Opportunity for Native Youth Artists

Literacy development is critical for children, just as it is important that young readers see themselves represented in the books and stories they read. Positively Publishing Kids is a multicultural publisher that works with young people to create books that are representative of a diverse population. They are currently looking for new youth artists to illustrate one of their next books.

Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 are eligible to apply as illustrators. The company’s priority is to provide opportunities to youth who are not typically represented in literature, including Native youth, who appear in less than 1% of children’s literature. Positively Publishing Kids’ first book, released in June 2015, was entirely illustrated by a teenager! Selected artists will receive an illustrator’s contract and royalties for each sold copy of the book they illustrated.

Submissions must include 3-5 illustrations sent via email. Submitted artwork may also be featured on the company’s website and social media pages, with the artist’s permission. For more information, visit the art submissions page and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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