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For the love of reading!

At Larrikin, our focus is on creating quirky, original & humorous kid-focussed books. We publish the type of books that kids want to read, as opposed to books that adults want kids to read. (There’s a big difference.) We don’t focus on literacy and education either, so hang onto those didactic manuscripts. We believe literacy and learning are an organic by-product derived from the love of reading. At Larrikin – ‘Story is Hero!’

With loads of first time Authors and Illustrators already signed to our house of Larrikins, we’re always on the hunt for new and emerging talent.

Check out our submission guidelines below, but before you do, take a quick look at what we’ve been up to here. Our current titles will give you an idea of the kinds of work we love to publish.

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Our assessment service offers Authors the chance to have their manuscript professionally assessed with publisher James Layton.

James will provide valuable feedback and guidance as you wrestle out your story together in the ‘zoom ring’.


Submission Guidelines

Before you submit your manuscript, maybe check out James’ publishing insider interview on the words and nerds podcast, along with his latest interview in Women’s Ink Magazine.

Listen to Podcast

Read James’ Interview

Picture book submissions…

At Larrikin, we’re all about stories with humour and heart. We’re always on the lookout for innovative, quirky & fun stories with a tinge of ‘cheekiness’. (Even a bit wrong)

Our favourite stories contain strong humour with a subtle message that shines through your good storytelling, without being teachy or didactic.

Your story should be pitched at children ages 3 -6, be no more than 500 words and written in prose or rhyme.
Manuscripts should be story only, so we can have a clean first read through so keep all illustration notes etc. in the margins please. And forget page numbers too, we’ll do that later, but feel free to split your stanzas.

Please don’t include illustrations unless you are also the illustrator. (This is risky as often we like one element but not the other).

3 tips from James…

1. Story is hero: The number one mistake authors make is building the story around cool rhyming words. Instead, build a great story first, then make it rhyme later, or just write it in prose.

2. Create great hooks: The stories we love will have a strong hook in the first 2-3 stanzas, followed by regular hooks all the way through drawing the reader to the end.

3. Get the right feedback: You need to ask the right people to give you honest feedback on your story. (as opposed to close friends who will tell you what you want to hear) Asking young kids is the most helpful because they have less filters, and are also your target audience.

What happens next…

  • Due to the number of manuscripts received, we don’t send rejection letters or provide detailed feedback, so if you have not heard back from us within 3 months, please assume we have declined your manuscript. If you would like to fast track your submission and receive thorough feedback, consider our manuscript assessment service.
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