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Annick Press Limited
Genre
Children’s Literature;Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities

Literature for Children and Youth. Priority is given to writers who demonstrate a high level of literary talent and address issues that resonate with young people. We also prioritize projects from writers whose experiences and communities have been underrepresented in or historically excluded from children's publishing. We are keen to review works of fiction and non-fiction, including graphic novels.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Claire Caldwell
Annick Press Limited
Toronto
416 221 4802 Ext. 19
clairec@annickpress.com
Accepting applications
Arc Poetry Magazine
Genre
Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
Arc is interested in all styles and forms of poetry. We look forward to seeing work from Indigenous poets as well as other under-represented communities. Priority is given to regional poets from Ottawa, including but not limited to Indigenous artists, artists of colour, and new generation poets.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Christopher Johnson
Arc Poetry Society
Ottawa
6136194434
managingeditor@arcpoetry.ca
Accepting applications
Biblioasis Inc
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
Our primary areas of interest are short fiction, literary non-fiction, and regional history for the Windsor area and for Ontario more generally. We will evaluate applications based on the quality of the writing, but we will be giving submissions under these genres special attention. However, we do read and consider all genres.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Daniel Wells
Biblioasis Inc
Windsor
519-915-3930
info@biblioasis.com
Accepting applications
BOOK*HUG
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We are interested in literary fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction. We are particularly interested in using the program to learn about new generation voices, and continue to make connections with groups we wish to support such as Indigenous authors, writers with disabilities, and writers who are persons of colour. Book*hug publishes contemporary poetry, literary fiction and literary 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.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jay MillAr
BOOK*HUG PRESS
Toronto
416-994-5804
info@bookhugpress.ca
Accepting applications
Bookland Press
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
BookLand Press publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry books written by members of all OAC priority groups, including writers of colour, Indigenous writers, and writers with disabilities.
Deadline(s)
  • November 01, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 15, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Robert Morgan
BookLand Press Inc
Markham
905-943-0950
robert@booklandpress.com
Accepting applications
Brick Books
Genre
Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
As a press that focuses exclusively on poetry, Brick Books is interested in poetry manuscripts only. We will prioritize promising manuscripts from Indigenous, racialized, disabled, and LGBTQ2S emerging poets. Brick Books publishes poetry of high literary quality. We'll be looking for emotionally evocative and finely crafted work whose art engages the sense and music of language; for authenticity of voice, aptness and originality of imagery, and significance and urgency of subject matter.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Alayna Munce
Brick Books
London
519-657-8579
brick.books@sympatico.ca
Accepting applications
Coach House Books
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We are looking to support poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that might be said to push boundaries, explore, challenge – work that falls outside the mainstream. We are looking for literary work that is adventurous and exemplary: innovative poetry, sophisticated fiction, non-fiction that explores unusual subjects from unexpected perspectives. No memoirs, please.
Deadline(s)
  • December 09, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Alana Wilcox
Coach House Books
Toronto
416-979-2217
editor@chbooks.com
Accepting applications
Cormorant Books Inc
Genre
Children’s Literature;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Fiction and non-fiction for adult and younger readers. We are interested in manuscripts by writers with Indigenous heritage and writers whose life experience is reflected in their work and which is missing from the mainstream. We are interested in authenticity, originality, importance of story and character, and command of language. Special attention is given to emerging writers and writers whose stories are necessary contributions to the building of a national literature. Priority will be given to the work of Indigenous writers, as well as writers from and writing about communities under-represented in the literature of Canada.
Deadline(s)
  • October 14, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • November 14, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Marc Côté
Cormorant Books Inc
Toronto
416 925 8887 Ext. 200
m.cote@cormorantbooks.com
Accepting applications
Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We especially welcome applications from young, diverse and Indigenous writers. We are particularly interested in place-based literature (Greater Toronto Region) although this is not a requirement in the work.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Zalika Reid-Benta
Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society
Toronto
647 479 8962 Ext. 230
zalika@diasporadialogues.com
Accepting applications
Dundurn Press Limited
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We are actively seeking nonfiction such as politics, history, current affairs, sport, biography, and more. We are also interested in literary fiction. We invite writers from all sectors of our diverse cultural and literary community here in Ontario and are committed to ensuring equitable access for writers of colour, those with disabilities, Indigenous writers, young writers, and all other OAC priority groups.
Deadline(s)
  • November 18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Meghan Macdonald
Dundurn Press Limited
Toronto
416-214-5544
info@dundurn.com
Accepting applications
ECW Press Limited
Genre
Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We are looking for fresh, original writing in any genre (except chidren's books for under 14-years-old). To gauge our preferences, take a look at our web page, or our books.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jen Albert
ECW Press
Toronto
416 694 3348
jenalbert@ecwpress.com
Accepting applications
Groundwood Books
Genre
Children’s Literature;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Groundwood Books specializes in children's and young adult literature that seeks to embrace diversity and is unafraid of dealing with difficult topics. We publish picture books and illustrated nonfiction for children ages 2 - 8; middle-grade fiction and nonfiction for readers ages 8 - 12; young-adult fiction and nonfiction for teens 12+; as well as poetry and graphic novels across all age groups. In particular, we seek collaboration with Indigenous authors, authors of colour, as well as authors who write from perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented in Canadian children's literature.
Deadline(s)
  • November 18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Karen Li
Groundwood Books Limited
Toronto
647-920-8254
kli@groundwoodbooks.com
Accepting applications
Guernica Editions Inc
Genre
Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
Guernica has a long-standing history of publishing ethnic, minority and diverse voices. As well, we publish many emerging writers and writers who have been marginalized. Thus, these (combined with a solid proposal and good writing skills shown) would be our priorities for recommendations.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Michael Mirolla
Guernica Editions Inc
Oakville
905 599 5304
michaelmirolla@guernicaeditions.com
Accepting applications
Hamilton Arts & Letters
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
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.” HAL supports writers and their writing, particularly emerging writers and under-recognized writers. In addition our interests and priorities align with our mandate which can be found on our website.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Paul Lisson
Hamilton Arts & Letters
Hamilton
HAL@HALmagazine.com
Accepting applications
House of Anansi Press Inc
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We are looking for works of fiction, poetry, memoir, and nonfiction (dealing with current events, history, lifestyle, and science topics) that demonstrate a high level of literary merit. Our interest is in works that are artistically vibrant, unique, and appeal to a wide readership, and in nonfiction that puts forward new and well-argued ideas. We are especially interested in a diverse and broad range of authors, with an emphasis on artists from under-represented communities.
Deadline(s)
  • December 16, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Leslie Ahenda
House of Anansi Press Inc
Toronto
416 363 4343 Ext. 253
leslie@anansi.ca
Accepting applications
Invisible Publishing
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
In reflection of our commitment to publish diverse voices and experiences, we will prioritize LGBTQ2SIA+ writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of colour.
Deadline(s)
  • December 09, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Norman Nehmetallah
Invisible Publishing
Picton
416-712-7033
norm@invisiblepublishing.com
Accepting applications
James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Publishers
Genre
Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Non-Fiction;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Areas of priority include fiction and non-fiction proposals for middle grade and teen readers, with a focus on Canadian settings, diversity, and themes and issues relevant to today’s youth. We are also interested in literary non-fiction projects on issues of national and regional importance, as well as biographies and history. Our priority is to publish/recommend authors from diverse backgrounds. 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.
Deadline(s)
  • November 30, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Sara Rodgers
James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Publishers
Toronto
4163624762
editor@lorimer.ca
Accepting applications
Kegedonce Press
Genre
Children’s Literature;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
Only Indigenous writers will be reviewed; priorities include Indigenous women and youth, first-time applicants, and authors representing Northern Ontario.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Kegedonce Press
Kegedonce Press
Owen Sound
2269742087
admin@kegedonce.com
Accepting applications
Kids Can Press Limited
Genre
Children’s Literature;Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Kids Can Press is committed to developing and promoting literary and artistic talent in all its diversity by amplifying underrepresented voices; and to nurturing a love of reading by inviting kids into books that capture different experiences and open their minds to new ideas and perspectives. Looking for both literary merit and commercial appeal in our acquisitions, we publish engaging picture books, early chapter books, young adult novels, and graphic novels that showcase original and diverse characters, voices and stories; and innovative non-fiction that explores compelling content in unique ways. We like funny, genuine, thoughtful, heartfelt and clever (in any combination!) approaches to all sorts of stories and subjects. We do not publish high fantasy or science fiction.
Deadline(s)
  • December 15, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Naseem Hrab
Kids Can Press Ltd
Toronto
nhrab@kidscan.com
Accepting applications
Latitude 46 Publishing
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
We will prioritize IBPOC and LGBTQ2S authors who are living, or have some connection, to northern Ontario.
Deadline(s)
  • November 30, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Heather Campbell
Latitude 46 Publishing
Sudbury
info@latitude46publishing.com
Accepting applications
Mawenzi House Publishers
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We will consider works that reflect the growing diversity of Canadian culture; we will consider younger writers who demonstrate originality in form and content.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Nurjehan Aziz
Mawenzi House Publishers
Toronto
416-483-7191
info@mawenzihouse.com
Accepting applications
MUSKRAT Magazine
Genre
Children’s Literature;Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
MUSKRAT would like submissions from a wide array of Indigenous identified writers across all writing genres. From established to new generation writers from urban and rural communities across Turtle Island and internationally; we are interested in works from the heart on any topic that matters to you.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Rebeka Tabobondung
MUSKRAT Magazine
Wasauksing First Nation
647-966-1474
publisher@muskratmagazine.com
Accepting applications
New Quarterly
Genre
Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
Our interests are in literary fiction, poetry and nonfiction from emerging and established writers. We are looking for freshness of voice and style, original subject matter, distinctive poetic or narrative structure. Due to the large volume of applications we don't tend to recommend writers more than two years in a row in any one category. 
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Pamela Mulloy
New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing
Waterloo
519 884 8111 Ext. 28290
pmulloy@tnq.ca
Accepting applications
Owlkids Books Inc
Genre
Children’s Literature;Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Our area of interest is literature for children between the ages of 0-14, including picture books, graphic novels, non-fiction, and early chapter books. We are interested in projects that speak to young readers' interests, intelligence, and imagination. Our priority is in publishing the work of emerging artists, and in particular, stories from authors with diverse perspectives that have been traditionally underrepresented in children's literature. We look for high quality writing, age appropriateness, and non-fiction with an innovative approach or an emphasis on narrative vs. a straight presentation of facts.
Deadline(s)
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jennifer Stokes
Owlkids Books Inc
Toronto
416-340-2700, x 2321
jennifer.stokes@owlkids.com
Accepting applications
Palimpsest
Genre
Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
Palimpsest Press accepts non-fiction and poetry applications. We particularly encourage submissions from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S writers, along with those who have disabilities / have been diagnosed with mental illness. We also prioritize local (Windsor and Essex County-based) writers. Palimpsest Press prefers projects with a strong sense of cultural engagement that are well written (for poetry, we are looking for material that is formally and sonically innovative) and leave a lasting impression on the reader.
Deadline(s)
  • November 15, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jim Johnstone
Palimpsest
Windsor
jim@palimpsestpress.ca
Accepting applications
Second Story Press
Genre
Children’s Literature;Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Fiction and non-fiction for children, youth, and adults; especially works that promote diversity, LGBTQIA+ voices, empowerment, and strong female protagonists and role models. Special interest in Holocaust remembrance and work from writers from diverse communities, including Indigenous, Black, or a Person of Colour, and writers with disabilities.
Deadline(s)
  • November 18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Gillian Rodgerson
Second Story Press
Toronto
416 537 7850
gillian@secondstorypress.ca
Accepting applications
The Porcupine's Quill
Genre
Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
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, sometimes wordless novels. Of late we have also expanded the list to include memoirs. We are primarily looking for fiction from regional authors, though we are also happy to look at poetry and non-fiction (especially memoirs).
Deadline(s)
  • November 15, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Tim Inkster
The Porcupine's Quill
Erin
pql@sentex.net
Accepting applications
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Genre
Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Non-Fiction
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Works that explore the breadth and diversity of comics as a medium. Successful applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to personal expression, through whatever genres or mix of genres they choose to explore in their works. We will also consider non-fiction prose projects that explore comics history.
 
Deadline(s)
  • October 03, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Miles Baker
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto
contact@torontocomics.com
Accepting applications
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Limited
Genre
Comics and graphic fiction/non-fiction;Fiction;Non-Fiction;Poetry;Young adult fiction or non-fiction
Specialization
None
Regional
Located outside of Toronto
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Priorities
We are primarily interested in adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry, but we will consider graphic works and young adult writing as well.
Deadline(s)
  • November 25, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Noelle Allen
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Limited
Hamilton
905 972 9885
info@wolsakandwynn.ca