CRITERIA: Stories should have universal themes and deal with family or social situations. They should appeal to 4-8 year olds and have approximately 1,000 words. Most of all, they should feel like they'd fit our line. Please spend some time looking through our website and reading about our books to determine whether your story might be a fit.
Remember, we only publish picture books. We are NOT interested in concept books, non-fiction, early readers, chapter books, or YA novels. And no holiday books either, thanks.
1. If your manuscript meets the criteria above, send a query email describing your story (plot, word count, target audience, what makes this story unique) to Shari Dash Greenspan at submissions@FlashlightPress.com.
2. Do NOT attach the query letter to an email - instead, type or paste it into the email.
3. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a manuscript be sent(neither attached nor pasted into the email) until it is requestedby the editor.
4. Do not send any queries or manuscripts by snail mail. We are going paperless and will disregard and recycle any paper samples we receive.
NEW POLICY Due to the large number of queries we receive, we are no longer able to send individual replies for queries we do not wish to pursue. You will receive an automated reply that we received your query.
We will follow up with another email ONLY if we wish to see your full manuscript. (Important tip: unless you are also an artist, do NOT include illustrations with a requested manuscript.)
If you do not receive another email within a month or so, please realize that your story was not considered a fit for our line. But do not despair: we only publish several books per year, so we need to be extremely selective.
Manuscripts, when requested, will be evaluated within three to four months.