Thursday, April 4, 2013

Call for Children's Chapter Books from Knowonder!

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:
* 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 ( or Phillip (

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.


  1. Thanks Donna. I submitted a short story to them (768 words) in February and received a reply in March saying it didn't match what they were currently looking for, but they hoped to see more of my work in the future. I guess a standard rejection email. I'll check into this, I don't know if I have any that length or not, though.

  2. That's not exactly my bookbag. But I remember my kids being quite proud to be checking out CHAPTER BOOKS from the school library. I loved Junie B. Jones. Or as my youngest called her, "Junaby Jones."

  3. Great information as usual, Donna! Thanks!

  4. Hi Janet,
    It's worth a shot.

    Hi Val,
    Love "Junaby Jones."

    Hi Tammy,
    You are welcome. Hope all is well with you.


  5. This is an area I've never tried, funny how 'chapter books' seem a bit daunting. I have read many that I love. Kudos to those who author these stories so well.

  6. Wish I were a chapter writer!

    Critter Alley

  7. You're a wealth of info! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Sally,
    Reading chapter books are fun to do with kids and grandkids. When my grandson was younger we read together some of the Magic Tree House series. Recently I gave some to my twin grand-nephews and they are enjoying them.

    Hi Pat,
    It's something to think about. I think a series about your critters would be great.

    Hi Lynn,
    You are welcome. It was great to chat yesterday. Hope all goes well with school. I admire you for tackling such a daunting subject.


  9. Looks interesting, Donna. Thanks for sharing! I am kind of surprised they show Create Space as the publisher on Amazon instead of Knowonder. But it's really a cute idea and a cute name for a series, I think.

  10. Donna-- Do you know if they include the author's names on the books are just their publishing name at the top--KNOWONDER?

    1. Hi Michelle,
      I'm not sure, but if you contact one of the editors mentioned above they should be able to answer your question.


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