Thursday, January 21, 2016

Great Plains publications seeks literary novels, short story collections, and teen fiction

The Break by Nelsa Roberto,
published by Great Plains Teen Fiction
Great Plains Publications
233 Garfield Street South
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 2M

Great Plains Publications is a non-fiction publisher specializing in Prairie history and biography. Their mandate is to publish books that are written by Prairie authors (Note: their other imprints are open to authors from across Canada). .

Enfield & Wizenty is a literary imprint that publishes original novels and short story collections by Canadian writers at all career stages. Before submitting a manuscript, check out their backlist to decide if your work is likely to fit with our publishing program. While you may query by email, (, they do not accept email submissions of full manuscripts except by invitation; attachments should be in doc format only. 

Great Plains Teen Fiction primarily publishes contemporary and historical fiction from Canadian authors for readers age 14 to 16, and 15 to 18. Humour is appreciated, as is romance. Stories can be set anywhere, though they prefer stories set on this world, present or past. If you have been previously published by a traditional book publisher, you may query by email ( with a synopsis of your story, a short bio with your previous publications, and one to three chapters of your novel as a Word attachment. If you are an emerging author or self-published author, please send by standard mail a cover letter, synopsis, and the first one to three chapters of your book. 

Author Jennifer Mook-Sang
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, in Kitchener, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here).

Also, Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, Apr 2, in Barrie, with literary agency Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include How to Build Your Story, Saturday, Jan 30 in Toronto (see here), Writing With Style, Saturday, March 12, in Oakville (see here), and Writing Your Life, Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (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 winter, Brian is offering a full range of courses for beginning to experienced writers (details of all five classes here). Two classes still have space:

Brian Henry
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Burlington. (See details of this class here.)

Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 29, (no class March 15) in Burlington (see here.)

Courses coming this spring:
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13 June, in Burlington
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21 June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14 June 23, in Georgetown
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30 June 15, in Burlington

For information about spring courses, or to reserve a spot, email:

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, 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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