EMMA PRESS CALL FOR PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPTS

EMMA PRESS CALL FOR PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPTS

 jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 30th November 2018

The Emma Press has announced plans to launch a call for picture book proposals from writers – including those who illustrate theirown work – in 2019. The independent publisher, which is based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, will be looking for manuscripts for picture books forchildren with potential for crossover appeal.

 The call opens on 14th January 2019 and closes on 20th April 2019.

Writers will be invited to send in full manuscripts for the first round of submissions. All finished picture books will be 32 pages long, including front-matter and end-matter. The editorial team reading the submissions will consist of Yen-Yen Lu, Charlotte Geater, Emma Wright, Richard O’Brien and Philippa Barker. Successful proposals will be matched with illustrators.

The editors are particularly keen to see picturebook manuscripts from authors who are underrepresented in publishing. They arekeen to see submissions from BAME writers, from writers with immigrant backgrounds, from LGBTQ+ writers, and from disabled writers. They are seekingnew stories, and fresh perspectives on the world for a curious, contemporaryreadership.

 Publisher Emma Wright said: ‘Picture books are avital part of childhood. They are where we start to learn about ourselves andthe world around us, and about the possibilities of literature, art and theimagination. There is still so much work to be done to make the world ofpicture books an inclusive, welcoming place where children can see themselvesand also learn about others. I am looking forward to building an exciting,outward-looking list for children of all backgrounds.’

The Emma Press’s newest picture book is The Dog Who Found Sorrow, publishing at the end of this month. It is written by Rūta Briede and illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa, who were both award winners at the 2017 International Jānis Baltvilks Awards in Children’s Literature and Book Art. It is translated from the Latvian by Brasliņa.

The Emma Press celebrated its fifth anniversary in2018, and they won the Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlet publishers in2016. They have published a number of illustrated poetry books, including many for children, and they launched their picture books list in early 2018 withRūta Briede’s award-winning book Queen of Seagulls.

In 2019, alongside their call for picture bookmanuscripts, the press is launching Bicki-Books, a series of bijou poetrypicture books, which each feature a classic Latvian poem translated into English. Every book is fully illustrated by a top Latvian illustrator. Theseries is art-directed by Rūta Briede.

This will be their first open call for original picture books written in English.

The Emma Press is an independent publisherdedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books. It was founded in 2012 by Emma Wright and is based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Having been shortlisted in both 2014 and 2015, the Emma Press won the Michael Marks Awardfor Poetry Pamphlet Publishers in 2016

Go to The Emma Press at : .https://theemmapress.com/

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