The other day I received an e-mail from an editor at Knowonder with a call for submission and guidelines for chapter books.
Here are highlights of what the editors are looking for in submissions:
* Imaginative, exciting, action-filled chapter book manuscripts for kids ages 7-9. Intended to be either read by kids themselves, or with an adult's help. The story should keep a young child's attention and move quickly.
* Beginning level chapter books generally contain up to 10 short chapters. Examples include The Magic Treehouse series, Junie B. Jones, and Ivy and Bean.
* Stories should be approximately 10,000-15,000 words in length
* Stories should fall within a first to third grade reading level. (Please provide the readability statistics from Microsoft Word or another similar program.)
* Stories must be fiction but can be any genre—fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, adventure, historical fiction, etc.
* Please submit a query letter and the first chapter of your work.
* Manuscripts should be double-spaced in a standard 12 point font such as Times New Roman.
* Allow up to three months for response.
* Editors will contact author if they want to see the entire manuscript.
* Upon acceptance, author will receive a contract that explains in detail the terms of knowonder's royalty sharing program, which is competitive with industry standards.
* Chapter books will be published in both digital and print formats.
* If you're interested in submitting a chapter book to knowonder!, please follow these instructions.
* Go to this link to submit all chapter books: knowonder.submittable.com/submit
* Click on the "+show guidelines" link to see the detailed submission guidelines, or, click on the "submit" button to submit your book.
* Note that author will need to create an account with Submittable to submit a story. If editors decide they would like to use your story they will contact author and provide thier legal agreement for chapter books.
* Please disregard the legal agreement on their website, which applies only to their short story collections.
If you have any questions about the submission process, contact Kathy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Phillip (email@example.com).
I've never written a chapter book, but one day I hope to give it a try.
For any of my visitors with writing skills in this area, this call out might be an interesting opportunity.