Monday, April 15, 2019

Dundurn Press seeks fiction for adults, young adults & middle grade, and nonfiction

The Snake Mistake Mystery
by Sylvia McNicoll, published by Dundurn
Dundurn Press
500 – 3 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario

Dundurn Press was founded in 1972 by Kirk Howard, who named the company after Hamilton’s historic Dundurn Castle, located near where he’d grown up. At first a small publisher of Canadian nonfiction with only five employees, the company expanded over time, acquiring Hounslow Press, Simon & Pierre, Boardwalk Books, Natural Heritage Books, XYZ Publishing, Napoleon and Company, Blue Butterfly Books, and Thomas Allen Publishers.
With more than 2,500 books in print and 1,800 ebooks available, Dundurn continues to release more than one hundred books per year. Its publishing program includes award-winning adult and YA fiction, mysteries, biographies, as well as business, history, and current affairs titles.

Dundurn is currently accepting submissions for the following fiction categories:
·         Literary Fiction
·         Mystery/Thriller
·         Middle Grade
·         Young Adult

Dundurn is currently accepting submissions for adult nonfiction in the areas of:
·         Canadian History, Politics, Current Affairs
·         Memoir, Biography, Autobiography
·         Business and Economics
·         Health and Well Being
·         Canadiana and Local Interest
·         True Crime
·         Paranormal
·         Family and Relationships
·         Transportation and Travel
·         Sports and Recreation
·         Arts and Culture

Query Dundurn at: submissions@dundurn.com
Include three sample chapters, a one-page synopsis, and for nonfiction, a chapter-by-chapter outline.
Full submission guidelines here.

101 Math Jokes by Erin O'Connor,
who's also a senior editor at Scholastic
In early May, don't miss Writing for Children and for Young Adults. This workshop will feature Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books as a guest speaker and is being offered in two locales. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto, the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  Plotting Novels and Writing Short Stories, Saturday, May 25, in Niagara on the Lake (see here), and How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, June 22, in Oakville (see here).  

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. 
Three classes starting in April still have space:
Burlington: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, April 18 – June 20. Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 16 – June 25. Details here.

And come the summermore courses are starting:
Oakville Woodside Library: Exploring Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 2 – Aug 13. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 3 – Aug 21, 1st readings emailed June 26. See here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings July 3 – Aug 21.  1st readings emailed June 26. See here.

Tree at the Briars
In the fall, join us at the ... 
November at the Briars Writing Retreat.
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4; four days of creativity in a setting that provides the warmth of a country estate steeped in history while providing all the benefits of an extensive, modern lakeside resort. Details here.
To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. 
For a listing of twenty-one American & Canadian publishers accepting unagented manuscripts for children and young adults {and other things} see here.
For a listing of one Canadian and eight British publishers  and book publishers, accepting unagented manuscripts for children and young adults {and other things} sehere.
For most recent postings of publishers of Kid Lit {and other sorts of books}, see here {and scroll down}.
For all posting of book publishers, see here {and scroll down}.

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