Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 12, 2020

Charlesbridge Children’s Book Submissions

Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for young people with a goal of creating lifelong readers and learners. They publish fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, early readers, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction (ages 8–12), and young adult novels (ages 12+).

They believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, we seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children’s literature.

Their nonfiction tends to focus on nature, science, math, social studies, biography, history, and the arts.

In both fiction and nonfiction, they are committed to reflecting and celebrating our diverse world.

To find out if your book is a good match, get to know them by downloading their catalog or visiting www.charlesbridge.com.

BELOW ARE THEIR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Updated May 2020.

They now accept only digital submissions for all manuscripts, including author/illustrator book dummies. Please do not mail a submission.

AUTHORS:

Charlesbridge currently accepts unsolicited manuscripts. They are not seeking:

  • alphabet books
  • coloring books
  • activity books
  • novelty books

Due to a high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest. If you have not heard back from us after three months, you may assume we do not have a place for your project.

What to Send

  • Submit your manuscript as an attachment (Word or PDF). Don’t paste your story into the body of an email.
  • Submit only one manuscript at a time.
  • Manuscripts should be double spaced.
  • Illustrations are not necessary.
  • Include your name, address, and contact information on your manuscript and in your email.

Picture books and other books under thirty manuscript pages:

  • Please send the complete manuscript.

Fiction books longer than thirty manuscript pages:

  • Please send a detailed plot synopsis, a chapter outline, and three chapters of text.

Nonfiction books longer than thirty manuscript pages:

  • Please send a detailed proposal, a chapter outline, and one to three chapters of text.

YA novels:

  • Please send a plot summary and the first three chapters of text.

Where to Send

  •  

    Author/Illustrators:

    Charlesbridge currently accepts unsolicited book dummies.
    They are not seeking:

    • alphabet books
    • coloring books
    • activity books
    • novelty books

    Due to a high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest. If you have not heard back from us after three months, you may assume we do not have a place for your project.

    What to Send

    • Please send a book dummy (PDF) or your manuscript and sample illustrations (Word doc or PDF).
    • Submit only one project at a time.
    • Manuscripts should be double spaced.
    • Please include your name, address, and contact information on your manuscript/dummy and in your email.

Where to Send

Email childrens.submissions@charlesbridge.com.

ILLUSTRATORS:

Charlesbridge currently accepts art samples. We prefer digital samples over printed ones to reduce paper waste. Please send samples that demonstrate strong originality, excellent conceptual abilities, and technical accomplishment in your chosen media.

Due to the large volume of samples we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about them. We will contact you if we have a project that suits your particular talents.

What to Send

  • For digital samples, send PDF or JPG portfolios. Be sure your name is in the filename.
  • If you have a website or online portfolio, please include the URL in your email.
  • For mailed samples, send artwork postcards. Be sure your contact info is printed on the card.
  • Do not send original art; we cannot return any submission.

Where to Send

  • Email design.submissions@charlesbridge.com with “portfolio” in your subject line.
  • Mail to Art Director—Submissions | Charlesbridge | 9 Galen Street, Suite 220 | Watertown, MA 02472

 

IMAGINE! PUBLISHING – Submission Guidelines

Imagine is the adult nonfiction imprint of Charlesbridge. We publish 8–10 titles a year, primarily focused on history, politics, women’s studies, and nature.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest to us.

“These guidelines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation of any manuscript, artwork, or other material. Submission of any materials shall be done at the author/illustrator’s own risk.” Charlesbridge

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Great info, Kathy! Thanks!

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  2. Thanks, Kathy!

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  3. Thank you! This is the kind of information I have been looking for.

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  4. How do you find out the name of the person to send children’s submissions to? I’ve looked online and in reference USA and have not found any names.

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