Open Call for BIPOC/BAME Submissions

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We want to hear your voice!

For the month of March 2021, we are holding an open call for stories from BIPOC/BAME writers and writer-illustrators.

“These are times of change and we want those to be reflected in meaningful and responsible storytelling. We are grateful for the platform that Sunbird Books provides for us to tell stories that spark moments of connection and joy amongst our readers and we welcome new voices to join those conversations with us,” says Sophie Partridge, e-vp and publisher.

“By holding this open call, we hope to add even more authentic voices to our list, telling stories about characters that children can relate to, laugh along with, or learn something new from,” adds Susan Brooke, editorial director. “We’d love to know why your story is meaningful to you, how it’s relevant/impactful to your intended audience, how it’s timely (or timeless) yet different from other published titles, and why you are the ideal person to write it!”

Please send your unpublished story to ideas@sunbirdkidsbooks.com for review by our editorial and design team. If you are a writer-illustrator, please also attach images (3-5 jpegs or 1 PDF under 5MB; no website or portfolio links). If you are an illustrator who is interested in working with us but not a writer, please send sample images per above instructions. Writers and illustrators must be aged 18 or older. All submissions must be in English. Submissions received March 1 through March 31 will be considered and successful contributors will be contacted by June 30.

Open Call for BIPOC/BAME Submissions

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