Monday, February 25, 2013

Guernica Editions and Brick Books both open for submissions

Guernica Editions
1569 Heritage Way
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 2Z7

Guernica prefers to receive manuscript queries by email. Before inquiring, authors are requested to check Guernica’s website to determine the type of material they publish. Note that Guernica accepts submissions only from January through to the end of April.
Submissions page here.

Brick Books
Box 20081, 431 Boler Road
London, Ontario, N6K 4G6

Brick Books is the only press in Canada that specializes in publishing poetry books.  Based in London, Ontario, the press was started by Stan Dragland and Don McKay in 1975 and began by publishing chapbooks. We now publish full-length volumes of an individual author’s work.

The mandate of Brick Books is to foster interesting, ambitious, and compelling work by Canadian poets, both new and established; to create and maintain the exceptional editorial standard for which Brick has gained a national reputation; to produce beautifully designed, attractive books worthy of the excellence of their contents; and to distribute and promote these books and their authors. We publish 7 new books and an average of 9 reprints every year.

We receive approximately 100 manuscripts for consideration every year. We publish only 7 books a year. Please note that we only read submissions between January 1 and April 30.Submissions received outside of our reading period will be returned. Our publishing schedule is filled two years in advance.

If you would like to submit work to Brick Books, you should be familiar with our books to see if your writing is a good fit with our publishing program. Check out our books in your local bookstore or library or browse our website. You may send the full manuscript or a sample of 8 – 10 poems from a finished manuscript.  Unfinished manuscripts are unlikely to be considered by Brick Books.

With your submission, you should include a covering letter telling us a bit about yourself including whether you have had any work previously published in literary magazines or journals. You must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage for our reply/return of your materials.

Keep in mind that writers without previous publications in literary journals or magazines are rarely accepted by Brick Books for publication. Some appropriate Canadian literary magazines are the Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review. Having a publishing history shows that the writer is serious, is developing their career, and has some experience with the editorial process.

Complete submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will be leading "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here), Sun, March 17, in Kingston (see here), and Sat, May 4, in Barrie (see here). 
To register, email

Before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. Brian will be leading Next Step in Creative Writing classes on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (see here). He’ll be leading Intensive courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here). 
To register, email

Also, he’ll be leading Life Stories classes on Monday mornings in Mississauga (see here) and Monday afternoons in Brampton (see here and scroll down), and he'll lead a Welcome to Creative Writing course on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here). 
To register, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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