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Calling all Children's Authors!

last updated 28 May 2021


Bright Literary are expanding their fiction list and welcome the opportunity to consider your work for representation.

Between Monday 31st May– Monday 14th June we are encouraging authors (debut or established) to submit their chapter book and middle-grade fiction manuscripts. We represent some of today’s most successful children’s authors and illustrators, whose work has been acknowledged by bestseller lists and awards worldwide. If you think your work could sit alongside theirs, then our reading glasses are at the ready!

Check out our guidelines on how to submit below.

What we’re looking for:

We are looking for fresh stories, memorable characters and authentic voices across illustrated chapter books (1000-4000 words) and middle grade fiction (10,000-40,000 words). We are open to all genres. As an agency committed to championing diverse talent in children’s publishing, we strongly encourage submissions by authors from underrepresented backgrounds.

What we need from you:

A covering email with the title of your work in the subject line. This should include a little bit about yourself, a 1-2 sentence description of your story and your intended audience.

Attach the following documents:

-A synopsis, with a full plot breakdown

-The first three chapters of your manuscript (1.5 spacing in a Word document)

-Sample artwork, if you are an author-illustrator and submitting illustrated fiction.

Submissions to be emailed to

Please note that any submissions of picture book or illustration portfolios will not be considered via this email address. Head over to The Bright Agency, website and use the standard submission process.

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