Publish With Us

Do you have an inclusive story you would like to share with us?
What We Publish

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.

The Kinds of Books We’re Looking For

Picture Books for 2-5 Year Olds

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.

Fiction for 5-7 Year Olds

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.

Fiction for 7-9 Year Olds

Narratives usually between 10,000-15,000 words, that make up an 128+pp chapter book with several two-tone or black & white illustrations.

Fiction for 9-12 Year Olds

Narratives usually of 30,000+ words with a few black & white illustrations at significant points in the narrative, such as chapter headings.

Narrative Non-Fiction and Poetry

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.

How to Submit Your Manuscript or Portfolio

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

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
Little girl reading Maisie's Scrapbook on a couch
What Happens Next?

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!

Liquid error: Could not find asset snippets/upsell-now.liquid