Submissions Guidelines

Common Deer Press publishes uncommon and exceptionally well-written literature for children and teens. We publish approximately eight books per year, most of which are novels for children or teens. We have a roster of talented authors and are committed to supporting both new and established writers. Submissions are currently closed.

Middle Grade Fiction

Common Deer seeks children’s literature that engages, entertains, educates, and inspires. Our middle-grade readers are smart and seek stories that speak to them through memorable characters, a sense of adventure or hijinks, and a touch of humour.

Young Adult Fiction

Common Deer Press publishes young adult titles with memorable characters and a strong narrative voice. We aim to recognize and represent the varied ways to come of age and therefore do not shy away from challenging topics.


Picture Books


Our picture books partner engaging text with exceptional artwork to create read-aloud-friendly stories that stand up to multiple readings.


General Guidelines


To submit middle-grade or young adult fiction to Common Deer Press, send a query letter to Your query letter should include the following within the body of your email (no attachments please):

  1. A synopsis of your work (no more than two pages, please)

  2. The first ten pages of your manuscript

  3. Your previous publishing experience


To submit a picture book, send a query letter to Your query letter should include the following within the body of your email (no attachments please):

  1. A synopsis of your work

  2. Your completed text manuscript

  3. Your previous publishing experience

  4. A sample of your artwork or link to your online portfolio*

*if you are an author/illustrator planning to illustrate your own book.


If you are an illustrator and would like to be considered for upcoming picture books or illustrated novels, please introduce yourself by emailing us. Include the following in the body of your email (no attachments please):

  1. Information about your and your artistic background

  2. Your publishing experience

  3. A sample of your work or link to your online portfolio


Common Deer Press is committed to publishing diverse perspectives and experiences. We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups. If you identify as one or more of the above and would like to let us know, you are welcome to mention it in your query letter.


  • Browse our catalog and website to evaluate whether your work would be a good fit

  • For novels, query only completed manuscripts

  • Be patient. We do our best to respond to submissions quickly, but we are a small team and we want to give everyone fair consideration. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission and we aim to respond within four months.



  • Submit non-fiction or fiction for adults. We are not currently accepting submissions in these areas.

  • Send attachments. All information should be provided within the body of your email. We will contact you to ask for your full manuscript if your query letter intrigues us.

For full sales and title information, please download our catalogue.

Common Deer Press. Uncommon Books for All Ages.  © 2021 

Toronto, Ontario

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