Submission Guidelines

Submissions are currently OPEN


Cedar Grove publishes books that reflect a diverse and inclusive audience.

We do not accept romance fiction, non- fiction, textbooks, or educational materials.


We are willing to review unsolicited and non-agented manuscripts.


We accept submissions twice a year.

May 1-June 15 & October 1-November 15


At this time, Cedar Grove Publishing is only able to receive submissions and queries by e-mail. If submitting a manuscript, please attach ONLY the first chapter. We are not responsible for the return of your manuscript.

Please be patient when submitting a manuscript or query. Each will be reviewed in turn. Expect at the least, a two to four month delay before receiving a response.

Cedar Grove Publishing understands that authors, in order to maximize their chances of acceptance, will send multiple submissions to many publishers. However, we would appreciate that if this is the case, that you make us aware of this in your query or submission. This will not lessen your chances of acceptance.


Specific Requirements


For Manuscript Queries:


  • The reason you created your manuscript.
  • A synopsis of your book.
  • The age group that the book is intended and why you believe it will be appreciated by that group.
  • If it is illustrated, please attach a sample of the artwork. If accepted, this is not a guarantee that we will elect to keep that illustrator.


For Illustrators:


  • Please provide samples (if you work in a number of styles, we appreciate seeing samples of each style) in an Internet ready format, such as JPEG, PNG, or PDF.
  • We will keep your query and samples on file for a year and will contact you if we have a project suitable for your talents.
  • We will need to know the following:
  • Date created, medium used, prices at which you’ll work, the length of time in which you can accomplish a project.


For Book Submissions


Children’s Picture Books


  • Please submit the complete manuscript.
  • Please attach artwork, if there is any.
  • The length should be no longer than 60 pages.
  • No original samples of artwork, copies or scans only.
  • Please scan your artwork at 600 dpi, and submit at 75 dpi.
  • If lettered manually, please render all text in pencil, as this will be easier for you to edit.
  • If submitting a story, please submit it in comic book script, in a Word or text document.




  • Length should be between 50,000 to 90,000 words.




  • Length should be between 20,000 to 50,000 words.