Algonquin Books publishes literary fiction and nonfiction, and in late 2013 we launched Algonquin Young Readers, publishing literary fiction and a limited number of narrative non-fiction titles for middle grade and young adult readers. We don’t publish poetry (for adults or young readers), genre fiction (romance, science fiction, etc.) or picture books.
Algonquin Books accepts unsolicited queries only; we cannot accept unsolicited manuscripts, hand-delivered submissions or electronic inquiries of any kind. (Ditto for pitches by smoke signal, carrier pigeon or Twitter.) Queries should consist of a letter describing the project and the first 15-20 double-spaced pages of the project itself, as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope and, if you would like your sample pages returned, a check to cover return postage. Please note that, due to staff size and the sheer volume of submissions we receive, we cannot respond to phone or email inquiries regarding your project.
Mail queries to:
Editorial Department – Algonquin Young Readers
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
P.O. Box 2225
Chapel Hill, NC, 27515
**Please specify if your submission is for Algonquin Young Readers
At this time, we do not accept unsolicited submissions for illustration.