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Writers' Reserve

Writers' Reserve
January 01, 2006 - January 01, 2006
Program for: Individuals

Purpose: To assist professional writers in the creation of new work. This program is administered by third-party recommenders from the literary community.

Eligibility: This program is open to published Ontario-based professional writers working on projects in fiction, poetry, literary criticism, commentary on the arts, graphic novels, history, biography, political or social issues, science or travel. These categories also apply to writing for children, multimedia, CD-ROM or edited electronic media (other than radio or film documentary or drama).

You are a professional writer by the OAC's definition if you have:
  • at least one professionally published book for which you have a publishing contract and receive royalties or
  • at least three separately published essays, short stories, poems or other work for which you have received payment.

If you are an active professional documentary or drama writer for non-print media (radio, stage, screen, theatre, etc.) you must have at least two recent production credits for which you have received payment.

We do not accept student or academic publications or work that you did as part of your employment (unless you are a professional journalist) as part of a professional publishing history. If you are employed full time and receive a grant, you should be prepared to take a full or partial leave of absence so you can devote time to writing.

Third-party recommenders are Ontario-based, Canadian-owned book and literary magazine publishers chosen by the OAC to make recommendations to us for writing grants in this program.

If you wish to receive an application package that includes the program guidelines, application forms and a list of recommenders, please call 416-961-1660 or 1-800-387-0058, or email info@arts.on.ca. Or, you can download the material below. The application form can be filled in on your screen, then printed out. You will have to make copies of the completed, signed application form. For detailed information, please see the Writers' Reserve program guidelines.

Deadline: This program runs from September 3, 2013 to January 31, 2014.

For more information

  • Helen Floros, Program Assistant, 416-969-7440, toll-free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7440, hfloros@arts.on.ca.

Program Guidelines, List of Recommenders, Application Form and FAQs

Final Report

YOU MAY APPLY TO ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDERS:

List of Recommenders 2013-2014

GENRE CODES

CH - Children/Young Adult (fiction and nonfiction)   F - Fiction  
GR - Graphic fiction/nonfiction (the writing only)  
NF - Nonfiction   P - Poetry   REGIONAL - located outside Toronto

ANNICK PRESS LTD.

www.annickpress.com

CH, GR 
We assign priority to writers who demonstrate a high level of literary talent, address issues of substance that resonate with youth and recognize that we live in a pluralistic society. In particular we would like to see fiction and nonfiction for young adults.

15 Patricia Avenue
Toronto
ON
M2M 1H9

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE

www.arcpoetry.ca

P, REGIONAL
Arc Poetry Magazine has a broad interest in poetry. We appreciate contemporary narrative and lyric work, but are also interested in experimental work, translations, collaborations and a wide range of approaches and concerns. It just has to be fresh and interesting.

P.O. Box 81060
RPO World Exchange
Ottawa ON  K1P 1B1


 

BETWEEN THE LINES

www.btlbooks.com

GR, NF
Between the Lines publishes non-fiction books on politics, public policy, social issues, history, critical race issues, environment, gender and sexuality, labour, media and culture and activism. Many BTL authors represent marginalized and minority voices. We notice works that support or reflect these areas.

401 Richmond Street West
Studio 277
Toronto ON
M5V 3A8

 

BIBLIOASIS

www.biblioasis.com

F, NF, P, REGIONAL
Biblioasis will be judging the merits of Writers’ Reserve applications based on the quality of the writing. We will be paying particular attention to quality short fiction, poetry and nonfiction applications.

1520 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor ON
N9A 3L2

dwells@biblioasis.com

 

BLACK MOSS PRESS

blackmosspress.com 

NF, P, REGIONAL
We are looking for strong creative nonfiction writing and poetry that possesses an emphasis upon storytelling and narrative, but with a link to southwestern Ontario culture and literature.

2450 Byng Road

Windsor ON

N8W 3E8

 

BOOK THUG

www.bookthug.ca

F, NF, P
Book Thug supports writing by a diversity of emerging and established artists in the genres of poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a preference for those who speak to an extended conversation on the possibility of what those genres might be.
260 Ryding Avenue
Toronto ON
M6N 1H5

BRICK: A LITERARY JOURNAL

www.brickmag.com

NF
Brick is looking for nonfiction essays of a literary nature, loosely based around the writing life and the arts in general. This may include (but is not confined to) memoir, travel writing or personal essays.

50 Baldwin Street
Suite 304

Toronto ON

M5T 1L4

BRICK BOOKS

www.brickbooks.ca 

P, REGIONAL
Brick Books publishes poetry of high literary quality, emotionally evocative and finely crafted. We value work whose art engages the sense and music of language.

Box 20081

431 Boler Road

London ON

N6K 4G6

brick.books@sympatico.ca

BROKEN PENCIL (magazine)

www.brokenpencil.com

F, GR, NF
Broken Pencil publishes both fiction and non-fiction. We are looking for articles that creatively cover topics relating to independent arts and culture in Canada.

P.O. Box 203

Station P

Toronto ON

M5S 2S7

editor@brokenpencil.com

 

CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS

www.chizinepub.com

CH, F, GR
We are looking for tales of dark genre fiction ONLY: SF, fantasy, horror, magic realism, retold mythologies/fairy tales, of superb literary quality. Also young adult (teen) novels in those genres. NO humour, serial killer stories, romance or story collections. We especially want writers from non-white cultures/ethnicities, GLBT, Aboriginal, female.
67 Alameda Avenue
Toronto ON
M6C 3W4

COACH HOUSE BOOKS

www.chbooks.com

F, NF, P
Coach House Books is interested in innovative or experimental poetry and fiction – work that questions traditional poetics or conventions of narrative, whether in form or content. We will also look at nonfiction or urban or cultural issues.

80 bpNichol Lane

Toronto ON

M5S 3J4

 

CORMORANT BOOKS

www.cormorantbooks.com

CH, F, NF, P
Applications reflecting the diversity of the Canadian experience and which demonstrate an authentic point of view, distinction of voice, and literary use of the language will be given priority.

10 St. Mary Street
Suite 615
Toronto ON
M4Y 1P9

416-925-8887

m.cote@cormorantbooks.com

 

DESCANT (magazine)

www.descant.ca

F, NF, P
Descant publishes original literary writing: short fiction, poetry (traditional and experimental) and essays on many subjects and styles. We are interested in intersections of culture and the arts.

50 Baldwin Street
3rd floor

Toronto ON

M5T 1L4

info@descant.ca

 

DIASPORA DIALOGUES

www.diasporadialogues.com

F, GR, NF, P
Diaspora Dialogues accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. We especially encourage submissions from culturally diverse and First Nations backgrounds. While there is no limitation on theme, we love to read work that explores a strong sense of place.

170 Bloor Street West

Suite 804

Toronto ON

M5S 1T9

info@diasporadialogues.com

DUNDURN PRESS

www.dundurn.com

CH, F, NF
Dundurn is looking for thought-provoking and exciting new work in history, popular culture, social science and current affairs, literary fiction and children’s fiction.

3 Church Street

Suite 500

Toronto ON

M5E 1M2

ECW PRESS

www.ecwpress.com

CH (YA only), F, GR, NF, P
ECW recommends work that is fresh and original. If it’s nonfiction, we want to be startled by the idea and impressed by the writing. If it’s poetry or fiction, we want to read something that we haven’t read before. Something that is curiously compelling.

2120 Queen Street East

Suite 200

Toronto ON

M4E 1E2


 

ELQ MAGAZINE/EXILE QUARTERLY

www.theexilewriters.com

CH, F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
We look for new and emerging talent that is redefining the literary landscape with innovative works, mid-career writers who are shaping their vision by exploring/pushing boundaries and established writers well known for their craft. We are looking for the same qualities in graphic works.

170 Wellington Street West
PO Box 308
Mount Forest ON
N0G 2L0

GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

www.groundwoodbooks.com

CH, GR
Groundwood Books is committed to publishing books written by and for communities who are not represented on mainstream publishing lists, including books about the Aboriginal and immigrant experience in Canada and books that challenge middle-class expectations of children and childhood.
801-110 Spadina Avenue
Toronto ON
M5V 2K4
GUERNICA EDITIONS

www.guernicaeditions.com

F, GR, NF, P
We are looking for high quality literary material that speaks to a less mainstream audience in the hope of giving opportunities to voices that are often marginalized. Fresh, original poetry and fiction; non-fiction that pushes the boundaries of what is usually considered acceptable.
1569 Heritage Way
Oakville ON
L6M 2Z7

514-712-5304

michaelmirolla@guernicaeditions.com

HAMILTON ARTS & LETTERS (online magazine)

www.samizdatpress.net

NF, P, REGIONAL
HA&L reflects the ethos of a place and reaches out to other places. It is our privilege to read what you have crafted. Writing that acknowledges the canon of world literature resonates with us, as does work that catapults us forward.
92 Stanley Avenue
Hamilton ON
L8P 2L3
INANNA PUBLICATIONS

www.inanna.ca

F
We are looking for fresh, new, and diverse feminist voices that provoke discussion, advance feminist thought and speak to the diverse lives of women.
210 Founders College
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto ON  M3J 1P3

luciana@inanna.ca

INSOMNIAC PRESS

www.insomniacpress.com

F, NF, P, REGIONAL
We are looking for books by and for African-Canadians, gay and lesbian mysteries and creative non-fiction that is of interest to these communities.

520 Princess Avenue

London ON

N6B 2B8

 

JAMES LORIMER & CO.

www.lorimer.ca

CH, NF
We are looking for non-fiction in the following subject areas: Canadian politics; business; media; cultural, social justice and aboriginal issues, as well as juvenile fiction that reflects both the cultural diversity of today’s schools and appeals to reluctant readers.

317 Adelaide Street West

Suite 1002

Toronto ON

M5V 1P9

 

KEGEDONCE PRESS

www.kegedonce.com

ABORIGINAL WRITERS ONLY
CH, F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
We will recommend work that projects a respectful reflection of our Aboriginal communities, work that represents the strength, diversity and creativity of our Peoples.

RR 5
Wiarton, Cape Croker First Nation
Owen Sound ON
N0H 2T0



info@kegedonce.com

KIDS CAN PRESS

www.kidscanpress.com

CH, GR, NF
We are interested in non-didactic picture books featuring strong, original characters; innovative non-fiction with clear connections to Ontario curriculum that make complex issues accessible for young readers; and appealing, character-driven early chapter books (ages 7-10) and graphic novels (ages 7-10 / 8-12).

25 Dockside Drive
Toronto ON 
M5A 0B5


info@kidscan.com

MANSFIELD PRESS 

www.mansfieldpress.net

F, NF, P
We seek adventurous poetry and literary fiction that is accomplished and accessible; work that breaks new ground and challenges the reader while offering pleasure. We also seek creative non-fiction about Toronto and its neighbourhoods for our City Building Books series.

25 Mansfield Avenue
Toronto ON

M6J 2A9

info@mansfieldpress.net

THE NEW QUARTERLY (magazine)

www.tnq.ca

F, P, REGIONAL
We respond favourably to work in a variety of styles, with a preference for literary fiction over genre fiction. In our own publishing program, we are looking for freshness of voice, style, subject matter, poetic or narrative structure.

290 Westmount Road North

Waterloo ON

N2L 3G3

OWLKIDS BOOKS

www.owlkids.com

CH, GR
We are looking for proposals that support an active approach to learning. For school-age readers, non-fiction with an emphasis on synthesis of information versus presentation of facts is preferred. Also, we’re interested in creative non-fiction for pre-schoolers, innovative fiction series and engaging picture books and graphic novels.

10 Lower Spadina Avenue

Suite 400

Toronto ON

M5V 2Z2

PALIMPSEST PRESS

www.palimpsestpress.ca

NF, P, REGIONAL
It is our belief that small presses build literary communities and create audiences. Palimpsest is committed to discovering new talent and supporting established writers. We are looking for poetry that is well-crafted and uses precise language and an authentic voice, and literary non-fiction that is relevant and thought-provoking.
5 King Street
Kingsville ON
N9Y 1H9

info@palimpsestpress.ca

THE PORCUPINE’S QUILL

www.porcupinesquill.ca

CH, F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
The Porcupine’s Quill is primarily interested in adult fiction – novels or short stories – secondarily in poetry. From time to time we also publish smallish artbooks, typically featuring the work of engravers or etchers. Of late we have also expanded the list to include memoirs.

68 Main Street

Box 160
Erin
ON

N0B 1T0

QUATTRO BOOKS

www.quattrobooks.ca

F, P
We are looking for novellas and poetry that take literary risks. We especially like edgy, contemporary literary novellas that take advantage of the classic novella form to deliver a powerful narrative. We encourage new and established authors to submit.
89 Pinewood Avenue
Toronto ON
M6C 2V2

info@quattrobooks.ca
SCRIVENER PRESS

www.scrivenerpress.com

CH, F, NF, P, REGIONAL
Established and emerging authors we recommend will be largely (though not necessarily exclusively) from Northern Ontario. We are interested in poetry, short stories, novels, memoirs, creative non-fiction, travel writing and local history that Northern Ontario readers will recognize as having a regional appeal, broadly defined.
465 Loach’s Road
Sudbury ON
P3E 2R2

SECOND STORY PRESS

www.secondstorypress.ca

CH, F, GR, NF
We are looking for quality adult fiction and non-fiction on social and health issues (especially those of concern to women), children’s picture books (no alphabet books, animal tales, rhyming picture books or poetry) and juvenile and teen novels and non-fiction. We emphasize cultural diversity, a feminist perspective and excellence in writing.

20 Maud Street

Suite 401

Toronto ON

M5V 2M5

TADDLE CREEK (magazine)

www.taddlecreekmag.com

F, GR, NF, P
Taddle creek is looking for modern, relatable urban fiction and poetry – work that tells a story, usually with a strong narrative.

P.O. Box 611

Station P

Toronto ON
M5S 2Y4

TIGHTROPE BOOKS

www.tightropebooks.com

CH, F, GR, NF, REGIONAL
We are looking for projects that break boundaries, have quirky and current appeal and feature strong storylines and unusual characters. We are particularly interested in work by outsider or minority communities, including LGBT and first-and second-generation immigrants.

167 Browning Trail
Barrie ON
L4N 5E7

TSAR

www.tsarbooks.com

F, NF, P
We will consider works that reflect the growing diversity of Canadian culture; we will consider younger writers who demonstrate originality in form and content.
39 Woburn Avenue (B)
Toronto ON
M5M 1K5

WOLSAK AND WYNN

www.wolsakandwynn.ca

CH, F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
We are interested in works that have a strong voice, are well-crafted and are written with passion. The content and style of the writing are the author’s choice.

280 James Street North
Hamilton ON
L8R 2L3

WORN FASHION JOURNAL

www.wornjournal.com

NF
We are interested in non-fiction and essay writing about fashion from a thoughtful perspective – clothing and style history, culture, art, analysis, politics, practicalities and personal stories. We are especially looking for diverse voices and subjects.

50 Baldwin Street
Suite 308
Toronto ON
M5T 1L4