Submissions

Native Realities is dedicated to publishing work for a new generation of Native and Indigenous readers.  As such, we are always seeking dynamic and engaging stories that highlight the Native or Indigenous experience.  We are looking for manuscripts in the following categories

  • Picture Books (3 - 6)
  • Chapter Books (6 - 9)
  • Middle Grades (9 - 12)
  • Young Adult (12 - 18)
  • Comic Books & Graphic Novels  

Any genre is welcome, though for the younger ages, we are looking for works that are not retellings of traditional stories or historical events.  

We wish to see fresh, engaging content that features Native or Indigenous people as main characters. as our primary goal is to produce and distribute work that is empowering for Native and Indigenous young people.  We seek stories that are vibrant and do not conform to the same stereotypes of Native and Indigenous people as being historical objects.  We would love to see modern stories of determination and achievement, while still understanding the role of culture, history, and community.  Authors need not necessarily have a Native or Indigenous background but should be connected, in some way, to a Native or Indigenous community.  For comics or graphic novels, a member of the team should identify as Native or Indigenous.  We encourage collaborations and appreciate multiple authors.

We accept submissions year-round, though our editorial calendar dictates when manuscripts will be reviewed and selected.

Send submissions to: nativerealities@outlook.com with the Subject: NR Submissions (please add the type of submission to the subject line as well, ex. NR Submissions Middle Grade).

Manuscript Submissions:

Please send a cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters of the manuscript.  Do NOT send the complete manuscript.

Manuscripts should be 12pt typed, double-spaced.

Cover letter should include a brief biography of the author (with publishing history).  Letter should also state if the manuscript is a simultaneous or exclusive submission.

Please include all contact information in the cover letter.  Page numbers and your name should also appear on all pages of the manuscript.

For Comic Books & Graphic Novels:

Send cover letter, synopsis, and ten pages of the work that best demonstrate the art and story.

Cover letter should include brief biography of creator (and creative team, if applicable) including publishing history.  Letter should also state if the manuscript is a simultaneous or exclusive submission.

Please include all contact information in the cover letter.

Review time is typically 2 - 4 months, so please be patient and thanks for your interest in Native Realities.