A Diverse group of award-winning illustrators & authors creating across many industries.

Submission Guidelines


*Please note: Lori Nowicki and Shadra Strickland are currently closed to submissions*


We regret that, due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to respond to every query. We will reply within four weeks if we are interested in your submission.  Please do not call regarding submissions.  Any packages sent to Painted Words will be returned unopened.



Please send a link to your website or portfolio to submissions [at] painted-words. com. We are currently seeking artists to add to our children’s publishing group, especially those who have an interest in writing.



Please send a query letter including a short summary of your manuscript to submissions [at] painted-words. com. For picture book manuscripts, please paste the text in the body of your email.  For Middle Grade or Young Adult submissions, please paste the first 10 pages in the body of the email. If we are interested in seeing the full manuscript, we will send a request within four weeks.