Submissions are now open until 31 July 2018.
Submissions received outside of this period will not be considered.
These guidelines contain all the info that you might need to submit your manuscript to Imagnary House for consideration of publication. Yay!
Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres:
- Children’s picture books
- Teen fantasy
- Young adult science-fiction and fantasy
Children's Picture Books
We're looking for long-form children's picture books that are fun and imaginative. Make us laugh! Make us wonder, think, get warm fuzzy feelings, or cry... but don't try to educate us.
We don't look at or accept any educational or didactic children's stories. Let your story carry a meaning, but don't let your meaning carry a story. Children can smell the latter a mile off, and they will run.
We prefer to look at picture book submissions with at least reference illustrations, and submissions without illustrations will not stand as good a chance as those without.
Children's Picture Books
Much like with picture books, we're looking for sophisticated chapter books from local authors that breathe imagination, curiousity, and depths of fun into children.
We're looking for chapter books that are focused on middle-grade readers... and we will give preference to authors who are illustrators too. Chapter books tend to be repetitive, yet plot-driven and treat more complex themes than picture books (and we aren't scared to pubish off-the-wall books).
Teen/Young Adult Books
We're looking for alternative-history, science-fiction and fantasy books. Let's get crazy.
Again, we want universal books that can hold an international audience, but which have roots in our country. We want to give our local writers the opportunity to enter into the international stage.
We find that teen/young-adult books in these genres are usually between 50,000 and 90,000 words long. Again, this is a guideline and not a rule. If it's a great story, send us that 200,000 word manuscript and let's create a wonder.
How to Submit
You may submit your manuscripts to Gordon Ritchie via our Google Form, and only via this submission form.
We're green like Seuss's eggs, yo. That means your submission can only be sent digitally (in .PDF or .docx format — illustrations are preferred in .PNG or .PDF). We don't accept hardcopy submissions (unless requested).
Owing to the volume of submissions we receive, the assessment process may in some instances take up to 4 months.
Submission for publication places Imagnary House under no obligation to publish your material, and we reserve the right to select our publication list according to our own in-house guidelines.