FOR WRITERS

Before submitting an email query, make sure your manuscript fits the following criteria:

  • is a fiction picture book (NOT: a concept book, non-fiction, an early reader, a chapter book, or a YA novel)
  • has a universal theme (but no holiday themes, and no talking inanimate objects)
  • deals with family or social situations
  • targets 4-8 year olds
  • is between 500-1,000 words
  • feels like a Flashlight book (Please read about our books to determine whether your story really feels like a fit.)

If your manuscript meets our criteria:

  • send a query email describing your story (plot, word count, target audience, what makes this story unique) and a bit
    about yourself, to Shari Dash Greenspan at submissions@FlashlightPress.com
  • do not send snail mail queries. We disregard and recycle all snail mail submissions.
  • no attachments (Type your query into the body of the email.)
  • do not send your full manuscript (neither attached nor pasted into the email).

Then:

  • you will receive an automated reply that we received your email query.
  • if we wish to see your full manuscript, we’ll let you know by email within a month or so. If you do not receive an email
    requesting your full manuscript, please realize that your story was not considered a fit for our line.

Manuscripts, when requested, will be evaluated within three to four months.

Important tip: unless you are also an artist, do
not include illustrations with a requested manuscript.
FOR ILLUSTRATORS

  • Explore our site to be sure that your style could be a fit.

  • Please do not send any samples by snail mail - we are going paperless and will recycle all paper samples we receive.

  • Instead, please prepare an email into which you have pasted a few jpegs.Then we don't have to open any files and can
    easily view your samples.

  • Include links to your online portfolio in your email.


  • We'll keep your information on file for future reference, and will be in touch if we have any projects to offer.
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