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Unsolicited Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Nonfiction and Children's

Gibbs Smith no longer accepts paper submissions through the mail. All unsolicited queries, submissions, and correspondence will be via e-mail. Due to the number of submissions we receive, please note that it is our policy to only respond if we are interested in exploring it. We will not return materials and are not responsible for loss or damage.

Our main emphasis is on interior design, architecture, children's, and cookbooks. Additionally, we accept submissions in the following subjects: arts and crafts, western humor with general appeal, general humor, and gift books.

For the above subjects, we welcome a proposal including: a description of the subject; an analysis of the market and the author's qualifications for writing the book as well as how the author is going to help sell and promote the book, including online presence and outreach; an outline of contents; and sample writing. If photographs or illustrations are a major component, attach a PDF or jpegs showing samples. Maximum size of attachments is 3 MB. We will invite the complete submission only if we are interested.

For nonfiction subjects other than those listed above, send a query letter only. We will invite the submission only if we are interested.

Address all nonfiction queries to Acquisitions Team and submit via email to: debbie.uribe at

We are accepting submissions for children's activity books, board books, and picture books. Submit a detailed outline, a writing sample, and an illustration sample (where appropriate) via email to the address below. We will invite the entire manuscript submission only if we are interested. Activity book manuscripts should contain fewer than 15,000 words. (For middle-grade children's fiction, see our fiction guidelines.)

Address all children's queries to Acquisitions Team and submit via email to: debbie.uribe at

We are NOT accepting poetry submissions at this time.

  • You should receive a confirmation by e-mail that your query has been successfully submitted.
  • We will respond only to submissions in which we are interested. If we would like further materials or information, we will contact you within 12 weeks.
  • If disk or paper submissions are received, they will be recycled, and we will respond only if we are interested.
  • Your name and e-mail address should appear on the title page of each manuscript.
  • We do accept multiple submissions.
  • Our current catalog can be found on our website.


    We are NOT accepting fictions submissions at this time.

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