Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 1, 2020

Holiday House – Place to Submit – No Agent Needed

Holiday House is an established children’s book publisher. They have been around for over 75 years. They publish picture books as well as books aimed at children grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7 and up, so they publish Picture books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novel, plus Graphic Novels. In the last year they have signed 21 book contracts: 7 PB’s, 11 MG’s, and 3 Young Adult novels.

Writer’s do not have to have an agent to submit.

They are based out of New York City and have published many well known books and authors, including Kenneth Grahame. The books that they have published have won numerous respected awards and honors.

They specialize in quality hardcovers, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.


Holiday House is a publisher of children’s books only. We specialize in quality hardcovers, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.

We publish children’s books for ages four and up. We do not publish mass-market books, including, but not limited to, pop-ups, activity books, sticker books, coloring books, or licensed books.

Due to the volume of manuscripts we are receiving, Holiday House will no longer be able to respond to or return materials that we are not interested in publishing. We do, however, make every effort to carefully consider each submission we receive. If we are interested in your manuscript, we will respond within four months of receiving it.

Please send the entire manuscript, whether submitting a picture book or novel. All submissions should be directed to the Editorial Department, Holiday House, 50 Broad Street #301, New York, NY 10004. Send your manuscript via U.S. Mail. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL. There is no need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We do consider submissions by e-mail sent to

Please note that you do not have to supply illustrations. However, if you have illustrations you would like to include with your submission, you may send detailed sketches or photocopies of the original art. Do NOT send original art.

By agreeing to review a submission, we do not assume any obligation to refrain from publishing a book based on a similar idea, concept, or story.

Thank you for your interest in Holiday House.


Never send original artwork. If you wish to submit, please send Xeroxes of full-color samples and of black-and-white line work. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL. No submissions will be returned.

We do not comment individually on artwork submissions. If we wish to schedule a portfolio review based on your submitted work, we will contact you. We do not have a drop-off policy, and we do not schedule portfolio reviews without first receiving samples.

We specifically look for:
1. Work that is highly original and geared to the trade market.
2. Humor, multicultural work, historical work, fantasy and folklore, jacket art.
3. Illustrators who are professional and competent and have a strong understanding of the process involved in illustrating a children’s book.

We do not publish work geared to the mass market.

You may submit your art samples to: Director of Art and Design, Holiday House, 50 Broad Street #301, NY, NY 10004.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you for your information. My husband is an illustrator , can he submitted his illustration via mail ?


  3. Thank you for your reply. His mail id:
    His work link :
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  4. Thank you for the information.


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