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September 20th, 2011

A New Market!

In my mail this morning was a very rare bird indeed:  a call for submissions from a publisher, looking for specfic manuscripts with an emphasis on diversity.

I reproduce it in full for your reading pleasure.

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Call for Submissions

Tu Books publishes speculative fiction for children and young adults  
featuring diverse characters and settings. Our focus is on well-told,  
exciting, adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novels  
featuring people of color set in worlds inspired by non-Western  
folklore or culture. We welcome Western settings if the main  
character is a person of color.

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. Please do not send  
submissions in these formats.)

For more information on how to submit, please see our submission  
guidelines at http://www.leeandlow.com/p/tu_submissions.mhtml. We are  
not accepting unagented email submissions at this time.

What we're particularly interested in seeing lately: Asian steampunk,  
any African culture, contemporary African-American stories, Latino/a  
stories, First Nations/Native American/Aboriginal fantasy or science  
fiction written by tribal members, original postapocalyptic worlds,  
historical fantasy or mystery set in a non-Western setting. Please  
note that while our focus remains on main characters that are people  
of color, we strongly welcome GLBTQ characters as well.

We look forward to reading your book!

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I've checked out the Lee & Low Books website, and it looks fab.  Take a look for yourself.  If you've got a manuscript they might be interested in, give it a polish and send it to them.  In any case,  look at the books they've already published, and order them if they look at all interesting.  Because small presses can't be our future unless they sell enough books to justify publishing risky, edgy books.

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