Submissions

Good news! You can submit work to us again!! Please read the guidelines below carefully to avoid ineligibility and to maximise your chances of working with us. In general, there are three golden rules that you should follow:

1. Know what you want from us. We are a publisher, not an illustration agency! You should have a specific type of work collaboration in mind when you submit work to us. In other words: would you like to submit a picture book for consideration? Or perhaps a graphic novel? Or maybe a non fiction picture book for children? Whatever it is you submit, make sure it is in line with something that we actually do.

2. Be clear and concise. We have to sift through a lot of submissions, so please try to be clear and to the point in your pitch, whatever it may be. If you have a long manuscript or a long form graphic novel to submit, or even a completed picture book – that is fine, please send it in attachment. However, in your email please provide us with a brief summary and overview of your project so that we can quickly review the pitch before delving into the main body of work.

3. Look at what we do.  Look at our body of work and think, does what I want to pitch fit in with the Nobrow canon of works? Even if it is something we have never done before, if you think your project is in line with our core values as a publisher, submit whatever you want!

We have separated the submissions process into three distinct groups to help us organise your brilliant submissions so as to ensure that the right person sees them. However, there are some basic technical guidelines that all submissions should conform to, regardless of category.

General technical guidelines:

- Please make sure your emailed submissions are less than 5mb and preferably less than 3mb and that any images attached to your pitch are jpegs or in pdf format.
- Please ensure your text documents are Word or rtf format.
- Please make sure to provide your contact details, including your phone number so that we can contact you if we need to.

Here are the submission categories:

Category 1: Picture Books and Non-fiction for Children (Flying Eye Books)

email your submission to: picturbksubs [at] nobrow [dot] net

Guidelines for submission:

Please note that any submissions that do not follow the all of the minimum requirements in these guidelines will be automatically disregarded. Each submission must fulfill all of the requirements below:

1. We will accept submissions for picture books that are 24 pages or 32 pages long (story) not including endpapers and fly sheets, etc. word count 500 words (1000 max) for picture books. For children’s non-fiction submissions we will accept pitches for books of up to 90 pages.

2. We will require a brief synopsis of the story and brief written character studies with principal character sketches (in attachment) if appropriate.

3. Such submissions should include in attachment the complete written script of the story written in full as a ‘best attempt’ first draft, this must be sent in attachment.

4. If you are an illustrator/author or an illustrator author duo, you should supply a minimum of three finished spreads (also known as double pages, i.e. six pages in total) in the pitch to give us a taste of the ‘look and feel’ of the proposed book. In the case of a picture book submission, the remainder of the pages should ideally be visually roughed out as a first draft.

5. If you are not an illustrator/author or an illustrator and author duo, you may submit written only manuscripts for picture books, but you must have been previously published as a children’s author and provide evidence for this.

6. All submissions should be age appropriate and include a desired targeted audience in the introductory email.

Category 2: Short-form comics – The 17 x 23 Series:

email your submission to: 17x23subs [at] nobrow [dot] net

Please note that any submissions that do not follow the all of the minimum requirements in these guidelines will be automatically disregarded. Each submission must fulfill all of the requirements below:
We will only accept pitches for short form comics that conform to the 17×23 series rules:

Guidelines for submission:

1. They must be 24 pages beginning to end.

2. The single page dimensions are 17 x 23 cm portrait.

3. The story must have a beginning, middle and end, and should not end on a cliffhanger.

Further to these basic 17×23 rules here are some submission rules:

1. We will require a brief synopsis and brief written character studies with principal character sketches (in attachment).

2. You must complete at least half of the comic (drawn and coloured) with the second half fully roughed out with ‘best attempt’ dialogue.

3. If you are not an illustrator/author or an illustrator and author duo, you may submit written only manuscripts for comics, but you must have been previously published as a comic book writer and provide evidence for this.

Category 3: Long-form comics/ Graphic Novels:

email your submission to: gnsubs [at] nobrow [dot] net

Please note that any submissions that do not follow the all of the minimum requirements in these guidelines will be automatically disregarded. Each submission must fulfill all of the requirements below:

Guidelines for submission:

1. We will accept submissions for graphic novels that are 90 pages or more (story) not including endpapers and fly sheets, etc.

2. We will require a concise synopsis and brief written character studies with principal character sketches.
Such submissions should include the complete written script of the story written in full as a ‘best attempt’ first draft. Page numbers should be included and an attempt to consider the layout of the page also attempted. i.e. p 1; panel 1…2,3,4 etc.

3. If you are an illustrator/author or an illustrator and author duo, you should supply a minimum of ten finished pages in the pitch to give us a taste of the ‘look and feel’ of the proposed book.

4. If you are not an illustrator/author or an illustrator and author duo, you may submit written only manuscripts for graphic novels, but you must have been previously published as a comic book writer.

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We are not currently accepting open portfolio or website link submissions unless they are tied to one of the categories above. If that is the case, please email your portfolio to the correct category’s email address. We will not accept any other types of submission.

Thank you in advance for your hard work and we look forward to seeing your submissions. Due to the number of submissions we receive, it may take some time for us to contact you, but we will try to contact you whether you have succeeded in your pitch or not.

The Nobrow Team

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