Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books.

NOTE: This is not the New Visions Award submissions category. If you are a debut writer of color and are interested in entering our annual writing contest for a new writer of color writing middle grade or young adult books (including graphic novels), please see our submission guidelines for the contest. When the contest is live (June 1-October 31), you will see a link on our general Tu Books Submittable page titled New Visions Award.

For agented submissions, we have a separate category here.

For graphic novels, please see that category here.

For all other manuscripts, welcome!

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. Occasionally a manuscript might fall between those two categories; if your manuscript does, let us know. (We are not looking for picture books, chapter books, or short stories at this time. Please do not send submissions in these categories.)

Manuscript Submissions:

  • Please include a synopsis and first three chapters of the novel. Do not send the complete manuscript.
  • Manuscripts should be doubled-spaced.
  • Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a brief biography of the author, including publishing history. The letter should also state if the manuscript is a simultaneous or an exclusive submission.
  • We're looking for middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (ages 12 and up) books. We are not looking for chapter books (ages 6 to 9) at this time.
  • Be sure to include full contact information on the first page of the manuscript. Page numbers and your last name/title of the book should appear on subsequent pages.