Written by Emily Harstone

Bala Kids: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Bala Publications is an imprint of  Shambhala Publications, an independent publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado. They are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Shambhala Publications was founded in 1969 and “is dedicated to creating books, audio, and immersive courses aimed at improving lives—in ways big and small—in the hope of contributing to the development of a thoughtful, kindhearted, and contemplative society”.

Bala Kids is dedicated to encouraging the values of wisdom and compassion for children with books on Buddhism, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and more.

Their books are focused on connecting with kids ages 0-8. You can get a good feel for what they focus on publishing by visiting the main page of their imprint here.

All manuscripts, along with any accompanying illustrations, must be submitted with a cover letter. The cover letter should include a short author biography, and a book summary. The email must contain the words “Bala Kids Submission” in the subject line.

Illustrators that are interested in working with them should submit samples, along with a brief biography and contact information.

To learn more, including the appropriate email address to submit to, go here.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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