Submission Guidelines

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 you are an:

    • AGENT who would like to submit a project on behalf of a client, please contact
    • ARTIST who wants to be considered as an illustrator for our projects, please insert or attach a few lo-res samples and make sure to send your URL to
    • UN-AGENTED AUTHOR or ARTIST  with a book/illustrated manuscript you’d like us to consider, please send an email to, following these steps:
        • 1) Email Subject:  Query for [title of your manuscript]

            2) Copy the following into the body of your email, and fill in every field.
            Title of Story:
            Word Count:
            Target Age:
            Subject or Theme of story (1-5 words):
            Summary (3 sentences or less):
            Your Name:
            City, State, Country:
            If you have been published previously, list titles, publishers, and pub dates:
            Anything else you’d like to tell us:

                                  3) Attach your manuscript as a .doc, .docx, or PDF. Any query that includes a different file format will not be accepted.

                                  Multiple submissions are allowed, but please send only one query per day.

                                  Snail mail submissions are not accepted.

                                    Within a week, you should receive an automated reply that we’ve received your submission. If we are interested, we will contact you within three months.