Friday, August 19, 2016

Albert Whitman & Company seeks picture books, middle grade and young adult manuscripts ~ no agent required

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Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing award-winning children’s books since 1919. Albert Whitman’s special interest titles address subjects such as disease, bullying, and disabilities. 

If you can get an agent, it’s usually a good idea and there are many agents representing authors of children’s books, especially middle grade and young adult. You can find many such agents on Quick Brown Fox here. But if you can’t get an agent, it’s good to know that Albert Whitman and Company currently has an open submissions policy and will read and review unagented manuscripts and proposals for picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult novels.

Specifically they are seeking:
Picture Books, fiction and nonfiction, for children ages 1 to 8. Word count:  Up to 1,000 words.
Middle Grade Novels for children up to age 12. Word count: Up to 35,000 words.
Young adult novels for ages 12-18. Word count:  Up to 70,000 words.

Email submissions only. Full submission guidelines here.

Jennifer Mook-Sang will be one of the guest
speakers at the Writing Kid Lit course
This fall, Brian Henry is offering a weekly course on Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA, Tuesday afternoons, Sept 27 - Nov 22 (no class Oct 11), in Burlington (see here).

Brian regularly offers full-day workshops on Writing for Children and for Young Adults. The next one is Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books as his guest speaker (see here). 
Note: If you’re looking at this posting after No 19, 2016, check out current Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops here.

Brian will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Oct 15, in Burlington with literary agent Cassandra Rodgers of The Rights Factory (see here), on Saturday, Oct 22, in London with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here), and on Saturday, October 29, in Caledon, at the Bolton Public Library, with Martha Web of the McDermid Agency (see here). 
Note: If you’re looking at this posting after Oct 15, 2016, see current How to Get Published workshops here.

To register or for details, email:

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publicationmay be with a weekly course. This fall, Brian will offer a wide range of classes:

“Welcome to Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Oakville (see here).
 “Intermediate Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 21 to Nov 30 (no class Oct 12), in Burlington (see here)
Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 29 - Dec 8, in Georgetown (see here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Intensive Sept 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) , in Burlington.
See details of all five classes offered this fall here.

To reserve a spot or for more details, email 

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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