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How it Works

How it Works

PJ Our Way, the next chapter of PJ Library, offers the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes to kids ages 9-12 – books that they choose themselves!
Every month, kids can visit to pick one book from a selection of four high-quality titles. That means PJ Our Way’s Book Selection Committee chooses 48 middle-grade books every year … and you can help us achieve this goal!
Author Incentive

Author Incentive

Great news: PJ Our Way now offers up to $10,000 for new Jewish middle-grade book manuscripts! These awards are truly awards – they are separate from and in addition to any monies received by the author from a publisher.
A submission considered for the partial incentive should include a detailed outline and three complete chapters for a prose manuscript or a detailed outline, partial text, and three illustrated frames for a graphic novel.
A submission considered for the full incentive should include a complete text of 15,000-80,000 words for a prose manuscript or a fully-illustrated graphic novel of 60+ pages.
Type of book Full incentive Partial incentive
Prose manuscript $5,000 $2,000
Graphic novel $10,000 $2,000
Note: PJ Our Way also considers published books for its program, but these are not eligible for the Author Incentive Award.
Submit a Book

Submit a Book

We're always on the lookout for great titles appropriate for kids ages 9-12 to include in our lineup. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the PJ Our Way Book Selection Committee for consideration, check out our website to get an idea of the type of books we offer, and read the PJ Our Way Content Framework to understand our guidelines.

Our committee assesses submissions using the following guidelines:

  • The book should reflect historical Jewish life, contemporary Jewish life, or some valuable aspect of Jewish experience.
  • We look for strong Jewish characters and content, where Jewish identity plays a positive role, but we want the Jewish content to be natural; we don't want to be all message and no story!
  • The content needs to be age appropriate. We avoid content that might make tweens or their parents uncomfortable, which means no alcohol or drugs, no bad language, and any romance needs to be very innocent.
  • We prefer to avoid books about the Holocaust. We do occasionally include a book that touches on aspects of the subject, like Now and Black Radishes. Please do not submit a book with any graphic material or one that is set in the camps or ghettos. We are more likely to consider second generation or refugee stories with a hopeful message.

PJ Our Way accept submissions via Submittable only. Due to the high volume of submissions, we can provide feedback only to those authors whose work will be discussed further. Expected responses may take up to six months. We encourage authors to submit to publishers, agents, and other opportunities while their work is under review. We regret that we are unable to answer queries regarding the status of a submission.