Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Star Books accepts unsolicited fiction and nonfiction

New Star Books has been around in one form or another since 1969. It welcomes unsolicited manuscripts in the following areas:
Social issues and politics.
The culture and history of British Columbia and the West.
Literary prose, both fiction and nonfiction.
New Star also publishes poetry, though they do not consider unsolicited poetry manuscripts.

New Star also publishes Transmontanus, a series of short illustrated books about some of the more unusual aspects of life in a corner of the world currently known as British Columbia.

Proposals for the New Star list and for the Transmontanus series should be sent directly to New Star's editorial offices in Vancouver, either by mail to:
Rolf Maurer
New Star Books
107 – 3477 Commercial St.
Vancouver, BC V5N 4E8

Or submit electronically to:

What to send
Fiction: full manuscript with a query letter.
Nonfiction: full manuscript or full outline & sample chapters, with a query letter.
The information that other publishers are also considering the manuscript, if this is the case.
For electronic submissions, a word processor document (.odt, .doc, .docx, .pdf) with double-spaced, 12 pt type.
For hard copy submissions, unbound single-sided pages, a big enough self-addressed stamped envelope for return of manuscript if necessary; or indicate we can recycle it if not interested.

See full submission guidelines here.

Bringing Up Beauty by Sylvia McNicoll,
one ofthe guest speakers in Brian's
Writing Kid Lit course
If you’re interested in and finding an agent or publisher (someday soon or down the road), don’t miss our “How to Get Published” mini-conference, with literary agent Martha Webb, author Hannah McKinnon, and HarperCollins editor Michelle Meade on Saturday, Nov 18, in Guelph (see here).

Also, starting soon, Brian Henry will lead a full range of writing courses, introductory to advanced (and most of these classes still have space): 
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 28 – Nov 30, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Personal Stories, Wednesday evenings, Sept 27 – Nov 15, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Kid Lit, Thursday mornings, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Oakville, with guest authors Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang. See here.
Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons Sept 26 – Nov 28, first readings emailed Sept 19; Burlington. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Monday mornings, Sept 25 – Dec 4/11, first readings emailed Sept 18; Toronto. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 28 – Nov 30 / Dec 7, first readings emailed Sept 20; Georgetown. See here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Sept 20 – Dec 6/13, first readings emailed Sept 13; Burlington
See details of all seven courses offered in the fall here.

Kelley Armstrong
And be sure not to miss the “Writing a Bestseller"workshop with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong on Saturday, Oct 21, in Oakville (see here),

Also, in the fall, Brian will lead a “How to Make Yourself Write” workshop on Saturday, Oct 14, in Toronto (see here), a “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner” on Saturday, Oct 28, in Caledon at the Bolton Library (see here), “Writing with Style” on Saturday, Nov 4, in Barrie (see here) and“How to Build Your Story” on Saturday, Nov 25 in Burlington (see here).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any workshop, retreat, or weekly course, email

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

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

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