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Call for Proposals



Calling All Science Writers!

Do you have a story that will ignite a love of science in young minds?

Ready to Submit


NSTA Kids™ is searching for engaging children's book proposals that explore the wonders of the natural world by way of science phenomena

We are especially interested in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latino and other People of Color) and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning) voices and other perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented in publishing. We want all young people to see themselves as scientists and our goal is to create lifelong readers and learners.

What We’re Looking for (not an exhaustive list):

Manuscripts for early childhood and elementary age children that:

  • Spark curiosity, imagination, and learning in a fun and accessible way.
  • Feature a multicultural cast of characters, showcasing diverse ethnicities, abilities, identities, and points of view.
  • Deal with contemporary topics or are somehow pertinent to our times.
  • Display outside-the-box thinking and storytelling.
Examples of Science Phenomena We Love:
  • The wonders of weather through the lens of different cultures' weather lore and scientific discoveries.
  • The mysteries of the animal kingdom, featuring scientists from various backgrounds who have made significant contributions to animal studies.
  • The power of plants exploring traditional ecological knowledge and the work of indigenous scientists.
  • The wonders of the human body, celebrating the diverse team of doctors and researchers who have advanced our understanding.
  • The magic of space, highlighting the work of astronomers from around the globe who are pushing the boundaries of space exploration.

To find out if your book is a good match for us, get to know our program by downloading our catalog or visiting

Ready to Submit?

NSTA now operates on a rolling six-month period for submissions. We are open to submissions of unsolicited manuscripts from July to December of each year. Our submissions are closed from January to June. Any submissions received during these months should be resubmitted to NSTA Press for consideration during the next submission period.


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What to Send

  • NSTA Book Proposal form.
  • Submit your manuscript as an attachment (Word or PDF). Please don’t paste your story into the body of an email.
  • Submit only one manuscript at a time.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced.
  • Illustrations are not necessary.
  • Include your name, address, and contact information on your manuscript and in your email.
  • You're welcome to share any information about yourself that could help our editors understand how your experiences and perspective connect to your work.

What Not to Send

  • We accept only digital submissions for all manuscripts. Please do not mail a submission to us.
  • Please note that we do not accept text or art generated by artificial intelligence.

We can't wait to discover the next generation of science superstars through your stories!

Email your proposal to Given the volume of proposals we receive, we cannot ensure that we will be able to personally respond to each submission unless we are interested in pursuing the project.


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