Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Tu Books,
an imprint of Lee and Low
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
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.)
include a synopsis and first three chapters of the novel. Do not send the
should be doubled-spaced.
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