Are you a writer in Canada who has just written a book and are now looking for a Canadian book publisher?
Do you want to send in your manuscript directly to the publishing house, rather than through a book agent?
If so, take a look at our list of 21 top Canadian publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts below!
1. Talon Books
With more than 500 books in print and over 300 awards, Talon is one of the most diverse publishers in Canada. They publish more drama than anyone in the nation and their translations from Quebec is equally noteworthy.
Over the last decade, Talon has diversified its literary non-fiction titles to include global works on the Middle East, the Balkans, Aboriginal rights and history, and other Canadian political issues. While they do accept unsolicited submissions for drama, fiction, and non-fiction, they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts for poetry. They do not accept submissions for self-help, Young Adult books, children’s books, cookbooks, memoirs, or genre work. You can find their submission guidelines here.
Publishing more than 50 books each year (four of which are poetry), House Anansi is one of the leading book publishing companies in Canada. While they have a strong roster of authors, the company is always looking for talented writers of fiction with strong plot lines, powerful narrative voice, and memorable characters.
They also have an imprint called Spiderline, that specializes in mystery, crime fiction, and psychological thrillers written with an eye for detail. Some authors of the Spiderline series include the Ava Lee novels by Ian Hamilton and the Marko Della Torre novels by Alen Mattich.
Anansi’s non-fiction titles are carefully researched but written without archaic jargon so that both experts and general readers are thoroughly engaged. Their poets are previously published writers with a strong reputation. For more details, see the full submission guide for House of Anansi here.
D&M has received many awards in their 47 years as a publisher. Some of them include the Publisher of the Year Awards, Marketing Achievement of the Year (both from CBA). What’s more, some of their titles also have won the prestigious Alcuin Book Design Awards.
During the last couple of decades, D&M has also been the hub of several smaller publishing groups including Greystone Books, which has also won several prestigious awards for their books. Some of their recent bestsellers are “Indian Horse”, by Richard Wagamese, “Ted Harrison Collected”, by Robert (Lucky) Budd, and “All-Day Breakfast”, by Adam Lewis Schroeder.
D&M publishes titles on a wide range of subjects including fiction (non-genre) and children’s books. For non-fiction they’ve published works on art, business, Canadian culture, environment, food and wine, history, hockey, umour, military history, photography, religion, science, and travel. The full list of their accepted genres can be found here, while submission guidelines can be found at this page.
4. At Bay Press
At Bay Press is an independent publishing house located in Toronto. The company was established almost 9 years back, and since their very inception, they’ve been driven to represent the new works of undiscovered authors. Over the last few years, At Bay Press has published original, thought-provoking, and exceptionally crafted titles in both literary fiction and non-fiction. So, if you’re looking to join their growing list of authors, check out their submission guidelines on this page.
Innovation is the undercurrent of new growth. Coach House strives to be a beacon of innovation in Canada by publishing innovative poetry, literary fiction, drama, and non-fiction. They are not interested in traditional work. They are looking to move past the margins and pioneer new paths. Coach House publishes over 80 fiction books and more than 130 books of poetry, but their non-fiction is a small and more filtered selection based on urban issues and the city of Toronto. Are you a writer that pushes through the boundaries of tradition? Find out how to submit your work to Coach House here.
If you’re fond of writing children’s titles, Orca Book Publishers is one of the best options for you. Based in Victoria, this publishing house has been operating for the last four decades. During this time, Orca has rolled out thousands of exceptionally written children’s fiction, picture books, and educational titles. ‘Nightwalker’ by K.V Johansen and ‘Drawn Away’ by Holly Bennet are some of their best-selling titles. Right now, Orca is open for submissions, but they’ll only accept your work if it meets their submission guidelines. For more details about the submission process, visit this page.
Are you a writer for academic humanities? Do you need a respected publisher to put you toe-to-toe with some of the world’s greatest minds today? In either case, Broadview Press can help you. Operating as an independent publisher since 1985, the company is always looking to acquire publications in the subjects of English and Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Political Theory, History, Composition and Rhetoric, and American Literature. They have an outstanding list of respected authors and are large enough to distribute their books around the world. You can find out where to submit your manuscript or proposal to here.
Boulder Publications is a leading publisher of field guides, historical works, and fiction. They are home to award winning books such as “Newfoundland in the First World War” and “Perished: The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster”, both by Jenny Higgins as well as “Birds of Newfoundland: Field Guide” by Ian Warkentin and Sandy Newton. Boulder maintains a high standard for editing and book design. They publish subjects such as children’s books, cooking, iction, field and hiking uides, history, nature, photography, plays, and trivia. You can send your submissions to Boulder on this page.
If you are looking for a publisher of non-fiction titles, Between the Lines Books may be just the right platform for you. An independent publisher for 40 years, the company recently published their own history book called “Books without Bosses: 40 Years of Reading Between the Lines”. Over the last few decades, the company has also represented authors like Christopher Samuel, Ian McKay, Lesley J. Wood, and Michael Riordon, to name a few. The company focuses on publishing authors with a focus on social justice and being a voice for those who are often silenced. They are looking for books on politics, public policy, social issues and activism, social movements, development studies, environment, criminology, technology, and many other categories. You can find full submission information here.
10. Red Deer Press
Red Deer Press is one of the leading Canadian publishers of children’s fiction. Starting out as an affiliate of Red Deer College, the publishing house soon evolved as an independent publisher of children’s titles by 1985. Over the past couple of decades, they’ve published several fiction titles for kids and young adults. Owing to their significant contributions in the literary sphere, they and their authors have also won more than 300 awards. Luckily enough, Red Deer Press is currently open for submissions. You can reach out to them on this page.
If you’re looking to publish your upcoming feminist title, Second Story Press is one of your top options. Established in 1988 by Margie Wolfe and three other women, this publishing house has been focused in rolling out feminist-inspired titles for both adults and children. Their books are sold throughout the globe and are also translated in multiple languages. What’s more, this publishing house has also won several awards for their outstanding contribution in feminist literature. If you would like to be published by them, take a close look at their submission guidelines here.
Arsenal Pulp Press is a five-time finalist of the Small Press Publisher of the Year Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association and a past winner of the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award. They are interested in literary fiction and non-fiction books that ask probing questions about the world around us. Over the last few years, the company has worked with authors like Joshua Whitehead of “Johnny Appleseed” and Kevin Chong of “The Plague”. Arsenal Pulp Press publishes their titles on a wide range of subjects including culturally specific literature, erotica, cooking, occult and supernatural, music, film and TV, and graphic novels. So, are you willing to push the boundaries? In case you are, check out their submission guidelines here.
Tired of being unseen and unheard? Looking for creative diversity? In either case, ‘Invisible Publishing’ is a great option for you. This publisher is looking for non-genre fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. They are also committed to bring more diversity to the publishing industry and breaking through traditional barriers. Unlike many other publishing platforms, Invisible Publishing strongly encourages LGBTQ themes in your titles. So, if you are interested, check out their submission information here.
14. Dundurn Press
Dundurn Press is an independent Canadian publisher that focuses on a wide range of fiction titles. The company was established in 1972 by Kirk Howard, and since then they rolled out more than 2,500 titles in print and around 1,800 titles in ebooks. While they primarily focus on fiction, Dundurn also rolls out non-fiction titles pertaining to Canadian history, current affairs, politics and the likes of it. A full list of their accepted fiction and non-fiction sub-genres can be found on their submissions page.
Signature Editions publishes 6-9 titles a year with an eclectic list of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Notable titles include “The Spanish Boy”, by C. S. Reardon, “Off the Ropes: My Story” by Roland Vandal, and “The Back Channels” by Jennifer House. They are based in Winnipeg and you can check out their submission guidelines here.
16. Flanker Press
Flanker Press publishes general fiction and non-fiction trade books with a focus on the burning issues of Newfoundland and Labrador. They have been in business since 1994 and also launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books, in 2004. Pennywell publishes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books. Flanker Press, on the other hand, focuses on a wide range of subjects like art, crafts, and obbies, to history, religion and spirituality, and even some more narrowly focused categories like ghost stories, true crime, and sea stories. Click here for their full list of categories. You can find their submission guidelines here.
17. Mansfield Press
Are you a poet who’s looking for a good publisher? In that case, Mansfield Press is one of the best options for you. While most publishers focus on fiction or non-fiction titles, Mansfield Press changes this equation by publishing the poetry titles of Canadian writers. Starting in 2000 with four books of poems, their catalogue now boasts a strong number of poets as well as literary fiction and some non-fiction (mostly centred around the city of Toronto). You can click here for submission guidelines.
Do you have a love for the Great Outdoors and want to write about it? Well, Hancock House Publishers is just the right publisher for you. Unlike others, this is a publisher that turns books into a way to preserve and conserve our natural resources. Hancock House Publishers has a history that goes back to the 1960’s, when they were an imprint of the Hancock Wildlife Conservation Center. Their focus has consistently been in publishing books that focus on non-fiction titles emphasizing western and northern history, biographies, native art, culture, and folklore, as well as natural history, wildlife, and cryptozoology. A percentage of their proceeds go to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation to help the cause of conservation education. Submission guidelines can be found here.
19. ARP Books
In our world of 30 second video clips to cover news and public interests, we miss out on a lot of the ‘real’ conversation. ARP seeks to fill in these gaps with debates about political, cultural, and social issues that are not often covered by mainstream publishers or media. They are looking for non-fiction, fiction, and poetry that helps address this need. If you are interested in publishing with them, please see their submission guideline page here.
Formerly known as BookThug, Book*Hug is an independent publishing house that focuses on contemporary titles. Established in 2004, this company is driven by one goal: to publish innovative and thought-provoking titles in literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Book*Hug has represented both emerging and established authors. Some of their recent titles include ‘Coconut Dreams’ by Derek Mascarenhas and ‘Before I was A Critic, I was a Human Being’ by Amy Fung. Currently, Book*Hug is actively seeking new titles. So, if you want your works to be published by them, check out their submission guidelines here.
Goose Lane Editions is the publisher of many up-and-coming authors in literary fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Many of their authors also have been published in journals, magazines, and newspapers such as Fiddlehead, New Quarterly, Globe and Mail, and Reader’s Digest. The platform has always been interested in representing new authors for their innovative and out of the box titles. So, are you ready to take your writing up to the next level? Click here to find their submission guidelines.
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Tony Franklin is a writer, pastor, and teacher from Illinois and Kentucky, United States, with a background in philosophy, psychology, and biblical studies. He is an advocate for and a student of multi-cultural ministries and has a passion for music of all types. He has been blogging inspirational reading for nearly ten years at www.myabishai.blog and www.myabishai.net and recently published a critical book at politics and religion called “Jesus Politics”.