Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Signature Editions acquires literary novels, poetry and nonfiction with literary merit

Signature Editions
P.O. Box 206, RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S7

Signature Editions is a well-established small literary press. It was founded in Montreal in 1986 as a publishing collective called Nuage Editions. Karen Haughiant acquired the press and moved it to Winnipeg in 1997 and in 2000 renamed it Signature Editions.

Signature Editions primarily publishes poetry, literary fiction and mysteries, drama, and nonfiction work with literary merit. They do not publish children's books, romance novels, or self-help books. Signature is a small press, so while it receives a few hundred submissions a year, it publishes only eight to ten new books.

Signature publishes many first books, but almost without exception, their authors have already seen their work in print elsewhere. If your work has never been published before, start sending your poetry, short stories or excerpts to literary magazines. When you've got some other publications under your belt, Signature will look at your manuscript. Also, Signature only publishes authors who are Canadian citizens, though non-Canadian authors are sometimes included in a specific anthology.

Mail (no email submissions) the full manuscript or a sample (5 stories or chapters, 25 poems, or approximately 50 pages). First submissions should also include a covering letter, a synopsis of the work, and a curriculum vitae specifying previous publications, as well as copies of reviews from previous publications.

For drama submissions, please include copies of reviews from professional productions of your play. Poetry manuscripts are read only between January and June. Manuscripts received after June 30 will be returned unread. Other manuscripts are read year round.

Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead a “How to Get Published”workshop in Burlington on Feb 22 with literary agentMartha Magor Webb (see here). 

He’ll also lead “How to Get Published” workshops in Thessalon in Algoma on March 23 (see here) in Guelph on April 12 with literary agent Sam Hiyate (see here), in London on April 19 with literary agent Olga Filina (see here), and in Stouffville on May 24 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here).

Sam Hiyate
Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop in Burlington on May 31 (see here).

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

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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