Written by Emily Harstone January 20th, 2022

Cardinal Rule Press: Accepting Manuscript Queries

Updated March 18th 2024

They are respected children’s picture book publisher only open to submissions during certain times of year.

They hope to empower children by telling meaningful stories aimed at 4-11 year olds. The work they publish is 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 living 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 only accept emailed submissions. They have specific guidelines that you should read in full here. Their most recent submission period ended January 31st. You can subscribe at their website to be notified when they reopened.

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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