This morning, Jennifer Stokes, editorial director of Owlkids Books, launched an open call for previously unpublished picture books and early chapter book manuscripts from unagented BIPOC writers aged 18 or older.
Picture book manuscripts should target readers between the ages of three and seven and early fiction manuscripts should target readers aged six through nine. Author-illustrators are also encouraged to participate and are permitted to submit dummies showcasing their work.
“The Owlkids team is excited at the prospect of reviewing new voices and helping to break down some of the barriers facing emerging writers in a tangible way,” Stokes said in a press release.
Entries from either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line, “Open Call Submission.”
The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2021.