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Dear Writers and Illustrators,

Welcome to EK Books. Please note, we close submissions between November and March every year to give our editorial team some time to catch-up. Please do not send us manuscripts until March 1, 2021, after which we will be more than happy to review your work. To give yourself the best chance of success when the time comes, we recommend you check out our “Home Study” course for writers from our partner program, Exisle Academy >>

Kind regards,
The EK Books Team


EK is a publisher of children’s picture books only. Our motto is ‘books with heart on issues that matter’ and our books are aimed primarily at children aged 4 to 8.

We welcome submissions from literary agents, as well as new and established authors.

Submissions must be a digital copy and emailed to SUBMISSIONS CLOSED with ‘TITLE – EK Books Submission‘ as the subject. We do not accept Hardcopy manuscripts.

Illustrator portfolios must be emailed to SUBMISSIONS CLOSED with ‘Illustrator Portfolio’ as the subject. Again, do not send hard copy samples – digital only.

To ensure that appropriate attention is given to your submission, we request the following:

• Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, in an easy-to-read typeface, with a wide margin. Make sure pages are numbered. We only accept manuscripts that are sent digitally, to the above email address. 

• If you also intend to illustrate your manuscript, or have an illustrator in mind, please include a selection of sample illustrations (photocopies, not originals), and indicate how the artwork would be supplied if the book was accepted for publication.

• Your manuscript should be accompanied by a written proposal (we suggest 1 to 2 pages) explaining why your book should be published, who will buy it (i.e. the intended audience), and how it differs from other similar books on the market (be specific and refer to any competing titles that you know of).

• Tell us about yourself. List any previous work that you have had published. Specify your qualifications for writing the book. Outline how you could be proactive in promoting and selling your book. Are you active on social media? Do you regularly talk at schools and libraries?

Ensure that you include your full contact details: name, address, phone number and email.

EK Books does not carry insurance for submitted manuscripts, so always keep a copy of your work.

NOTE: We receive hundreds of submissions every month and all manuscripts are carefully read and assessed. However, we can only respond to those who are successful as otherwise far too much time would be taken up sending out ‘no thanks’ letters. If we do not contact you within three months of submission, please assume that we have decided not to pursue your manuscript and we will not be directly in touch. 

Please email all manuscripts to:

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED and in the Subject line, include:
TITLE – EK Books Submission

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED in the Subject line, include:
Illustrator Portfolio


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