Saturday, June 6, 2020

ECW Press publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry; Plus a Call for Submissions for Pop Nonficiton

ECW Press
665 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON  M4M 1Y2

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ECW Press publishes an eclectic list of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction — but no books for children. ECW accepts fiction and poetry submissions by Canadians only; there are no citizenship restrictions on writers submitting nonfiction. Each of the acquiring editors has different interests. You might pitch your manuscript to the best match. Click on the name for a link to details of what they’re looking for:
Jack David, Co-Publisher. Acquires Business, mysteries & true crime, biography & memoir, pop science
Michael Holmes, Executive Editor. Acquires literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction (hockey, wrestling, music & Canadian pop culture)
Susan Renouf, Executive Editor at Large. Acquires Literary fiction, creative nonfiction, environmental & social issues
Jennifer Knoch, Senior Editor. Acquires fiction, nonfiction (memoir, environmental & social issues, music, adventure, health) 
Jennifer Smith, Acquisitions & Business Development. Acquires Nonfiction (business, memoir, illustrated, culinary, corporate & custom publishing)
Jen Albert, Editor. Acquires science fiction, fantasy, horror, YA fiction, nonfiction (social issues, pop culture, and pop science)
David Caron, Co-Publisher. Mostly acquires fantasy and sci-fi, but other things, too.
Query ECW at: 
Put your manuscript’s title in the subject line. Include a sample of the manuscript. For poetry, approximately 10–15 pages. For fiction and non-fiction, 15–25 pages. For nonfiction, please also send an outline of the entire work. (For tips on writing a good nonfiction proposal, check out this sample from author Michael Hingston.)
See full submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions:
“You might be best known for writing about music, politics, primates, or the adventures of made-up people, but ECW wants to give you a chance to expound on something different. On that thing that makes an evangelist of you, that makes you hold party guests hostage long after the coffee has gone cold or has you giving a well-intentioned Skinny Puppy CD to your grandma or Empire DVDs to your dad.
ECW staffers share your pop culture passion, and we’re looking to expand our successful pop culture list with a new series that gives you a soapbox to preach from. Pop Classics will offer intelligent but accessible arguments about why a particular pop phenomenon matters. Possible subjects include TV, music, books series/authors, film, and video games. It can be something nostalgic (Babysitters Club novels) or contemporary (Beyoncé), as long as it’s something meaningful: to you, to its genre, to pop culture, and maybe even to society as a whole.
“Running between 20,000 and 40,000 words, Pop Classics are short books that pack a big punch, and just might be the thing to give your dinner companions some peace . . . or give you a legitimate reason to keep on talking.”
To submit a Pop Classics proposal, send an email to Jen Knoch at
Put “Pop Classics Proposal: Friday Night Lights” (or whatever your subject may be) in the subject line.
Your proposal should include the following elements:
1. Who: A CV that details your writing experience and includes links to previously published work
2. What: An outline of your proposed book: Your central thesis and a proposed table of contents to show us how that argument would develop
3. Why: Some basic information on the subject, target audience and why the time is right for writing about this topic
See full guidelines for a Pop Classics proposal here

Paige Sis;ley
If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our up[coming How to Get Published workshops Saturday, Oct 3, in Toronto with Evan Brown of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here) and Saturday, Oct 24, in Guelph with Paige Sisley of the CookeMcdermid agency  (see here).

In the meanwhile, though, the best way of upping your game as a writer may be with a weekly course. This summer, Brian Henry’s offering an Introductory course and two Intensive courses online and accessible anywhere in the world:
Online: Exploring Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, July 8 – August 19.   Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, July 7 – Aug 25. First reading emailed June 30. Details here.
Online: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, July 8 – Aug 26. First reading emailed July 1. Details here.

Come the fall, there will be a full range of courses on offer, both in-person in Toronto and Burlington, and online and accessible from everywhere. 
For details, email:
Moose at Arowhon Pines Resort, Algonquin Park
Beyond that, Brian’s post-lockdown workshop schedule continues to take shape:
Algonquin Park Writing RetreatJoin me for a magical weekend at Arowhon Pines Resort, an outpost of luxury in the middle of the wilderness, for a writing retreat. Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12. Details here.
Burlington: Raising the Stakes: How to increase your story's tension, Saturday, July 18. Details here.
Southampton Art School: Join me in this lovely beach town on Lake Huron for two workshops: How to Build Your Story, Saturday, July 25 (see here) and How to Write Great Characters, Sunday, July 26 (see here).

Collingwood, Ontario
Oakville: "You can write great dialogue," 
Saturday, Aug 8. Details here.  
Collingwood: "You can write great dialogue,"  Saturday, Aug 15.  Details here.
St. Catharines: How to Make Yourself Write,"  Saturday, Aug 22.  Details here.

Alliston: Writing for Children and for Young Adults, with Anne Shone, Executive Editor, Scholastic Books, Saturday, September 12. Details here.

Toronto: How to Get Published with Evan Brown of Transatlantic Literary Agency,
Saturday, Oct 3. Details here.
Guelph: How to Get Published with literary agent Paige Sisley of CookeMcDermid,
Saturday, Oct 24. Details here.
London: How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, October 31. 
Treats for everyone in costume.  Details here.

Briars Resort
Jackson's Point: Writing Retreat at the Briar's Resort on Lake Simcoe, 
Friday, Nov 13 – Monday, Nov 16. Details to come.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding 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.

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