Monday, October 28, 2013

Borealis Books publishes Canadian fiction and nonfiction

Wailing Whispers, of ghosts, mummies,
crystal skulls and other paranormal
 by Sandra Bea Harries,
published by Borealis Books
Borealis Books
8 Mohawk Crescent
Nepean, Ontario, K2H 7G6

Borealis Books, a division of Borealis Press Ltd., was founded in 1972 to encourage and publish new Canadian writers who demonstrate talent and potential for significant growth (e.g. Carol Shields, Giorgio Di Cicco, Cyril Dabydeen, Kenneth Radou, Guy Vanderhaeghe, among others). As this Press grew, established authors were published as well (e.g. Jan Drabek, Fred Cogswell, Hugh Garner, among others).

New needs in Canadian Literature were addressed when the Press expanded to include series such as New Canadian Drama and The Journal of Canadian Poetry (annual). The Press has met the on-going need for critical works on established early Canadian writers such as Archibald Lampman, L.M. Montgomery, Isabella Valancy Crawford, E.J. Pratt, Susanna Moodie, among others.

Borealis also publishes books concerning Canada’s aboriginal peoples. 

An Answer for Pierre,
a novel by Bretl Karen Fischer,
published by Borealis
The press publishes most genres but specializes in Canadian authored or oriented material.

Please query first, including synopsis and/or outline and a sample chapter or equivalent, together with return postage or international postal coupons, and adequately sized return envelope or package. Material arriving without such pre-paid return is scrapped.

Please do not query or send material unless you are reasonably certain that it is consistent with what the publisher usually produces. Forty-eight pages in length is minimum for publication.

Borealis takes three to four months to reply. They pay a ten percent royalty on net price annually, or for some editorial projects a flat fee. Borealis usually publishes within one to two years of going to contract on  a book.

“The press accepts for appraisal material that seriously involves the human situation, in a mature, skilful manner and interesting, well written style.”

Full guidelines here. Note, Borealis makes no mention of email queries, but you could try a 21st Century approach at:

Karen Le Billon, author of
French Kids Eat Everything, is
represented by Martha Magor Webb

of the McDermid Agency
Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published" workshop with guest speaker Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid literary agency, in Oakville, on Sat, Feb 22 (see here).

Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Caledon at the Bolton Library on Jan 18 (here).

And he’ll lead “How to Make your stories dramatic" workshops in Kingston on Nov 16 (here), Orillia on Nov 23 (here), and in Brampton on Dec 7 (here).

Brian also has a number of weekly course coming up in January. He'll lead a “Writing your life & other true stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and a “Welcome to Creative Writing” course on Tuesday evenings in Burlington(here).

Brian will lead Next Step courses on Tuesday mornings in Burlington (see here), Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here); and he'll lead “Intensive” courses for more experienced writers on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here).

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email

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

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