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Flyaway Books

100 Witherspoon Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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Author & Illustrator Submissions

Flyaway Books is open to unsolicited submissions. Please read these guidelines carefully to determine whether we are the right home for your work.


We are currently considering manuscripts for picture books only. We do not consider board books, early readers, or fiction/nonfiction for readers over the age of ten.


We seek manuscripts that reflect themes of diversity, inclusivity, kindness, compassion, care for the world, social/emotional challenges, and social justice/contemporary issues. These would be appropriate for a general trade market and found in bookstores, libraries, and schools.


We are also open to manuscripts that are appropriate for progressive churches, religious schools, and families that value faith both inside and outside of a church setting. These include retellings from the Bible, stories about religious characters or holidays, and contemporary stories with religious themes.


Visit the Our Story page of this website for more about our publishing priorities.

For Authors and Author/Illustrators

Authors: Please send your complete manuscript, along with information about the intended audience, age level, biographical information, previous publications, and relevant promotional activities you engage in, such as school visits, speaking events, blogging, etc. E-mail this material to

Author/Illustrators: If you have a picture book dummy that includes text and art, please send it to We prefer to receive dummies via a link rather than a large attached file. If you would like to submit art samples without text for a potential illustration assignment, please e-mail per the instructions below.

Every submission is considered with care. If your work is a match for us, we will contact you within six weeks. Due to submission volume, we do not respond to manuscripts that do not suit our publishing program.

For Illustrators

For consideration of art samples for a potential illustration project, please e-mail a link to your online portfolio, biographical information, and a list of any previous publications to Do not send large attachments; attaching a few small digital files, preferably jpegs, is acceptable. We will contact you if we wish to request more material or have a possible illustration assignment. Picture book dummies with text should be sent to per the instructions above.


We do not review or return any text or art delivered by mail or fax. Any unsolicited material submitted in physical form, including those with return postage, will be recycled.

Thank you for your interest in flyaway books!

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