Welcome to Pumpkin Vines Publishing and Illustration

Pumpkin Vines is more than just a publishing house; it's a haven for stories that breathe life into the unique landscapes of New England. As an independent literary press and custom illustration provider, we take pride in curating and crafting books for both children and adults that resonate with the rich tapestry of our region. 

Cowrite a childrens book by Katherine DeSilva

Pumpkin Vines is open for manuscript submissions in fiction and children's books. We are particularly interested in children's literature, fiction mysteries, thrillers, and chapbooks with at least 50 peer-edited poems on a single theme. Unfortunately, we are not accepting submissions in memoir, romance, graphic novel, self-help, or non-fiction.

Please use the Submission form on our website,, indicating your genre, manuscript length, and a compelling one-paragraph summary to hook our review team onto your project. Our team will review your submission form, and if interested, we will reach out to you for additional information within 3-6 weeks. Full manuscripts will not be reviewed unless requested.

Submission Guidelines:

- We publish fiction narrative books exclusively set in New England.
- Children's literature should focus on familial relationships, the environment, conservation, animals, trauma, or behavior.

Include an outline of your book, a copy of your manuscript or sample text, description of the intended audience, and a brief bio. 

Please do not mail your proposal; use our online submission form. We do not review or return unsolicited submissions sent by mail or delivered in person.

Editing & Cover Design

Pumpkin Vines can direct you to independent editing services and provides in-house cover design services.

We can direct you to structural and copy-editing services upon request, helping authors prepare their work for submission is an important part of getting a work ready for market. For self-publishing authors, it's essential to complete structural/copy editing before submission. 

About Us

Pumpkin Vines is an independent literary press based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, specializing in niche stories often overlooked by larger publishing houses. Our books are distributed nationally and internationally, primarily online, with local contacts for authors interested in boutique sales. 

We will assist in publishing chapbook-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction (novellas), and children's books that are 24-75 pages long. We will also assist in publishing 70-110,000 word novels that meet our criteria.

  • 1:1.25 Ratio - 8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
  • 1:1.5 Ratio -  6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
  • Landscape Size Ratio -  8.25" x 6" (20.96 x 15.24 cm)
  • Largest Art Book Ratio -  8.27" x 11.69" (21 x 29.7 cm)
  • Square Art Book Ratio -  8.25" x 8.25" (20.96 x 20.96 cm)
  • Square Childrens Book Ratio -  8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
  • Standard Paperback Ratio -  5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm)

Pumpkin Vines Publishing - an Imprint

Pumpkin Vines is a Limited Liability Company focused on events and consultation. Pumpkin Vines is also a publishing imprint of Katherine DeSilva

Pumpkin Vines Publishing Projects

Pumpkin Vines

Katherine DeSilva is 'Ipswich.Green'
Illustration, Stories, Games, Wearables & Household .

174 High Street
Ipswich Village, Suite 105

Ipswich, MA 01938

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