Acorn Publishing – Global – Trusted – Experienced

Please read our submission guidelines before sending us your manuscript.

Our talented team has placed well over 2,000 titles throughout the world as well as at independent houses throughout the country. Though we have represented clients in virtually all genres, our areas of fiction expertise include young adult, literary, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as inspirational/religious and multicultural fiction. Our agents have also placed narrative nonfiction, health, self-help, financial/business and memoirs titles.

In the continually evolving world of publishing, The Acorn Publishing Agency remains committed to providing cutting-edge services and scouting for fresh, talented, unique voices to bring to the forefront of the entertainment industry. So please read and adhere to our submission guidelines below before submitting your manuscript to us.


Submission Guidelines

Our agents are open to reviewing manuscripts and material from both first-time authors and publishing veterans. Notably, we are extremely selective in the acquisition of unpublished authors. However, our agents have a proven track record in discovering talented writers, and work tirelessly to bring their masterpieces into the public arena in both the United States, United Kingdom, and beyond.

Note that we receive thousands of query letters each year, so it is imperative that you read the guidelines outlined below before submitting your project. Your assistance in adhering to these standards will ensure that the agency can receive, evaluate and respond to your material as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  1. We are a Green agency and, therefore, only accept emailed queries. Paper queries submitted via US Mail or any other means (including Fax, Fed-Ex/UPS and even door-to-door delivery) will not be reviewed nor returned.
  2. All queries should be sent to: Update: We are not accepting manuscripts or query letters at this time. We have made our choices for the 2016 – 2017 year, and will keep prospective clients notified as to the 2018 genre acceptance list. When typing this email address, please use the @ symbol for “at” and a period for “dot.” Your submission should include a one page query letter and the first 25 pages of your manuscript. All text must be contained in the body of your email. Attachments will not be opened nor included in the consideration of your work.

Queries must be addressed to a specific agent.

Please do not query multiple agents. To determine which member of our team would be most appropriate for your project, visit our “about us” page.

  1. We are unable to open any attachments. Attachments in unsolicited queries will not be opened and their inclusion may cause a query to be inadvertently deleted or sent to spam. All queries will be reviewed on an individual basis by our submissions coordinator and relevant agents. Only a small minority of queries will meet the requirements of the openings in our agency’s list.
  2. The response time for queries is two to six weeks from the time of receipt. If you do not hear back after three weeks, it’s possible that our email security filter has blocked your email, so please send us a brief note following up on your initial query. Due to spam, and email filters, query letters and even our responses have been known to go missing. Our email security filter has been known to block Hotmail users specifically. To ensure delivery, we suggest that you do not use Hotmail. If your follow-up email is still unanswered after several days, please send the note again from a different email address. We ask that you understand these unavoidable inconveniences and appreciate your patience.
  3. Review of requested material currently takes six to eight weeks from the time of receipt. Please do not call to check on the status of your manuscript. If you are concerned about its receipt, email is the best way to inquire. If after 4-8 weeks you have not received a response regarding material we have specifically requested, we ask that you send a follow-up email and wait a few days for a response before resubmitting your project via an alternate email address.
  4. Due to the wide range of tastes and preferences that exist among Acorn Publishing’s acquiring agents, we are currently looking for material in a wide spectrum of genres. Please reference the list below for the types of submissions we are NOT currently accepting.
  • Film Treatments
  • Short Story Collections
  • Biographies
  • Screen Plays
  • Poetry Collections
  • Children’s Books (although we are actively seeking young adult and middle grade titles)
  • Non-fiction Historical Treatments
  • Essay Collections
  • Photography
  • Picture Books (although graphic novels will be accepted)
  • We do not accept manuscripts containing sexual content or drug related material of any kind.


Update: Please note that we have made our selections for 2018 and are currently not accepting manuscripts or query letters until 2019. Therefore, we have removed our Manuscript Submission Form from this page until further notice or as new openings become available.

However, if you have been officially and personally selected or contacted by one of our agents, then please send all of your correspondence to the direct email given to you by that specific agent.

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