*Submission guidelines have changed, please review this page carefully.*

Please read children’s picture books. We are looking for something unique, that hasn’t been done before; an interesting story that captures a moment with a timeless feel.

We are looking for picture driven stories for children ages 2-6. Please do not send early readers, middle grade, or YA manuscripts. No religious or holiday themed stories. Please do not submit your story with page breaks or illustration notes. Do not submit a story with doodles or personal photographs.

Do not send your “idea” for a story, send your story in manuscript form.

We are not looking for: 

Lullaby stories or stories about how much I love you. Or my younger brother annoys me. Or there’s a new baby in the house. Or there’s a monster under my bed. Or I want to turn my sister into a monster. Or you’re the star in my heaven.

We want something fresh and original.

If you're interested in gaining insight to our submission process you can read two essays called "You Can Judge A Book By Its Title" and "The Picture Book Idea Syndrome" written by Ripple Grove Press President and Founder, Rob Broder, here.

Submission Guidelines

Submit your story with a cover letter including a summary of your story, a brief biography of yourself, and contact information. 

Authors do not need to submit illustrations.


When submitting artwork DO NOT send original art. Send samples with a brief biography and contact information.

Illustrators with a story, please submit your story with a PDF of your illustrations.

Given the volume of submissions we receive we are no longer able to individually respond to each. Please allow 5 months for us to review your submission. If we are interested in your story, you can expect to hear from us within that time. If you do not hear from us after that time, we are not interested in publishing your story. It’s not you, it’s us! We receive thousands of submissions and only publish a few books each year. Don’t give up!


We prefer submissions as a PDF attachment to submit@ripplegrovepress.com

Please include in the subject line “Submissions” and the title of your story.


We also accept submissions by mail to:

Ripple Grove Press                                                                                                                                       Attn: Submissions                                                                                                                                           PO Box 86740                                                                                                                                         Portland, OR 97286

*Going forward, materials dated after October 1, 2015 will not be returned. Please do not include a self addressed, stamped envelope.