Thursday, December 17, 2020

WhiteFire Publishing has four imprints looking for authors


WhiteFire Publishing

Cumberland, Maryland, USA

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WhiteFire Publishing is a Christian publisher with four imprints: Chrism Press, stories informed by Catholic and Orthodox Christianity but not preachy; Ashbury Lane, heartfelt stories of faith with a focus on romance; WhiteFire, fiction and nonfiction meant to make you laugh, cry, and grow your faith; and WhiteSpark, stories for young readers.

Chrism Press is dedicated to stories informed by Catholic and Orthodox Christianity that may not be able to find a home in either mainstream secular or Christian (Evangelical) presses. These two ancient faiths share a sacramental and incarnational vision that illuminates the imagination, as well as a centuries-old literary tradition spanning from Dante to Dostoevsky and beyond.

Whether Christian themes are presented overtly, subtly, or symbolically, Chrism Press seeks Spirit-filled fiction in all genres. “We are not afraid of darkness; we enjoy the strange and the weird, as well as humor, romance, adventure, and fun. We strongly believe that fiction should never be boringWe invite readers to ‘Anoint Your Imagination’ with a wide array of stories that enlighten while they entertain.”

For an excellent essay on Catholic fiction, which includes not only Dante to Dostoyesvsky, but also J.R.R. Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Tony Hillerman, see here.

Submissions are closed for the duration of Advent and Christmas but will re-open January 11, 2021. After Jan 11, query Chrism Press at:

See full guidelines here.

Ashbury Lane is seeking full-length novels (60 – 100,000 words) in all romance genres.

As with all WhiteFire books, “we’re seeking stories that embrace the motto of ‘Where Spirit Meets the Page.‘ We love books with a strong hook, engaging characters, and where the light of the Lord comes shining through. Faith themes don’t necessarily have to be overt, but all our books must uphold our beliefs.

To submit to Ashbury Lane, query RoseannaWhite at

See full guidelines here.

WhiteFire Publishing seeks books where it’s obvious the author is passionate about his or her topic, and where that Spirit-led passion comes through to the reader in vivid writing and well-executed plotting.

Nonfiction: “We crave manuscripts that sing and present their topic with passion and authority. We have no particular requirements for subject matter, but all subjects must be handled in ways that are at the least unoffensive to evangelical Christians or which are overtly Christian in nature. We like projects that deal with hard-hitting issues, but they must be handled in ways that point back to the moral beliefs our company upholds.

“We welcome submissions of narrative nonfiction, memoirs, inspirational, Christian Living, and other subjects as well. We are not interested in poetry at this time. Nonfiction should be 40 – 80,000 words.”

Send your query to:

Fiction: We are looking for Christian fiction of all genres. Novels should be 60 – 150,000 words.

“We are more lenient with our subject matter than some of the larger Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) publishers, but our books must be marketable to Christian bookstores. That means no vulgar language, no explicit on-page love scenes, and by the end of the book the character(s) ought to have experienced a growth of faith.

“WhiteFire is a fan of books that deal with difficult issues that Christians face in reality, but we believe everything should point back to the Lord. If your characters face sexual temptation or even falter, for example, that is fine – but they must recognize it as sin and arrive at the Biblical viewpoint on it.

“Amazing writing leads the day, and we love stories that take risks. We are open to historicals (exotic settings welcome!), historical romance, biblical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, suspense, supernatural thrillers, speculative, and are receptive to queries on other genres aimed at adults as well.”

Send your query to:

or to Roseanna White at:

Read more about WhiteFire Publishing here. See full guidelines here.

WhiteSpark publishes Picture Books – submit text or with illustrations; Middle Grade Novels – both upper and lower MG; and Young Adult Novels – all genres.

“As with all WhiteFire books, we’re seeking stories that embrace the motto of ‘Where Spirit Meets the Page.’ We love books with a strong hook, engaging characters, and where the light of the Lord comes shining through. Faith themes don’t necessarily have to be overt, but all our books must uphold our beliefs.

Query RoseannaWhite at

See full guidelines for all WhiteFire imprints here.

Author Erin Silver will be a  guest
speaker for Writing Little Kid Lit

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to get Published workshop Sunday, January 24, with Barbara Berson of the Helen Heller Agency (see here).

And if you’re specifically interested in writing and publishing Kid Lit, don’t miss our online  Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshops with Scholastic Books Executive Editor Anne Shone, Saturday, Jan 30 (see here) and with Kids Can Press editor Kathleen Keenan, Saturday, Feb 27 (see here).
Also check out the 
Writing Kid Lit and Young Adult Fiction weekly class Tuesday evenings, Feb 2 – March 30 (see hereand the Writing Little Kid Lit  weekly class, Wednesday evenings Feb 3 – March 31 (see here).

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape...

Weekly classes:

Online: Exploring Creative Writing, an introductory, low pressure course to get the creative juices flowing.  Offered at two times: Thursday evenings, Jan 21 – Apr 1 {see hereand Friday afternoons,  Jan 22 – April 2 {see here}.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, nine weeks of creativity and fellowship. Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – Apr1 {no class Feb 25}. Details here.  

Online: Writing Kid Lit and Young Adult Novels, Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade books, and Young Adult novels, with enormously talented and experienced authors as guest speakers for two of the classes, Tuesday evenings, Feb 2 – March 30. Details here.

Online: Writing Little Kid Lit, Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Middle Grade books, with   enormously talented and experienced authors as guest speakers for two of the classes, Wednesday evenings, Feb 3 – March 31 Details here.

     See all winter classes here.

More upcoming workshops:

Online: Writing and Revising, Saturday, February 6. Details here.

Online: How to Write a Bestseller, with New York Times bestselling author Kelly Armstrong, Saturday, April 3.  Details here.

Algonquin Park: Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort, an island of luxury in the middle of a wilderness. Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31. Details here.

For more details or to register for any workshop, retreat or weekly class, email

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding online and in-person 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, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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