Holiday House / FAQ’s
How do I submit a manuscript to Holiday House?


Holiday House is a publisher of children’s books only. We specialize in quality hardcovers, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.

We publish children’s books for ages four and up. We do not publish mass-market books, including, but not limited to, pop-ups, activity books, sticker books, coloring books, or licensed books.

Due to the volume of manuscripts we are receiving, Holiday House will no longer be able to respond to or return materials that we are not interested in publishing. We do, however, make every effort to carefully consider each submission we receive. If we are interested in your manuscript, we will respond within four months of receiving it.

Please send the entire manuscript, whether submitting a picture book or novel. All submissions should be directed to the Editorial Department, Holiday House, 425 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017. Send your manuscript via U.S. Mail. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL. There is no need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We do not consider submissions by e-mail or fax.

Please note that you do not have to supply illustrations. However, if you have illustrations you would like to include with your submission, you may send detailed sketches or photocopies of the original art. Do NOT send original art.

By agreeing to review a submission, we do not assume any obligation to refrain from publishing a book based on a similar idea, concept, or story.

Thank you for your interest in Holiday House.

Is Holiday House a member of the Children's Book Council?

Yes, Holiday House is a member of the CBC. For more information, visit the CBC.

How do I submit artwork?


Never send original artwork. If you wish to submit, please send Xeroxes of full-color samples and of black-and-white line work. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL. No submissions will be returned.

We do not comment individually on artwork submissions. If we wish to schedule a portfolio review based on your submitted work, we will contact you. We do not have a drop-off policy, and we do not schedule portfolio reviews without first receiving samples.

We specifically look for:
1. Work that is highly original and geared to the trade market.
2. Humor, multicultural work, historical work, fantasy and folklore, jacket art.
3. Illustrators who are professional and competent and have a strong understanding of the process involved in illustrating a children’s book.

We do not publish work geared to the mass market.

You may submit your samples to: Director of Art and Design, Holiday House, 425 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10017.

We look forward to seeing your work!
Thank you for thinking of Holiday House.

Do Holiday House books contain Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data?

All books published by Holiday House contain CIP data.

How do I contact Holiday House?

Please write or email us at:

Holiday House
425 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212-421-6134


Note: Holiday House prices and availability are subject to change.


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