An Open Submission Call for BIPOC Voices

All young people in Canada deserve to see themselves represented in the books they read, and to be represented by authors from their own communities. It is in this spirit that HarperCollins Canada will be opening up our submissions inbox and accepting unagented, unpublished middle-grade manuscripts from BIPOC creators from August 17, 2020, to September 30, 2020.

Have a project ready to submit? Have a question about the submission process? Read on for our complete submission instructions and FAQs!

This initiative will give underrepresented writers residing in Canada direct contact with HarperCollins and feedback from a HarperCollins Canada’s Children’s Editor. Submissions will be read by an Editorial Committee, comprised of kidlit-loving members of our editorial, sales, marketing and publicity departments.

Any exceptional projects will be considered for possible acquisition.

The current open submission call will be for original, unpublished middle-grade projects only (ages 8 – 12), across all genres and formats. A typical middle-grade novel is 30,000 – 75,000 words in length.

Your submission package should include:

  • A query letter including your contact information, a summary of the project, and a short biography.
  • Your complete manuscript, in Word document format.

Each creator may submit only one manuscript for consideration, including titles that are part of a series.

Send your submission to [email protected].

All authors whose submissions adhere to these guidelines will receive feedback by December 15, 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Who is eligible to submit?

Answer: Any BIPOC creator who resides in Canada. HarperCollins Canada acknowledges BIPOC as referring to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour.

Question: Is your open call for all self-identifying diverse voices?

Answer: At this time, we have extended an open call for submissions from BIPOC creators, but we may look at doing a similar open call for submissions from other diverse communities and across other publishing categories in the future.

Question: What if I don’t write middle grade?

Answer: Manuscripts for other categories, including YA and chapter books, will not be accepted at this time. However, this initiative may be revisited in future for other areas of our publishing program.

Question: Is there a submission fee?

Answer: There is no fee to submit.

Question: Will there be a winning manuscript?

Answer: Rather than provide a single prize, this initiative is an opportunity for submitting authors to receive feedback on their work and/or a potential offer to publish.

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