Owlkids Books is currently looking for non-fiction, early chapter book, middle grade fiction, and picture book manuscripts. We welcome book ideas for children ages 2 to 13. Please have a look through our website and/or catalog to familiarize yourself with our list in order to better direct your submission.
If you wish to have your manuscript considered for publication, please mail it to our office (address below) along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). The package should be marked to the attention of Submissions Editor. Please do not include any original art or irreplaceable material. Please describe your writing background and credentials in an accompanying cover letter. We are unable to comment editorially on the manuscript unless we are considering it for publication.
For submissions of works longer than a picture book, please only send a query letter and a few sample pages, not the entire work.
We do not accept emailed submissions. We also do not accept works by children and teens or submissions from outside Canada. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.
Should we find that your manuscript or proposal does not suit our publishing program, a response and your material will be returned with your SASE. If you have not included an SASE, your submission will be recycled. We receive a number of manuscripts each day and so we ask your patience in awaiting our response. The review period is usually 12 to 16 weeks. We are unable to provide you with the status of your submission.
Illustrators are encouraged to send a portfolio or examples of their work either to our office (address below) or to email@example.com. Written manuscripts will not be accepted via email.
All submissions may be mailed to:
c/o Submissions Editor
10 Lower Spadina Ave., Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5V 2Z2