BookSpring Originals is accepting children’s stories from diverse authors and illustrators. The stories will be available for free, easy to use, and open access platform for educators, parents, caregivers, and children. Our goal is to foster a love for reading and literacy in children of all backgrounds. Over 54,000 visitors have enjoyed our open access digital library. We will release the stories in an ad-free app for iOS and Android. BookSpring is a non-profit organization that builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community. We distribute books and reading materials free of charge to underserved families in Texas.
Submissions of original, unpublished stories and artwork are open. We are looking for authors and artists who will create original, captivating, and culturally authentic content for children ages 0 to 12 years and their families. We are particularly interested in stories that work well for reading aloud together as a family.
Please read the complete guidelines and send your digital submissions via these links:
We encourage full text of previously unpublished submissions in English, Spanish, and other languages to engage young readers across Texas, and beyond.
BookSpring will accept submissions immediately and on an ongoing basis, but will prioritize reviewing manuscript and artwork by the following dates:
- Baby books (approximately birth to age 2) – by Jan 2024
- Picture books (approximately ages 3-5) – by April 2024
- Early readers (approximately ages 6-8) – by May 2024
- Flash Fiction (approximately ages 9-12) – by July 2024
- Artwork or portfolios for all ages – Ongoing
Please allow up to 2-4 months for the BookSpring staff and volunteers to review your submission. Winning submissions will be asked to sign a release and receive an honorarium of $100 per manuscript or set of illustrations upon acceptance.
Call for Reviewers
BookSpring is also looking for volunteers to review story submissions. Learn more about this opportunity and how to sign up through this link: Information for Reviewers.
BookSpring looks forward to seeing your original material! Please share this news with your friends, family, and organizations. We look forward to working with you to develop your stories and artwork and launch a wealth of new multilingual, culturally rich readings out into the world!