Scholastic publishes recreational reading for children and young people, ages 0–14. Our
publishing focus is on books by Canadians or of Canadian interest that engage children by
reflecting their own contemporary experiences, affirm positive portrayals of people with
differing experiences, and celebrate Canada’s diverse communities.
Our recent trade catalogues are available online at www.scholastic.ca/booksellers/catalogues.php.
Submission guidelines for Writers and Illustrators are listed separately below. Please read the appropriate section and follow the guidelines.
We are only accepting manuscripts via literary agents, with the following exception:
Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing unpublished material by writers from
underrepresented communities, including Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour,
writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers and writers who identify with other marginalized
groups. Please note that due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we are only able to
respond to those we are interested in pursuing. Material can be emailed directly to email@example.com. We are unable to accept submissions by regular mail at this time.
- For picture books, submit full manuscript. No illustrations necessary.
- For junior, middle-grade and YA fiction, submit an outline and three consecutive sample chapters.
- For non-fiction, submit outline and writing sample.
- Do not submit original illustrations or other materials.
- Please allow up to three months for a response. If you have not heard from us within that
time frame, you can assume we are not able to move forward with your project.
No other unsolicited, unagented submissions are being accepted at this time. If you are
looking for a literary agent to represent you, the Professional Association of Canadian Literary
Agents is a good place to start. We also suggest checking out the Canadian Children’s Book
Centre’s “Writing for Children Kit” or their list of Canadian children’s publishers currently
accepting unsolicited work. This list (also included in the Kit) is updated regularly and includes
all the information you need to direct your work to the publisher that is the best fit for your
Thank you for thinking of us. We wish you the best of luck with your work.
Professional illustrators, especially those from underrepresented communities, who are interested
in working with Scholastic are invited to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to
Andrea Casault, Art Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not submit original materials by mail. Scholastic Canada is not responsible for lost material. Illustrators of interest will be contacted should a suitable project arise.
Published Book Submissions
If you would like to submit your published book to Reading Club for possible inclusion, please
send a cover letter and pdf of the complete book to email@example.com. Please include
“Published Book Submissions” in the subject line. Reviews will be completed within 60 days
and responses will be sent only to those whose books are of interest. We are unable to accept
published book submissions by regular mail at this time.