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Picture Book Press

Young writers! Yes, YOU! Submit your work to the Picture Book Press! Our full-color literary quarterly features your stories, poems, essays, and reviews. It also features unique, interesting, and unusual items in Cotsen’s rare collections. 

We accept poems, fiction, AND non-fiction. The thrilling tale you’ve been perfecting? We’d love to see it! The report on bats that earned you an A+ in biology? We’re interested! An effusive review of your favorite book? Send it in! The poem that brought tears to your teacher’s eyes? YES!

If you’re ready to get started, take a look at the submission requirements below. 

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We prefer submissions to be typed and ask that stories not exceed 1,200 words. Submissions are accepted  year-round, anytime. Because of our production schedule, some writing pieces may be held and published at later dates. Work will not be returned, so please keep your original and send a copy. Submissions are limited to authors aged 5 - 17. Send as many pieces as you like, whenever you like! 

For a pdf version of the requirements, please click here.

Each submission must include:
Your first and last name
Your age
Your city and state

E-mail your work to:

Or mail it to:
Princeton University Library
Attn: Dana Sheridan, Editor
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544

Now for the hard part…because of the size of our publication and the number of submissions we receive, we're not able to publish every submission. If you submit a piece that doesn't get published, please don't be discouraged. Sharpen that pencil and try again! And keep in mind that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 8 times before it was accepted for publication. Twilight? Rejected 14 times. Watership Down and A Wrinkle in Time? Both were rejected 26 times!

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