Following Submission Guidelines

Please please please…carefully read the below comments regarding submission guidelines for Leucrota Press.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT CHILDREN’S FICTION, and we do not normally accept young adult fiction either. Every once in a while, I will take a look at a YA novel that rides the boundary between YA and adult fiction, as long as it is well-written, has all the necessary plot and character requirements, and manages to catch the attention of our scrupulous editors. However, this is extremely rare, almost never, and you should only submit your YA novel if you think it can bridge the gap between the two age groups.

Again…for those of you who weren’t listening.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT CHILDREN’S FICTION.

According to our submission guidelines on our website, we state that “books should be aimed toward a mature, well-read audience.” That means no stories to put children to bed at night, or tales of bad little boys and girls, and no talking bunnies – of course unless the bunny is going to go on a state-wide killing spree knocking off all artichoke-eating… you get the point.

Yet, over the last week, for some reason that is beyond me, I received more children’s story submissions than anything else – probably close to a three to one ratio. Why? Well, I’m not quite sure. We don’t put our press out as a kid-friendly place (despite me being in the process of having one, that doesn’t necessarily mean I want to publish stories for other people’s kids), nor do our submission guidelines welcome them.

We have talked about the possibility of an imprint in the future years for the miniature version of human beings, but alas, that time is not now, and may not ever be. So in the meantime, please quit sending in your fairy tales and bedtime story collections. No, we don’t want to see them. No, we’re not interested that you’re a parent of seven. And no, regardless of whether you’ve been a middle school teacher for 20 years or a children’s librarian for 30, we don’t care. Aaaaaaaand – we REALLY don’t care if you try to sell us on the moral undertones of your book teaching children it’s not the win that’s important but the journey there, or how to help your parents understand the need to be understanding to all races and ethnicities in your classroom…

Why?

Because WE DO NOT ACCEPT CHILDREN’S FICTION. And all of our editors are the most sarcastic and egocentric bastards on the face of this planet, so we don’t care much for cutesy-wootsy “moral of the story” lines…

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6 Responses

  1. Could be because of the graphic novel and comic connection.

    Reminds me of my comic, wayyyy back. In fact, the style of your cover artist is quite similiar to that of one of my group. Gave me 80’s flashbacks when I saw it, it did.

  2. Or it could be that people just don’t read submission guidelines and send their stuff out to anyone hoping to get a bite. I know it must be annoying, but I can sorta understand where they’re coming from – I know I’ve done it too.

  3. Hmm….well maybe I have to do a post on what a graphic novel is…

    And yes, JC, I understand to a point too, but it doesn’t make my day any easier…

  4. Do not accept children’s fiction…um do you accept children that write fiction…*ducks* just kidding seriously.

    There’s not much that is more annoying than a clearly stated rule that people refuse to follow. I feel your pain.

  5. Hey! Mine was supposed to be a serious adult novel!

    Just kidding. Although I’m some submissions you receive blur the line between “infantile” and “for children.” 😉

  6. Well said Nathan…

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