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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 2, 2014 to January 30, 2015.

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 2014-2015

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
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 looks for excellent and dynamic work from new and established writers. We appreciate contemporary lyric and narrative works, but are also interested in experimental work, collaborations and appropriations. Notable current interests include translations and work from Aboriginal writers.

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

managingeditor@arcpoetry.ca

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
Readers at Biblioasis pay particular attention to the quality of the writing, which will always be our first concern. Priority will be given to non-fiction and fiction submissions this year, though we expect to fund a few poetry applications as well.

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
We are looking for work that is not only well written, but that also enters into a conversation with the possibilities of how a particular genre-mode operates in the world. This is not experimentation for experimentation’s sake: we support texts that are critically engaged with contemporary issues in either (or both) micro and macro arenas.

260 Ryding Avenue
Toronto ON  M6N 1H5

BRICK: A LITERARY JOURNAL (magazine)

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 fiction and non-fiction. We are looking for articles that creatively cover topics and issues related to independent arts and culture.

P.O. Box 203

Station P

Toronto ON  M5S 2S7

editor@brokenpencil.com

 

CAROUSEL (magazine)

www.carouselmagazine.ca 

GR
CAROUSEL is searching for new voices in graphic literature. We consider works in a variety of modes – from traditional graphic fiction to experimental comic poetry – and are particularly interested in hybrid explorations that push at boundaries and blur borders.

P.O. Box 141, Station P
Toronto ON  M5S 2S6

mark@carouselmagazine.ca 

CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS

www.chizinepub.com

CH, F, GR
Looking for dark genre fiction ONLY: SF, fantasy, horror, magic realism, retold mythologies/fairy tales; superb literary quality. Young adult (teen) novels in those genres. NO humour, serial killer stories, romance, story collections. Especially want writers from non-white cultures, 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
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

 

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. Descant is interested in intersections of culture and the arts. For more information, please read a back issue, or visit the website.

50 Baldwin Street
3rd floor

Toronto ON  M5T 1L4

416-593-2557

info@descant.ca

 

DIASPORA DIALOGUES

www.diasporadialogues.com

F, GR, NF, P
Diaspora Dialogues accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. We do not accept works for children/young adults. We encourage submissions by culturally diverse and First Nations writers. 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 recommends works of adult, YA, and children’s fiction and nonfiction in the areas of Canadian history, politics, regional issues, biography / autobiography, and Aboriginal and black studies, plus selected titles dealing with Canadian cultural institutions, artists, composers, and musicians.

3 Church Street

Suite 500

Toronto ON  M5E 1M2

ECW PRESS

www.ecwpress.com            

CH (YA only), F, GR, NF, P
ECW aims to publish provocative and timely nonfiction, intelligent and original poetry, as well as a wide range of fiction. Our YA list is aimed at readers from 10-16 or so with strong characters or fresh nonfiction.

2120 Queen Street East

Suite 200

Toronto ON  M4E 1E2

 

ELQ / EXILE: THE LITERARY QUARTERLY (magazine)

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.

144483 Southgate Road 14
Holstein ON  N0G 2A0

GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

www.groundwoodbooks.com

CH
We are looking for literary works (picture books, fiction or nonfiction) for Canadian children. We place no limitations on subject matter, but we are particularly interested in applications that reflect the diverse experiences of Canada’s young people.

801-110 Spadina Avenue
Toronto ON  M5V 2K4

416-363-4343

sbarry@groundwoodbooks.com

           

GUERNICA EDITIONS

www.guernicaeditions.com

F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
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

905-599-5304

michaelmirolla@guernicaeditions.com

HAMILTON ARTS & LETTERS (online magazine)

www.samizdatpress.net

NF, P, REGIONAL
HAL offers the best in writing, fine art, and film artistry to a discerning subscriber base and wider readership. 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

HAL@HALmagazine.com

HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS 

www.houseofanansi.com

F, GR, NF, P
We are looking for high-quality fiction that will appeal to a broad audience; nonfiction works of biography, memoir, current events, health, science, and humour; and poetry of the highest literary merit from a broad range of voices.

110 Spadina Avenue, Suite 801
Toronto ON  M5V 2K4 

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
Insomniac Press is a small trade book publisher which specializes in literary fiction, poetry and the more interesting bits of nonfiction..

520 Princess Avenue

London ON  N6B 2B8

 

 

JAMES LORIMER & CO.

www.lorimer.ca

CH, NF
We are looking for adult non-fiction (including biographies) in the following subject areas: Canadian politics, business, media, cultural/ social justice, and Aboriginal issues.

In juvenile fiction, we are looking for stories that reflect both the cultural and socio-economic diversity of today’s schools and that will appeal to reluctant readers..

317 Adelaide Street West

Suite 1002

Toronto ON  M5V 1P9

416-362-4762

childrenseditor@lorimer.ca

KEGEDONCE PRESS

www.kegedonce.com

ABORIGINAL WRITERS ONLY
CH, F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
We are looking for work by Aboriginal writers that reflect current issues in our communities, authentic indigenous perspectives regarding our histories and ties to nature.

872 16th Street West, RR#7
Owen Sound ON  N4K 6V5

info@kegedonce.com

KIDS CAN PRESS

www.kidscanpress.com

CH, GR, NF
We are interested in picture books featuring strong, original characters and engaging stories; innovative non-fiction with clear connections to Ontario curriculum; and appealing, character-driven fiction, including graphic novels.

25 Dockside Drive
Toronto ON  M5A 0B5

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 nonfiction about Toronto and its neighbourhoods for our City Building Books series.

25 Mansfield Avenue
Toronto ON  M6J 2A9

denis@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 nonfiction, we prefer an emphasis on synthesis of information vs. presentation of facts. We are also interested in innovative and character-driven picture books, informational picture books, graphic novels, and engaging early chapter books.

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.

1171 Eastlawn Avenue
Windsor ON  N8S 3J1

info@palimpsestpress.ca

THE PORCUPINE’S QUILL

www.porcupinesquill.ca

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
Quattro Books seeks short novels and poetry of the highest quality that are inventive and risk-taking. We especially like edgy, contemporary novellas that take advantage of the novella form to deliver powerful narratives. We encourage both new and established writers.

720 Bathurst St.
Toronto ON  M5S 2R4

info@quattrobooks.ca

RED DEER PRESS

www.redderpress.com

CH, F, NF, P, REGIONAL
We are looking for writers whose stories do not shy away from uneasy and gritty topics, in both fiction and nonfiction, covering subjects such as coming-of-age, environment, sustainability and historical influence; writers whose stories are topical and consistently relatable with today’s readers, whether it be for a younger audience or adults.

195 Allstate Parkway
Markham ON  L3R 4T8

905-477-9700

godwit@fitzhenry.ca

SECOND STORY PRESS

www.secondstorypress.ca

CH, F, GR, NF
We publish adult fiction and nonfiction on social and health issues (especially those of concern to women), children’s picture books (no alphabet, animal tales, rhyming or poetry books), and juvenile and teen fiction and nonfiction. We emphasize cultural diversity, social justice issues, and a feminist perspective along with 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

F, GR, NF, REGIONAL
We are looking for work that is diverse and exciting. New takes on subjects, new voices. We are looking for a variety of styles to help contextualize the New Canada. Especially interested in fresh nonfiction on current topics as well as fiction with a twist.

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


info@wolsakandwynn.ca