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At Lantana, we are actively seeking under-represented voices. This means that if you feel you and your experiences weren’t represented on the shelves of bookshops when you were growing up, and especially if those experiences still aren’t often represented now, we want to hear from you.
Picture books have been our heartland since we began, but we are also keen to expand into books for older readers.
Short narratives usually between 100 and 500 words, that work with pictures to tell a story across 12 double page spreads. The text should flow well enough to read out loud, but the full meaning of the story should only be revealed in the interplay of text and illustrations.
Narratives usually between 4,000-6,000 words, that make up an 80+pp chapter book with plenty of two-tone or coloured illustrations on practically every page.
Narratives usually between 10,000-15,000 words, that make up an 128+pp chapter book with several two-tone or black & white illustrations.
Narratives usually of 30,000+ words with a few black & white illustrations at significant points in the narrative, such as chapter headings.
We do, on occasion, consider narrative non-fiction and poetry across the age spectrum, so if you feel that your offering is exceptional, please do submit it following the same instructions as for a fiction author.
Firstly, please sign up to our newsletter; joining our family of authors means understanding and valuing our list. If you think your book concept would be a good fit for us, please submit a cover letter in the body of your submission email, and your manuscript/dummy/portfolio as an attachment, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Submission Information PDF for an example of a great cover letter and full instructions for submitting a manuscript or portfolio.Submission Information PDF
We would love to respond to every submission we receive but unfortunately the volume is just too high. If your manuscript has caught our attention, we'll be in touch within 12 weeks to tell you the good news. If you haven't heard from us by then, please assume we aren't able to take your story through to publication.
We value every submission. Good luck!