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You’ve worked hard to finish your manuscript. Make sure your professionalism shows by following our submission guidelines. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will not be reviewed. Rebelight only accepts submissions from Canadian citizens and residents. 

What we want:

Fiction manuscripts for the following audiences: Middle Grade (Grades 4-8, ages 10-14); Young Adult (Grades 8-12, ages 14-18)

Well-written stories of any genre with riveting plots; dynamic, growing protagonists; and antagonists we love to hate.

Work from Canadian writers that appeals to a worldwide market.

We welcome both emerging writers and experienced authors. Published authors, if you feel stuck in one genre and want to try something new, send us your manuscript!

What we DON’T want:

•Adult Fiction •Holiday stories •Graphic novels •Poetry •Short stories •Illustrations •Picture books •Non-fiction •Erotica •Previously published work (including self-published material)

Before you submit:

Have your manuscript edited by a third party who has a strong understanding of writing for young people. Your mother does not count, unless her name is J.K. Rowling.

A couple of helpful resources to considerRivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson and  Writing Great Books For Young Adults by Regina L. Brooks.

Submission Guidelines:

Rebelight Publishing Inc. is environmentally friendly and accepts emailed submissions only. Mailed submissions will be shredded without a response—a waste of your time and money (and trees). For security reasons, attachments will not be opened, so please insert your submission into the body of an email and include:

1. A one-page query letter

2. Your author CV

3. A one page synopsis

4. The first three chapters of your manuscript

The email subject line should read: “Submission – Your First Name, Your Last Name, Manuscript Title.”

Do not send more than one manuscript at a time.

Address all emails, “Dear Editor.” (Yes, this goes against most advice given to writers. It’s okay. If your manuscript is accepted, you’ll be introduced to your editor.)

We accept simultaneous submissions, however, as a courtesy, please let us know if your manuscript has been submitted elsewhere.

Should we request a full manuscript, it must be submitted electronically as an 8.5" X 11" Microsoft Word document, double-spaced with indented paragraphs (no extra space between paragraphs), in 12-point Times New Roman font.

Email your submissions to:submit(at)rebelight(dot)com. 

Submissions are usually processed within three months, so please don’t contact us about your manuscript before then. We want to ensure we give each writer's work the consideration it deserves. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot provide editorial comments on manuscripts.