Groundwood Books publishes fiction, picture books and non-fiction for children.

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Groundwood Books Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

Attention: Submissions
110 Spadina Ave., Suite 801
Toronto, ON M5V 2K4

Phone: (416) 363-4343

Fax: (416) 363-1071

Submitting Your Work to Groundwood Books

Before submitting to Groundwood Books

The Market List recommends you verify the market is active and accepting submissions before sending your manuscript via regular mail. You may verify a market status by either visiting their website, calling their listed phone number, or comfirming via regular mail that the market is still active before sending them your work. To be sure your submission is appropriate for this market, we recommend you familiarize yourself with Groundwood Books by reading a sample issue before submitting.


If you have recently submitted to Groundwood Books or have experience with this market, please submit a comment below. Recent submission response times are always welcome and helpful to other writers.

From the Groundwood Books guidelines:

Due to the enormous number of submissions we receive, Groundwood Books regrets we can no longer accept unsolicited manuscripts for picture books.

We are always looking for new authors of novel-length fiction for children in all age areas. Our mandate is to publish high-quality, character-driven literary fiction. We do not generally publish stories with an obvious moral or message or genre fiction such as thrillers or mysteries. We do not publish high-interest/low-vocabulary fiction or stories with anthropomorphic animals or elves/fairies as their main characters.

Submissions should be legibly typed and double-spaced. We do not accept faxed or electronic submissions.

It is preferable to submit several sample chapters and a brief synopsis rather than the entire manuscript.

Please submit no more than one manuscript at a time.

We do not acknowledge receipt of manuscripts unless a self-addressed, stamped postcard for this purpose is included with the submission.

We accept multiple submissions as long as this is indicated on the manuscript.

Reporting time is four to six months. Questions regarding status of a submission after six months should be made in writing; please do not call. We regret that we cannot offer any editorial comment unless we feel the work has publishing potential.

Submission Guidelines Details for Groundwood Books

Market Type: Book

Accepts: Juvenile

Multiple Submissions: Yes

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