Written by Emily Harstone January 20th, 2022

Cardinal Rule Press: Accepting Manuscript Queries Until February 1st, 2022

Cardinal Rule Press is a respected children’s picture book publisher. They are only open to submissions during certain times of year. Their current submission window opened on January 1st and will be open till February 1st 2022.

The work they publish hopes to empower children by telling meaningful stories aimed at 4-11 year olds. They publish realistic fiction which they describe as “a genre made up of stories that could happen in our world and society.”

That means they only consider work where characters are human beings that are living in places that could be real, or are in fact real. Magic does not exist in real fiction. You can see work they’ve previously published here.

They consider manuscripts up to 1,000 words in length.

They also publish non-fiction books for parents and educators, which can be up to 70,000 words in length. Submissions are limited to one manuscript per person, per submission period.

Do not query. They will respond within 4-6 weeks of the submission period closing.

They only accept emailed submissions. They have specific guidelines that you should read in full 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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