Traditional Printed Books

Submission Guidelines

OnStage Publishing is a children’s book publisher. We publish chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult novels. We do not publish picture books. We do not publish short stories or poetry. Query first for non-fiction as non-fiction projects must spark our interest and be geared for grades three or up.

190 Lime Quarry Road, Suite 106 • Madison, AL 35758
Email: submissions@onstagepublishing.com

We are always seeking artwork. Artists, please see our artist guidelines below.

Author Guidelines

OnStage Publishing is willing to consider unsolicited manuscripts. It is our policy to consider all submissions in the order they are received. We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask that they be identified as such. Please submit only one manuscript per SASE envelope. We feel it is important for you to know in advance that if our decision is negative, you will receive a form rejection letter. This procedure enables us to reduce the time it takes to respond to submissions, time we can devote to reviewing more submissions. You should receive an answer from us in approximately three to six months.

Should you wish Onstage Publishing to consider your manuscript, please submit a cover letter that includes the following:

  • Your name, address and date of submission.
  • Synopsis (Brief one page summary of story).
  • Intended audience – be specific: chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult. Include story’s total word count and number of chapters if appropriate.

We now accept submissions via e-mail. Please follow the above guidelines as for what to include in body of the e-mail. *Do not send submissions as e-mail attachments. Submissions sent in this manner will be automatically deleted from our computers and not acknowledged in any way.

We will no longer return manuscripts. You only need to send an envelope-sized SASE. Unfortunately, returning manuscripts costs us trips to the post office to swear that we are not shipping terrorist items. Too much time and money is spent on manuscripts we cannot use.

Fiction

If under 100 pages, submit the completed, double-spaced manuscript. If over 100 pages, submit the first three chapters and a plot summary. If interested, we will request the rest to be sent.

Suggested manuscript lengths [this is only a guideline, not a hard and fast rule]:

Chapter books: 3,000 to 9,000 words Middle-grade novels: 10,000 to 40,000 words Young adult novels: 40,000 to 60,000 words

Submission etiquette:

Please enclose a dated cover letter along with a number 10 envelope for your SASE. We will no longer return manuscripts. You only need to send an SASE. Unfortunately, returning manuscripts costs us trips to the post office to swear that we are not shipping terrorist items. Too much time and money is spent on manuscripts we cannot use.

Homeland Security has declared that envelopes over 13 oz. may contain hazardous materials. We do not have the time to wait in line at our local post office so we are now refusing to send anything back heavier than 13 oz.

*Do not send submissions as e-mail attachments. Submissions sent in this manner will be automatically deleted from our computers and not acknowledged in any way.

*Do not send submissions on a disc. We will NOT read anything that comes in this manner.

Artist Guidelines:

Here are a few things to remember when submitting materials to us:

  • We do not publish “seasonal stories” (i.e. Christmas, Easter, birthdays, etc.).
  • Our chapter books need inside black/white line illustrations. All books need full color cover illustrations.
  • Sample illustrations need to have one sample in full color to show your style and one sample in black/white to show your skill.
  • The main characters in our books are children. We need to see how you portray children, especially children in action.
  • If we decide that your work might be suitable for future projects, your samples will be placed in our illustrators’ file. This file is consulted for most new books. It is up to the artist to update that file, especially when the artist’s style changes.
  • If we decide that your work might be suitable for future projects, your samples will be placed in our illustrators’ file. This file is consulted for most new books. It is up to the artist to update that file, especially when the artist’s style changes.
  • If you choose to submit your work to OnStage Publishing, please remember to include a covering letter. We will not return any artwork. So please, never send originals!

The art director requests that you send your samples by mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR WORK BY E-MAIL OR COMPUTER DISK unless specifically requested.