high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts and art styles of interest to our publishing program. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable discuss submissions by telephone, by email, or in person and we cannot provide detailed editorial feedback.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. An interesting page.
    It is a great pity you only accept manuscripts by post, as I have an outstanding submission that I would have liked to submit.
    Unfortunately, sending manuscripts by post has become prohibitive from my country.


  2. I am an elementary music teacher in Hernando, MS. We are going to distance learning since schools are closed. I mist video myself teaching lessons and put them on our school website. I would like to have permission to use your book Here Comes Peter Cottontail -ISBN-13:978-0-8249-1925-2 in a video lesson. Please let me know what I need to do to be granted permission to use the book.


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