Tu Books, our focus is on well-told, exciting, adventurous fantasy, science
fiction, and mystery novels starring people of color. We also selectively
publish realism that explores the contemporary and historical experiences of
people of color. We look for fantasy set in worlds inspired by non-Western
folklore or culture, contemporary mysteries and fantasy set all over the world
starring POC, and science fiction that centers the possibilities for people of
color in the future. We welcome intersectional narratives that feature LGBTQIA
and disabled POC as heroes in their own stories.
See below for what we're currently looking for right now.
*If you want to submit a picture book to Lee & Low Books, please see the Lee & Low Books submission guidelines. We do not take picture book submissions on this site.
Agents, thanks so much for using the Submittable system for sending full manuscripts. I hope this will increase our efficiency in getting back to you in a timely manner. Feel free to nudge me at swhitman AT leeandlow.com after a month if I haven't gotten back to you.
Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books.
At Tu Books, our focus is on well-told, exciting, adventurous novels and graphic novels for young readers starring people of color. We look for fantasy set in worlds inspired by non-Western folklore or culture; contemporary realism, mysteries, and fantasy set all over the world; and science fiction that centers the possibilities for people of color in the future. We look for historical fiction that sheds light on little-known time periods, settings, and historical events, and we welcome intersectional narratives that feature LGBT and disabled POC as heroes in their own stories. In everything we publish, we seek a strong literary quality.
We are looking specifically for stories for both middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (ages 12-18) readers. (We are not looking for picture books, chapter books, or short stories at this time.)
We appreciate submissions as Word files (PDFs are sometimes harder to resize on e-readers), but if your submission is a graphic novel proposal, PDFs are best for sample art.