Arthur A. Levine Books

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to Arthur A. Levine Books! As of December 31st, 2016, we will be temporarily closed to unsolicited submissions. Anything submitted online by the end of the day December 31st, 2016 (by midnight Eastern Standard Time on January 1st, 2017) will be reviewed. Please watch this space for more information about when we will reopen.

Before you write a query letter to us, we encourage you to look at a few of our books and determine whether we are indeed the right kind of publisher for your book. Arthur A. Levine Books publishes hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and discerning adults). We look for strong writing, beautiful artwork, authentic emotion, and ideas or perspectives we haven't seen before, and we greatly enjoy working with debut authors and illustrators.

If you've examined our list and believe your work and our publishing style are a match, then we hope you'll write us a query letter. If you have never written a query letter before, you might wonder just what one is. A query letter is a one-page description of your manuscript that illuminates its strengths and captures our interest. What is your manuscript about? Why would a reader turn to your book? What makes it original or memorable? Try to answer these questions in a way that reveals the character of your writing and gives us the overall feel of the manuscript. (Often good queries sound like jacket copy, the text on the inside front flap or back cover of a book, or the descriptions found in publisher's catalogs.) Don't think of a query as a form to fill out-your letter should be as individual as the book it describes and the author it introduces. Consider it an opportunity to make an impression, to introduce your work to readers who might enjoy it. And don't forget to proofread your letter thoroughly before sending it! 

Please choose the category you feel best matches the project you're submitting, and follow the instruction specific to that category. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at Questions only at this e-mail address, please; any submissions sent to this address will not be read.

We are a staff of only four people, and we receive thousands of submissions each year. But we are committed to reading each and every one of them, and will aim to respond to each query within 6 months.