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
Talon has more than 500 books in print and has received over 300 awards. They strive to be one of the best and most diverse literary lists in Canada. They publish more drama than anyone in Canada and more translations from Quebec as well. The only group that publishes more Indigenous voices than Talon is Theytus Books.
In the last ten years, 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 of poetry. They do not accept submissions for self-help, Young Adult books, children’s books, cookbooks, memoirs, or genre work. You can find more about their Submission Guidelines here.
House of Anansi publishes 50 books each year. Four of those books are poetry. They have a strong roster of authors but are 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 are carefully researched but written without archaic jargon so that experts and general readers will both be thoroughly engaged. Their poets are previously published writers with a strong reputation. See the full Submission Guide for House of Anansi here.
D&M has received many awards in their 47 years as a publisher. Among them have been Publisher of the Year Awards, Marketing Achievement of the Year (both from CBA). Many of their books also have won the Alcuin Book Design Awards. They have been the hub of several smaller publishing groups including Greystone Books, which has also won several prestigious awards for their books. Recent bestsellers they published are “Indian Horse”, by Richard Wagamese, “Ted Harrison Collected”, by Robert (Lucky) Budd, and “All-Day Breakfast”, by Adam Lewis Schroeder.
Douglas and McIntyre publish a wide range of subjects including Fiction (non-genre) and Children’s Books. Their wide non-fiction subjects include: Art, Business, Canadian Culture, Environment, Food and Wine, History, Hockey, Humour, Military History, Photography, Religion, Science, and Travel. The full list can be found here, while Submission Guidelines can be found at this page.
Linda Leith Publishing has a special niche for short books, especially in non-fiction. Their target is series of short essays 16,000-25,000 words. Occasionally they consider works of trade non-fiction. Linda Leith publishes about 10 books per year. Works in French and translations are included among these 10 books so there is plenty of competition. Generally, you need to apply at least a year in advance. Find out if Linda Leith is for you by checking their Submission Guidelines here.
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, narrow-focused selection based around 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.
Do you love spending time outdoors and telling stories around the campfire? Lone Pine Publishing has a focus on works about nature, gardening, outdoor recreation, history, self-help, biographies, children’s literature, and poetry. They also have a separate imprint, Ghost House Books, that specializes in Ghost Stories and accounts of the paranormal. If this sounds like you then you can find out how to send in your submission here.
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? Many academic writers today are connected with Universities. However, Broadview Press has been an independent academic publisher of humanities since 1985. They are 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, Fiction, Field and Hiking Guides, History, Nature, Photography, Plays, and Trivia. Send your submissions here for consideration.
If you have are looking for a publisher of non-fiction books, Between the Lines Books may be just for you. Between the Lines Books has been an independent publisher for 40 years, having just published their own history book “Books without Bosses: 40 Years of Reading Between the Lines”. They are the home to authors such as Christopher Samuel, Ian McKay, Lesley J. Wood, and Michael Riordon – 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.
Genre Fiction! Books We Love Publishing handles many kinds of genre fiction, including Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Fantasy, Western, and Historical Genres for Adults and Young Adults, as well as Children’s Books. They have many books that mix those categories together as well. They are open to submissions but are looking for previously published authors, so if you have a book or two already in the market and are looking for a publisher to take you up a notch, this may be the publisher you are looking for. You will find Submission Guidelines for BWL here.
Are you interested in True Crime stories? RJ Parker Publishing specializes in True Crime and Crime Fiction stories. Based in Toronto, they showcase authors such as Bernard Le DeLeo, Alan R. Warren, and Michale Newton. They have collected stories of serial killers from all around the world. If you have stories of murder and intrigue, and are struggling to find a publisher among those with a wider variety of genres, check out RJ Parker Publishing. They may be just what you need. You can see their Submission Guidelines here.
Arsenal Pulp Press is a five-time finalist of the Small Press Publisher of the Year Award. from 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. They work with authors such as Joshua Whitehead of “Johnny Appleseed” and Kevin Chong, author of “The Plague”. They publish a wide variety of subjects including culturally specific literature, erotica, cooking, occult and supernatural, music, film and TV, and graphic novels. Are you willing to push the boundaries? You can find their Submission Guidelines here.
Tired of being unseen and unheard? Are you interested in creative diversity? Invisible Publishing is looking for non-genre fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. They are committed to bring more diversity to the publishing industry and breaking through traditional barriers. They strongly encourage LGBTQ2SIA+ to submit their work. You can find submission information here.
14. Babora Books
Many entry-level publishing companies avoid genre-fiction and science fiction specifically, choosing to publish more literary fiction. Babora books, on the other hand is looking for new talent in the area of action adventure science fiction. They seek book-length manuscripts (75,000-100,000 words) and would love to hear your best plot synopsis. Based in Victoria, Canada, they are determined to help support the science fiction genre. If you have an interest in Sci-Fi, be sure to drop them a line here.
Signature Editions publishes 6-9 titles a year with an eclectic list of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Notable books 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 Newfoundland and Labrador subject matter. They have been in business since 1994 and launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books, in 2004. Pennywell includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books. Flanker Press has a wide range of subjects from Art, Crafts, and Hobbies, 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
Calling all poets! Looking for a poetry publisher? Most publishers focus on fiction or non-fiction and only publish poetry on the side. Mansfield Press publishes only Canadian writers and focuses on poetry. Starting in 2000 with four books of poems, their catalogue boasts a strong number of poets as well as literary fiction and some non-fiction (mostly centered around the city of Toronto). Click here for Submission Guidelines.
Do you have a love of the Great Outdoors and a desire to write about it? 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 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 conversation. ARP seeks to fill the gaps in the debates around 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 help address this need. If you are interested in publishing with them, please see their Submission Guideline page here.
20. Anvil Press
Anvil Press calls themselves “Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist”. They have some award winning books such as “Bad Endings” by Carleigh Baker and “Seep” by W. Mark Giles. They publish 10-12 books per year in the field of contemporary, progressive literature. They do not publish genre fiction, self-help, children’s, or YA books. If you would like more information on publishing with Anvil Press, see their web page 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. Goose Lane Editions helps to take these content writers up to the level of book authors. Are you ready to take your writing up to the next level? Click here to find their Submission Guidelines.
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”.