Monday, October 10, 2022

Charlesbridge press seeks kid lit - picture books to young adult, plus some adult nonfiction

Devin Rhodes is Dead, a YA novel
by Jennifer Wolf Kam
published by Charlesbridge

Charlesbridge Publishing

9 Galen Street
Watertown, MA  02472

Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for young people with a goal of creating lifelong readers and learners. Under its Imagine imprint, it also publishes 8–10 nonfiction titles for adults.

Charlesbridge believes 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. Like everyone else, they’re especially interested in “BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) voices and other perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented in publishing.”

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+).

Charlesbrige’s nonfiction tends to focus on nature, science, math, social studies, biography, history, and the arts.

To find out if your book might be a good match, check out their catalogues of recent books here


For board books, picture books, early readers, and middle-grade books, email

For picture books and other books under thirty manuscript pages, please send the complete manuscript.

For fiction books longer than thirty manuscript pages, please send a detailed plot synopsis, a chapter outline, and three chapters of text.

For nonfiction books longer than thirty manuscript pages, please send a detailed proposal, a chapter outline, and one to three chapters of text.

For YA novels (ages 12+), emai:l

Please send a plot summary and the first three chapters of text.

Author / illustrators should submit a book dummy (PDF) or your manuscript and sample illustrations (Word doc or PDF).

Charlesbridge is also seeking illustrators.

Full submissions guidelines here.


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 might be a good match, check out their recent catalogues here.  

Submissions: Send your full manuscript or sample chapters with a cover letter to:

Full submissions guidelines here.

Literary agent Olga Filina

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our in-person How to Get Published  workshop, Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga, with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary. As this is an in-person workshop, attendance will be strictly limited. Details here.

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape:

Weekly classes starting soon:

Online: Enjoying Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 11 – Dec 6, 2022 {Or to Dec 13 if the course fills up.} Details here.

Writing Kid Lit with guest speakers Lana Button and Kira Vermond, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct 12 – Dec 7, 2022 {Or to Dec 14 if the course fills up}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Monday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 24 – Dec 5, 2022 {Or to Dec 12 if the course fills up.) Details here

Details of all fall classes here.

Sherwood Inn ~ Cozy year round

Writing Retreats: 

October in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, Oct 14 – Monday Oct 17, 2022. Details here. – Waiting list only for this one, but…

New: March in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27, 2023. Details here.


Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. For book publishers in general, see here {and scroll down}. For more children’s and young adult publishers, see here {and scroll down}.

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