Submissions

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 We do not publish picture books. We do not publish short stories or poetry.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.

Phone: 256-542-3213
Email: submissions@onstagepublishing.com

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

Ebooks

We are looking for Mysteries for ages 12 to 17 (grades 6 – 12) to publish as Ebooks. Please note the following guidelines:

  • The story MUST be a mystery.
  • The subject matter and storyline will be appropriate to the age and experience of the main character. The main characters will be young adults between the ages of 12 and 17. The mystery must be engaging and involve issues to which YA readers can relate.
  • The story must contain the basic elements of fiction: character, plot, setting, theme and style.
  • The plot can contain several major characters, but one character should emerge as the focus of the story. The main character should be leading a normal teenage lifestyle, but should have to face a serious crisis during the story. The main character’s actions and decisions should be influential in the outcome of the story.
  • Language, complexity and conflict resolution must be age appropriate. Know your audience and do not insult your reader’s intelligence.
  • Avoid being preachy and overly predictable. The main characters should be fundamentally good human beings. They may be unhappy or in difficult circumstances, but at heart they should be good teenagers; side characters may not be so nice.
  • There should be adult role models in the story, a character the hero or heroine can turn to if they choose to.
  • Profanity in the dialogue is permitted, but should not be excessive and should be appropriate to the situation. No casual use of profanity by the hero or heroine in everyday conversation.
  • Smoking, drug use or alcohol abuse by the main character is discouraged, unless used to show character growth.
  • Drug or alcohol use by secondary characters is acceptable, but should also show character development.
  • Descriptions of violence will be kept to a minimum. No excessive on-stage violence will be accepted  i.e. rape, child abuse or cruelty to animals.
  • Each story MUST be a mystery and the resolution must be by the main character. Secondary characters or adults may have a helping role but cannot do it for the main character.

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.

The art director requests that you send your samples by email in the body of the email and NEVER as attachments. Please do not send ANY submissions to a physical address as we are moving to online submissions for artwork as well as written work.