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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.

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, 2015 to January 29, 2016.

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 2015-2016

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

rickw@annickpress.com
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

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, G, NF, P, REGIONAL
Biblioasis is looking for writing which is alive. We are looking for writers who pay attention to language. Priority will be given to fiction and nonfiction this year.

1520 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor ON  N9A 3L2

dwells@biblioasis.com

BLACK MOSS PRESS

blackmosspress.com 

NF, P, REGIONAL
We are looking for works of nonfiction writing and poetry that offer new and innovative directions, but might also have an emphasis on working and living in southwestern Ontario.
2450 Byng Road
Windsor ON  N8W 3E8

martygervais@gmail.com 

BOOKTHUG

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
We are looking for fiction, nonfiction and graphic fiction/nonfiction submissions. We are seeking new literary voices who take risks and nonfiction writers who can explore challenging ideas related to independent arts and culture.
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

mark@carouselmagazine.ca 
CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS

http://chizinepub.com

CH, F, GR
Seeking genre fiction NOVELS: SF, fantasy, horror, magic realism, retold mythologies/fairy tales; superb literary quality. Now open to mysteries/thrillers. Also YA (teen) novels in those genres. NO middle-grade, nonfiction, humour, serial killer stories, romance, story collections. Especially want non-white cultures, QUILTBAG, 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 on 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 St.,
Suite 615
Toronto ON  M4Y 1P9
DIASPORA DIALOGUES (organization)

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 Press publishes adult nonfiction in the areas of Canadian history, politics, regional issues, biography, Aboriginal 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, F, GR, NF, P
ECW is always looking for fresh, original, energetic writing. We are hoping for one great sentence to be followed by another great sentence, in whatever genre.
665 Gerrard Street East
Toronto ON  M4M 1Y2
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; established writers well known for their craft. The same for graphic works.
144483 Southgate Road 14
Holstein ON  N0G 2A0
GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

www.groundwoodbooks.com

CH
We are most likely to recommend literary works that explore, from a child’s perspective, some aspect of Canadian society that is under-represented on the lists of mainstream Canadian publishers.
801-110 Spadina Avenue
Toronto ON  M5V 2K4

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.HALmagazine.com

NF, P, REGIONAL
Hamilton Arts & Letters was schooled by the oratory of the wildcat strike: Protest. Struggle. Activism. Social engagement. Writing that acknowledges the canon of world literature resonates with us, but more so work that catapults us forward. Thank you for the privilege of reading your work.
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 and graphic fiction and nonfiction that will appeal to a broad audience; nonfiction works of memoir, current events, 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

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 Aboriginal 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.
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
Kegedonce Press is seeking quality manuscripts by Aboriginal authors. In order of preference would be: Fiction, Children/Fantasy, Nonfiction and Poetry.
872 16th Street West, RR#7
Owen Sound ON  N4K 6V5

info@kegedonce.com
KIDS CAN PRESS

www.kidscanpress.com

CH, GR
We favour picture books featuring original characters and engaging stories; innovative nonfiction with clear connections to Ontario curriculum; and appealing, character-driven fiction and graphic novels for readers up to age 14. Key in the consideration of any submission is the material’s uniqueness and scope of appeal.
25 Dockside Drive
4th Floor
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

 

MAWENZI HOUSE

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 Ave (B)
Toronto ON  M5M 1K5
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 innovative and character-driven picture books, informational picture books, graphic novels, and engaging early chapter books and middle-grade fiction. We are also interested in finding narrative nonfiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on the synthesis of information vs. a presentation of facts.
10 Lower Spadina Avenue
Suite 400
Toronto ON  M5V 2Z2
PALIMPSEST PRESS

www.palimpsestpress.ca

F, NF, P, REGIONAL
Palimpsest Press is committed to publishing both new and established writers across Canada who are thought-provoking, culturally significant. We pride ourselves in establishing and supporting regional literary communities.
1171 Eastlawn Avenue
Windsor ON  N8S 3J1

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
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 Street
Toronto ON  M5S 2R4

info@quattrobooks.ca
SECOND STORY PRESS

www.secondstorypress.ca

CH, F, GR, 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
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
Tightrope is looking for high quality poetry, fiction and graphic fiction, which is inclusive, groundbreaking and broadens the scope of Canadian literature. We encourage upstart writers as well as established writers who are expanding their creative skillsets and vision.
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

noelle.allen@wolsakandwynn.ca