Friday, August 21, 2015

Tundra Books (a Random House imprint) seeks children's books

Scribbling Women by Martha Jocelyn,
published by Tundra Books 
Tundra Books
1 Toronto Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2V6

Tundra Books is part of Random House Canada.  Tundra was founded in 1967 by May Cutler, a Montreal-based writer and editor. In 1995, the company was sold to McClelland and Stewart and, in 1996, moved to Toronto. In 2012 M&S was acquired by Random House, giving some muscle to Tundra’s distribution.

Tundra's newest venture is the re-introduction of a storybook format, which had been popular before World War II, to combine the beauty of picture books with more complex and longer stories.

At the present time Tundra is accepting few unsolicited manuscripts, and none in the picture book genre. If, however, you have something that you feel is exceptional, you may send it by mail with a stamped, self-addressed envelope for its return. In your covering letter you should include your writing background and relevant credentials (published books, honors and awards).  

Of course, Tundra may be more welcoming to agented submissions.

Full submission guidelines here.

Yasemin Ucar 
Brian Henry will lead "Writing for Children & for Young Adults," workshop with guest speaker Yasemin Ucar, Senior Editor, Kids Can Press, on Saturday, September 12, in Toronto (see here).

He’ll also lead "How to Get Published" workshops in St. John, NB, on Saturday, Oct 3 (details here), and in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct 17, with Rachel Letofsky of the Cooke Agency (see here). 

Other upcoming workshops, include “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, Aug 22, in Bracebridge (see here), "Fall Colours Writing Retreat," Sept 19 – 21, in Algonquin Park (see here), "Writing Your Life," Saturday, Sept 26, in Brampton (see here) and Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (see here), and "How to Make Yourself Write," Saturday, October 24 in Guelph (see here).   

For more information or to register, email:

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This fall, Brian will offer a full line-up of six weekly courses for beginners through advanced. See details of all six fall courses here. Or here's the schedule... 
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, Sept 24 - Nov 26, in Mississauga (see here).
“Writing Personal stories,” Thurs mornings, Oct 8 - Nov 26, in Oakville (see here)
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, Sept 30 - Dec 2, in Burlington (here).
“The Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, Sept 24 - Dec 3, in Georgetown (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, Sept 15 - Dec 8, in Burlington (here).
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, Sept 16 - Dec 16, in Burlington  (here).
For details or to reserve a spot, email:

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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