Submission Guidelines

If you are an ARTIST who wants to be considered as an illustrator for our projects, please send your URL and a few lo-res samples to

If you are an AGENT who would like to submit a project on behalf of a client, please contact

If you are an un-agented AUTHOR who would like to submit a manuscript, please follow the directions below.


Flashlight Press publishes fictional children’s picture books. Make sure your manuscript:

  • targets 4–8 year olds
  • is under 1000 words
  • has a universal theme
  • deals with family or social situations
  • feels like a Flashlight Press book. Study our books to determine whether your story is a true fit.

If your manuscript meets ALL of the above criteria, and you do not have an agent, please send an email to, exactly as follows:

The subject of your email must say: Query for [fill in title of your manuscript]
Copy the following into the body of your email, and  fill  in every field.
Your name:
City, State, Country:
Title of story:
Word Count:
Target Age:
Prose or Rhyme:
Subject or theme of story:
One-line hook (a snappy line that will make us want to read your story):
Short summary (5 sentences or less):
What makes your story unique:
If you have been published previously, list titles, publishers, and pub dates:
Anything else you’d like to tell us:

Finally, attach your manuscript (as a pdf or Word doc) to the email. Within a week, you should receive an automated reply that we received your query. If we are interested in your story, we will contact you within three months.

Please make sure to add to your safe senders list, address book, or contact list to make sure you receive our email response.

We do not accept snail mail submissions.