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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 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

For more information

  • Helen Floros, Program Administrator, 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 2016-2017

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
Priority is given 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 works of fiction and non-fiction.

15 Patricia Avenue
Toronto ON  M2M 1H9

ARC POETRY MAGAZINE

www.arcpoetry.ca

P, REGIONAL
Arc’s interests are, as always, wide-ranging. But we will pay particular attention to collaborative projects and work from Indigenous poets.

P.O. Box 81060
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
416-535-9914

info@btlboooks.com

BIBLIOASIS

www.biblioasis.com

F, G, NF, P, REGIONAL
We will be judging submitted work by the quality of the writing, though we will be paying particular attention to short fiction, non-fiction and regional history submissions during this application period.

1520 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor ON  N9A 3L2

dwells@biblioasis.com

 

BLACK MOSS PRESS

blackmosspress.com 

NF, P, REGIONAL
We are looking for innovative poetry and creative non-fiction projects, but especially for works about SW Ontario that deal with the historical story of this region. Keenly interested in Indigenous literature.

2450 Byng Road
Windsor ON  N8W 3E8
519-903-2966

al@blackmosspress.com

BOOK THUG

www.bookthug.ca

F, NF, P
BookThug publishes contemporary poetry, literary fiction and non-fiction. We like work that: explores how writing operates in our complex world; is engaged with contemporary issues; does both. We want to learn what writers who identify with marginalized groups are producing.

260 Ryding Avenue
Toronto ON  M6N 1H5

416-994-5804

jay@bookthug.ca

BRICK: A LITERARY JOURNAL (magazine)

www.brickmag.com

NF
Brick is looking for literary non-fiction essays or book-length projects.

50 Baldwin Street
Suite 304

Toronto ON  M5T 1L4
416-593-9684

info@brickmag.com

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.

Attn: John Dolan, Editor

Box 20081

431 Boler Road

London ON  N6K 4G6

BROKEN PENCIL (magazine)

www.brokenpencil.com

F, NF
Broken Pencil is looking for nonfiction features up to 2,000 words on issues relevant to DIY culture and independent arts. We also accept original unpublished fiction.

P.O. Box 203

Station P

Toronto ON  M5S 2S7
416-204-1700

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

 

CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS

http://chizinepub.com

CH, F, GR, REGIONAL
Seeking genre fiction NOVELS: SF, fantasy, horror, magic realism, retold mythologies/fairy tales; superb literary quality. Also mysteries/thrillers, YA novels in those genres. NO middle-grade, nonfiction, humour, serial killer stories, romance. Especially want non-white cultures, QUILTBAG, Indigenous, female.

1410 Hetherington Drive
Peterborough ON  K9L 1Z5
705-874-2643

sandra@chizinepub.com

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 on urban or cultural issues.

80 bpNichol Lane

Toronto ON  M5S 3J4

mail@chbooks.com

 

 

CORMORANT BOOKS

www.cormorantbooks.com

CH, F, NF
Cormorant Books is interested in authenticity, originality, importance of story, and control of language. Special attention is given to emerging writers and writers whose stories are necessary contributions to the building of a national literature.

10 St. Mary Street
Suite 615
Toronto ON  M4Y 1P9
416-925-8887 ext. 200

m.cote@comorantbooks.com

 

DIASPORA DIALOGUES (organization)

www.diasporadialogues.com

F, 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 writers of colour and Indigenous writers. We love to read work that explores a strong sense of ‘place’ and identity.

170 Bloor Street WestSuite 804Toronto ON  M5S 1T9
416-944-1101 ext. 360

zalika@diasporadialogues.com

DUNDURN PRESS

www.dundurn.com

CH, F, NF
Dundurn Press publishes adult nonfiction in the areas of Canadian history, politics, regional issues, biography, Indigenous and black history, as well as select titles dealing with Canadian cultural institutions and artists. We also publish adult literary fiction and mysteries, as well as children’s and YA fiction.

3 Church Street

Suite 500

Toronto ON  M5E 1M2

ECW PRESS

www.ecwpress.com


CH (over 10 years of age only), F, GR, NF, P

We love to see fresh, original writing, and in on-fiction, subject matter that takes a distinctive approach.

665 Gerrard Street East
Toronto ON  M4M 1Y2

jack@ecwpress.com


 

ELQ / EXILE: THE LITERARY QUARTERLY (magazine)

www.theexilewriters.com

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; established writers well known for their craft. The same for graphic works.

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

The.exile.writers@gmail.com

 

GUERNICA EDITIONS

www.guernicaeditions.com

F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
Guernica has a long-standing history of publishing ethnic and minority voices, both in English and in translation. As well, we publish many emerging writers who have been marginalized. Thus, these would be our priorities for recommendations.

1569 Heritage Way
Oakville ON  L6M 2Z7
905-599-5304

michaelmirolla@guernicaeditions.com

HAMILTON ARTS & LETTERS (online magazine)

www.HALmagazine.com

NF, P, REGIONAL
HAL magazine reflects the ethos of a place and reaches out to other places. We value inclusion, diversity, creativity, opportunity, and engagement. We are interested in works that are “simultaneously personal, political, economic, dramatic, everyday and historic.”

92 Stanley Avenue
Hamilton ON  L8P 2L3

HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS 

www.houseofanansi.com

F, GR, NF, P
We are looking for high-quality fiction, graphic fiction, nonfiction works of memoir, current events, science, and humour, and poetry of the highest literary merit, all from a broad range of voices.

128 Sterling Road, Lower Level
Toronto ON  M6R 2B7

 

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
416-504-6270

mike@insomniacpress.com

 

 

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 Indigenous issues.

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

304-117 Peter Street
Toronto ON  M5V 0M3
416-362-4762

editor@lorimer.ca

KEGEDONCE PRESS

www.kegedonce.com

INDIGENOUS WRITERS ONLY
CH, F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
Kegedonce Press is seeking quality manuscripts by Indigenous authors. In order of preference would be: Fiction, Children/Fantasy, Nonfiction and Poetry.

P. O. Box 517
Owen Sound ON  N4K 6R1


info@kegedonce.com

KIDS CAN PRESS

www.kidscanpress.com

CH, GR
We look to support engaging contemporary fiction (picture books, early chapter books, graphic novels, middle grade, YA) featuring original and diverse characters, voices and stories; and innovative non-fiction with strong curriculum connections and a unique approach (content + context”).

25 Dockside Drive
4th Floor
Toronto ON  M5A 0B5

MANSFIELD PRESS 

www.mansfieldpress.net

F, NF, P
Our goal is to help fund the highest quality of work in our preferred genres, with a particular interest in supporting emerging writers.

25 Mansfield Avenue
Toronto ON  M6J 2A9

denis@mansfieldpress.net

MAWENZI HOUSE PUBLISHERS

www.mawenzihouse.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

THE NEW QUARTERLY (magazine)

www.tnq.ca

F, P, REGIONAL
Our interests are in literary fiction and poetry from emerging and established writers. We are looking for freshness of voice, style, subject matter, poetic or narrative structure.

290 Westmount Road North
Waterloo ON  N2L 3G3
416-884-8111 ext. 28290

pmulloy@tnq.ca

OWLKIDS BOOKS

www.owlkids.com

CH, GR
We are looking for proposals that support an active approach to learning. For non-fiction, 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 and middle-grade fiction.

10 Lower Spadina Avenue

Suite 400
Toronto ON  M5V 2Z2
416-340-2700

debbie.rogosin@owlkids.com

PALIMPSEST PRESS

www.palimpsestpress.ca

F, NF, P, REGIONAL
We prioritize poetry, literary non-fiction dealing with literary criticism and poetry, and literary fiction.

1171 Eastlawn Avenue
Windsor ON  N8S 3J1

aimee@palimpsestpress.ca

THE PORCUPINE’S QUILL

www.porcupinesquill.ca

F, GR, NF, P, REGIONAL
We are primarily looking for fiction from regional authors, though we are also happy to look at poetry and non-fiction (esp. memoirs).

68 Main Street Box 160
Erin ON  N0B 1T0

pql@sentex.net

 

QUATTRO BOOKS

www.quattrobooks.ca

F, P
As a press that specializes in novellas, Quattro is interested in recommending authors who are helping lift the art form out of obscurity and into the literary mainstream.

720 Bathurst St.
Toronto ON  M5S 2R4

info@quattrobooks.ca

SECOND STORY PRESS

www.secondstorypress.ca

CH, F, NF
We are looking for adult fiction and nonfiction on social and health issues (especially those concerning 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

Kathryn@secondstorypress.ca

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

editor@taddlecreekmag.com

 

TIGHTROPE BOOKS

www.tightropebooks.com

F, NF, P
Tightrope is seeking exquisite literary fiction (novels & short fiction) literary nonfiction, poetry & graphic works that explore cross-cultural conflict and relations.

207-2 College Street
Toronto ON  M5G 1K3

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