Scribble is a vibrant, eclectic list of illustrated books for children by brilliant writers and artists from around the world. Based in Melbourne, Australia.
Miriam has been working in publishing more than a decade, in both Melbourne and London. In 2011 she took up the role of Art Director at Scribe and in 2016 she launched Scribe’s first picture-book imprint, Scribble.
Her favourite book as a child was The Quangle Wangle’s Hat by Edward Lear, featuring Helen Oxenbury’s illustration. And her favourite colour is the sky just before it gets dark. She is also mother to two daughters who are, of course, Scribble’s harshest critics.
Tess is always trying to think like a kid so that she can do her job well. She takes social literacy seriously and wants to ensure that kids are able to see themselves and each other in the books they read. Her first-ever job title was Fairy Queen: she hosted birthday parties at a fairy shop in Fremantle. She thinks working at Scribble is a natural continuation from that magical beginning.
When she was little, some of her favourite books included A Witch Got on at Paddington Station written by Dyan Sheldon and illustrated by Wendy Smith, The Seashell Song by Susie Jenkin-Pearce with lush illustrations from Claire Fletcher, and My Place by Nadia Wheatley, illustrated by Donna Rawlins. As a teen without many queer YA fiction options available to her, she loved Armisted Maupin’s Tales of the City series.
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Do you publish ebooks?
We love making real books—books that you can hold and smell, books that you can keep forever, and books that become part of a family’s memories. At the moment Scribble is focused on producing the best physical books we can make and we’re not currently publishing our titles digitally.
How can I request a review copy?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all review copy requests.
Who distributes your books?
Scribble’s books are sold and distributed by the following organisations. Shops wishing to place orders should deal directly with the relevant distributor:
Australia (book trade)
Penguin Books/United Book Distributors
T: Toll-free 1800 33 1015
F: (03) 9811 2405
www.penguin.com.auUnited Kingdom (all sales)
Independent Alliance—Faber & FaberBloomsbury House
74-77 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DA
T: 020 7927 3810
Can I send you my manuscript?
Scribble is open for submissions for the months of June and July this year! We are accepting picture book, early-childhood concept, junior fiction, and junior and middle-grade graphic novel submissions. They may be fiction or nonfiction. We are especially interested in:
• Stories created with intense and genuine passion and curiosity
• New and empowering modes of thinking: texts that give readers a new set of tools to make sense of the world or a new lens with which to envision it
• #ownvoices narratives
Please email a pitch and bio, and a manuscript if you have one (if you don’t have one yet, that’s okay!). If we’re interested in working with you, you’ll hear from us by the end of 2021. We’re sorry that we can’t respond to every pitch we receive.
Please follow the below structure for your submissions:
Author name/ Story’s working title/ category (picture book, early childhood, junior fiction, or graphic novel)
Please include in the body of your email:
•Pitch (up to 150 words): A pitch should read a bit like a blurb, but give us more information about the plot, so that we have a really clear idea of what your book’s about
•Author bio (up to 150 words)
•Attachments: You may include a full manuscript or an extract. Please send these as Word docs, or as PDFs. Please use a common, easy-to-read font. Please name your files in this way: Author Name_Abbreviated Title.doc/pdf
A note on multiple submissions:
We would prefer one carefully chosen submission per author, rather than multiple submissions. If, however, you want to submit multiple pitches, please send all of them in the body of one email and write ‘Multiple’ instead of a story title in your email subject.
Can I send you my illustration samples?
We are happy to accept artwork samples from illustrators year-round. Please provide your CV and 6-10 digital samples of your artwork in JPEG or PDF form (5MB size limit) to: email@example.com
We cannot consider portfolios that are sent via transferlink or website links.