Any manuscripts submitted while the submissions are closed will not be read. Submissions will open sometime in the new year.
How to Submit
To help you with the submissions process we have put together a video of our ‘Top Ten Tips on Submitting a Manuscript’. We recommend that anyone wanting to submit their manuscript watches this first and then carefully reads all the guidelines below.
Maximum word count – 650 words.
Manuscripts must be submitted either as a PDF or in a Word/Rich Text document. We will not read submissions that are on an external links/websites or on a dropbox.
Double line spacing, typed in a legible font, text running from one page to another (i.e. not one sentence/stanza per page). WRITING EVERYTHING IN CAPS IS NOT FRIENDLY!
We accept stories written in rhyme or prose, but not poetry.
File size no bigger than 5mb.
Please refrain from including illustrations with your manuscript unless you are an author/illustrator. If this is the case, then please let us know whether you are happy for only the text to be used.
In the subject heading of your email please include your name and the title of the text.
N.B. Hurrah! We do accept unsolicited manuscripts.
If submitting multiple manuscripts please put in the same email.
We are looking for something a little bit quirky…We are called Maverick!
We publish children’s picture story books, so please make sure that your text is a story.
A short cover letter with some information about yourself eg. location, job and whether you are already published.
Your name on the email (you would be amazed how many people forget to put a name!).
It looks better if you send your own submission, unless it is being sent on your behalf by an agent.
N.b. At Maverick we are looking for proactive authors, who want to go out and about doing events etc. It is also important for us that you write lots and really really really want to be an author.
NEW (as of 18.05.16)!
We now only accept email submissions – any submissions sent by post will not be read. (Whilst we are making the transition to email only submissions, we will return postal submissions if they include a SAE)
Current Response Time:
We’re currently reading August 2016 submissions
Please allow 6 months before enquiring about a response to a submission then please enquire through the enquiry form.
If you have any questions about submitting then please use the submissions enquiry form. Do not email questions to the submissions email, they will get lost in the queue!
If you have a manuscript, which after reading the guidelines and watching the video, you feel is suitable for Maverick, then you can submit it by emailing it to us. Postal submissions are not accepted.
N.b. Do not send us an email asking if we want to read a manuscript…just send it to us! Do not send queries to the submissions email.