Monday, July 8, 2024

Pajama Press is open for Middle Grade manuscripts

The Only Lonely Fairy by Lana Button
illustrated by Peggy Collins, 
published by Pajama Press
Pajama Press

11 Davies Ave., Suite 103
Toronto, ON M4M 2A9

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Pajama Press publishes books for children of all ages and backgrounds, both fiction and nonfiction

Their books take a child-centred approach to big topics like conservation and social justice, or focus on family and friendship, and address everything in between.

Their aim is to work with skilled authors, illustrators, editors, and educators to craft books that will spark curiosity, develop empathy, and grow joy and self-empowerment.

They have been closed to submissions from new, unagented authors for ages, and still are for picture books, primary stories, and early chapter books. But, Pajama Press is now accepting middle grade manuscript submissions (24,000–40,000 words). 

Email your submission to: 

In the subject line, put: MG-Submission.


A brief summary of your book. Remember that this is a summary, not marketing material – please don’t leave us in suspense about how the story’s conflict is resolved.

An excerpt. The first three chapters of your middle grade manuscript.

Information about your writing background.

Full submission guidelines here.

Nan Froman editorial director
at Groundwood Books

Note: If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to get Published workshop Sunday, July 21, with guest speaker Gordon Warnock of the Fuse Agency. Details here.

If you’re especially interested in Kid Lit, don’t miss our one-day day “Writing for Children and for Young Adults” workshop, with Nan Froman, editorial director at Groundwood Books, Sunday, Sept 22. Details here.

Also, be sure to check out our weekly course, “Writing Kid Lit ~ the next level,” on Monday evenings this fall. Details here.

See all upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.  

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. See information about other publishers looking for manuscripts here (and scroll down). If you're looking specifically for publishers of children's and young adult books or short pieces, see here (and scroll down). 

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