If you’re a writer looking to develop your work or for representation, we would love to hear from you. We’re a new press, but we have experience and dedication—and it costs nothing to submit or publish with us!


We’re looking unique and interesting voices in the following books for our 2019/20 season. Please read our submissions guidelines at the bottom of this page before sending your manuscript.


Children’s Picture book:

For ages 3 to 8. Manuscripts should fall between 250 and 1,000 words. Illustrations are welcomed, but not necessary for submission. Please briefly describe what illustrations you would expect on each page.

Children’s Chapter book:

For ages 6 to 9 or 7 to 10. Manuscripts should fall between 8,500 and 12,000 words.

Mid-grade book:

For ages 8 to 13. Manuscripts should fall between 25,000 and 50,000 words (average of 30,000 words, with some genres—such as fantasy—going higher).

Young Adult book:

For ages 13 to 16. Manuscripts should fall between 50,000 and 75,000 words.

New Adult book:

For ages 17 to 21+. Manuscripts should fall between 50,000 and 90,000 words. We understand that this age category is relatively new in publishing, and will have further information on this soon.



What are we looking for?

At Cuthbert & Young, we exclusively publish children’s, middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction. We’re always looking for something new and different across all genres. The most important things to us are original voices, engaging concepts and writing that sweeps us away.

To submit a manuscript, please send an email to

For your story to be considered, please adhere to the following:

  • Put your query letter (which should include the anticipated age range of your writing) in the body of your email;

  • Attach your manuscript as a Word document;

  • Your document should be no longer than the first three chapters (or fifty pages), or the full manuscript for picture books;

  • Name your document file as ‘Age Range-Title-Author Name’. For example, ‘Picture Book-Dinosaur Roar-John Smith’

  • Please format your writing in a sensible 12pt font, with 1.5-spaced lines;

  • Place the title of your manuscript in the header of your document and number the pages.

All submissions will receive a response and personalised feedback.


We look forward to reading your submissions!