Submission Guidelines

The Quill Shift Literary Agency represents writers of quality books that provide children and young adults with long-lasting value and entertainment. Please carefully review the guidelines below before submitting.


**Please note: Submissions are currently closed. All previously submitted material will receive a response, but no new material will be considered (unless received through a conference) until submissions reopen in the new year.**


What Quill Shift Looks to Represent
Children’s books are amazing, aren’t they? They can incite imagination and wonder, they can teach lessons while entertaining, and they can transport people to places and let them meet individuals that are long gone, or have never existed except in someone else’s head. It’s quite understandable that so many people want to write children’s literature. Our clients’ work spans from picture books, to middle grade, to young adult fiction.


We read every submission that is submitted through the online form. Every single one. We know that you have worked long and hard on your manuscript and, whether you move on with us or not, we applaud the dedication it took to write your work and the courage it took to submit it for someone else to judge.


What will set you apart from the crowd is middle grade and young adult fiction containing plucky, realistic characters, especially those representing our multicultural society. We do not accept submissions at this time from illustrators or for textbooks, pop-up/novelty books, board books or adult books.


Submission Process
Quill Shift Literary Agency only accepts submissions through the online form below. All other submission methods will be discarded. Complete manuscripts should be attached as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. If you have a web presence, please provide the link(s) to your site(s) in the appropriate box.


Response Time
Due to high submission rates, response time can take up to three months. Authors whose work interests us will be contacted by email within six weeks of their initial submission.


If you feel so inclined, we welcome you to submit to other agents or agencies simultaneously. As a professional courtesy, we ask that you indicate whether or not your submission is being reviewed by multiple agents. If you receive an offer of representation from another agency, please let us know immediately via e-mail at submissions[at]quillshift[dot]com with the subject line “BOOK TITLE: Alternate Offer of Representation.”