Manuscript Outline

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  • Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for young people with a goal of creating lifelong readers and learners.
  • We believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, we seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children’s literature.
  • Charlesbridge publishes fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, early readers, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction (ages 8–12), and young adult novels (ages 12+).
  • Our nonfiction tends to focus on nature, science, math, social studies, biography, history, and the arts.
  • In both fiction and nonfiction, we are committed to reflecting and celebrating our diverse world.
  • To find out if your book is a good match for us, get to know our program by downloading our catalog or visiting www.charlesbridge.com.
  • These guidelines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation of any manuscript, artwork, or other material. Submission of any materials shall be done at the author/illustrator's own risk.

Our submission guidelines have been updated as of May 2020.We now accept only digital submissions for all manuscripts, including author/illustrator book dummies. Please do not mail a submission to us. Thank you.

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Charlesbridge currently accepts unsolicited manuscripts. We are not seeking:

  • alphabet books
  • coloring books
  • activity books
  • novelty books

Due to a high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest. If you have not heard back from us after three months, you may assume we do not have a place for your project.

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  • Submit your manuscript as an attachment (Word or PDF). Don’t paste your story into the body of an email.
  • Submit only one manuscript at a time.
  • Manuscripts should be double spaced.
  • Illustrations are not necessary.
  • Include your name, address, and contact information on your manuscript and in your email.

Picture books and other books under thirty manuscript pages:

  • Please send the complete manuscript.

Fiction books longer than thirty manuscript pages:

  • Please send a detailed plot synopsis, a chapter outline, and three chapters of text.
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Manuscript Outline Format

Nonfiction books longer than thirty manuscript pages:

  • Please send a detailed proposal, a chapter outline, and one to three chapters of text.

YA novels:

  • Please send a plot summary and the first three chapters of text.
  • For board books, picture books, early readers, and middle-grade books, email [email protected].
  • For YA novels, email [email protected]. (If you send anything other than a YA novel (for ages 12+), it will be deleted unread.)

Charlesbridge currently accepts unsolicited book dummies. We are not seeking:

  • alphabet books
  • coloring books
  • activity books
  • novelty books

Due to a high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest. If you have not heard back from us after three months, you may assume we do not have a place for your project.

  • Please send a book dummy (PDF) or your manuscript and sample illustrations (Word doc or PDF).
  • Submit only one project at a time.
  • Manuscripts should be double spaced.
  • Please include your name, address, and contact information on your manuscript/dummy and in your email.

Email [email protected].

Charlesbridge currently accepts art samples. We prefer digital samples over printed ones to reduce paper waste. Please send samples that demonstrate strong originality, excellent conceptual abilities, and technical accomplishment in your chosen media.

Due to the large volume of samples we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about them. We will contact you if we have a project that suits your particular talents.

Manuscript Outline Template

  • For digital samples, send PDF or JPG portfolios. Be sure your name is in the filename.
  • If you have a website or online portfolio, please include the URL in your email.
  • For mailed samples, send artwork postcards. Be sure your contact info is printed on the card.
  • Do not send original art; we cannot return any submission.
Manuscript outline template
  • Email [email protected] with “portfolio” in your subject line.
  • Mail to Art Director—Submissions Charlesbridge 9 Galen Street, Suite 220 Watertown, MA 02472

Imagine is the adult nonfiction imprint of Charlesbridge. We publish 8–10 titles a year, primarily focused on history, politics, women’s studies, and nature.

  • To find out if your book is a good match for us, get to know our program by downloading the catalog or visiting www.imaginebooks.net.
  • Send your full manuscript or sample chapters with a cover letter to [email protected].

Formatting A Manuscript For Submission

Due to the high volume of submissions, we respond only to manuscripts of interest to us.