Manuscript Submissions

Welcome to Ruqaya’s Bookshelf, a growing publishing company based in Canada. Our aim is to enrich your kids’ libraries by publishing children’s books with diverse Muslim protagonists.

If you are interested in submitting your manuscript to us, please keep the following in mind:

  • Our focus is advanced picture books (800-1000 words), and chapter books (7,000-10,000 words).
  • We publish stories with Muslim protagonists, and we welcome characters from diverse backgrounds.
  • We aim to publish stories that are interesting to both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences.
  • We are interested in really good, genuine stories about Muslim kids doing cool things. This means we won’t be accepting any stories with anthropomorphized animal characters.
  • We love to incorporate Islamic themes while simultaneously avoiding overly-didactic works with too many Arabic/Islamic terms.

To submit a story, please email the following items to [email protected]

  • A short introduction including your name, educational/work background, and where you live.
  • If applicable, a list of any of your previously published materials.
  • A brief summary of your story and what you are trying to achieve through it.
  • The full manuscript of your story in a word document.*

*Please do not send illustrations or storyboards.

We will attempt to review every manuscript sent to us. If you do not hear back from us within 6-8 weeks of your email, please assume we will not be pursuing your submission. Manuscripts that do not follow the above guidelines will not be reviewed.

Thanks, and happy writing!

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