Submission Guidelines for Writers

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LEE & LOW BOOKS is an independent children’s and young adult book publisher that focuses on multicultural themes. Our goal is to meet the need for books that address children and teens of color by providing culturally authentic titles that all readers can enjoy. Picture books, early readers, and chapter books are published under our Lee & Low Books, Shen’s Books, and Children’s Book Press imprints. Middle-grade and young adult novels are published under our Tu Books imprint. Explore our website and check out the Open Book Blog to get a sense of the kinds of books we publish.

Lee & Low Books is currently closed to unsolicited manuscript submissions until further notice. We still accept agented submissions and projects from writers’ conferences that Lee & Low editors have attended. In addition, if you have never been published before, consider entering our New Voices Award and New Visions Award contests.


We are happy to consider art samples for picture books, graphic novels, and book jackets. Send samples to Please include a link to your website. (Note that all manuscript submissions sent to this address will be deleted unread.) If you are an artist of color who will be in the New York City area, and you would like to meet with one of our editors for a portfolio review, please send an e-mail with an art sample to the address above, including the dates of your visit, your email address, and the address of your website, and an editor will be in touch to arrange a meeting, if possible.

Thank you for considering Lee & Low Books as artistic home for your work.

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