Spring- New Beginnings For Your Manuscripts

Ah Spring, the time of renewal, warmer weather (not that Winter’s been that cold until the last fortnight) increased energy and hopefully greater health- Winter has not been kind to me this year. I hope it has treated you better.

Hello dear fellow Children’s Writers and friends,

Spring is indeed all of the above, it is also your final season to get your manuscripts polished within an inch of their life and out of your drawers and files, into the publishing houses. Why is this the perfect time to polish and submit? Simple, you have three solid months after the fun, full and frantic ‘Book Week/Month’ to focus on your unpublished masterpieces and send them off into the world before the publishing houses close their books for the Summer. Most Australian publishers close from December to February so best get cracking. That’s not a long time to research publishers and submit you say, well thanks to Alys Jackson whose post on Publishers Open to Submission, which I’m reblogging today, a lot of the hard work has been done for you. You’re welcome. Good luck to those submitting,

Children’s publishers accepting unsolicited submissions


Farewell fellow travellers,

Savour the journey,


About Artelle Lenthall

Hi Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends, I am a published Picture Book author as well as a wife, mother and Primary School teacher. I am loving the new 'sites' on the continuing road to publication. I belong to the Fellowship of Australian Writers(FAW) Creative Kids Tales(CKT) Jen Storer’s The Scribblers and although I'd love to belong to more writing related organisations, I have found friends, support, critiquing and general encouragement with these, for which I am truly grateful. I also subscribe to Tara Lazar's specialist Picture Book website; How to Write For Kids While Raising Them, Buzz Words and The Duck Pond where I am one of the moderators. These inspire me in the development of my craft. Worth a look if like me, Picture Books and Children’s Writing are your passion.
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3 Responses to Spring- New Beginnings For Your Manuscripts

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  2. Thanks for this information Gretchen, I did have them on lasy year’s list but these are publishers specifically Open to Submissions at the moment. Do you know if UQP are open now? I’ll add them if they are


  3. Thank you for a comprehensive and helpful list, Artelle. I would like to mention that University of Queensland Press (UQP) was established in 1940s. They have a strong children’s catalogue and Clair Hume (formerly Affirm Press) has been appointed as commissioning editor for children’s and young adult books.


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