Thursday, January 7, 2021

Cormorant Books seeks fiction and nonfiction for adults, young adults and middle grade

Written in Stone by Peter Unwin
published by Cormorant

Cormorant Books

260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 502
Toronto, ON  M5T 2E4

Cormorant Books is an independent literary publisher, with a young reader’s imprint known as DCB. 

Cormorant publishes both fiction and nonfiction. As a literary press, Cormorant places great emphasis on the quality of the writing and the editing process, paying attention to each manuscript individually. 

They look for writing that is authentic, has a distinction of voice and style, and is written by a writer with something to say, ideally from a community or life experience that is not yet part of the fabric of our literature. Their goal is to publish works of literature by the widest possible diversity of authors.

For books for adults, query Cormorant at:

The subject line of your email should read QUERY, plus YOUR NAME.

For fiction, your query should include a brief description of your manuscript (maximum 200 words); for non-fiction, include a proposal, no more than two pages in length

Also attach the opening pages of your work, to a maximum of 50 pages, saved in a DOC Format, saved as [YOUR NAME] – [TITLE].

As Cormorant seems extremely particular about formatting, before submitting, see their guidelines here.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
published by DCB

DCB is an imprint of Cormorant Books that publishes fiction and nonfiction for middle grade and for young adult readers, and children’s picture books. 

“The goal of DCB is to help readers explore and think about their world through high quality books. We celebrate the intelligence and potential of young people who engage with literature, and hope to provide them with a starting point for a lifetime of learning.

DCB is currently accepting submissions for middle grade fiction and nonfiction and for young adult fiction and nonfiction.

They only publish Canadian authors.

Authors are asked to please send complete manuscripts rather than sample chapters.

Submissions should include a brief synopsis (no more than 200 words), an author bio, and full contact information (address, phone number, and email address). The manuscript should be double-spaced and one-sided. Please indicate the word count of your manuscript.

Trip of the Dead by Angela Misri
published by DCB

Submit by email to:

Attach your full manuscript

Or mail your manuscript to:

DCB Submissions Editor
c/o Cormorant Books
260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 502
Toronto, ON  M5T 2E4

Cormorant will only respond to submissions that are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. They aim to respond to submissions within three months of receipt.

Illustrators: Illustrators are asked to email links to their portfolio or website. “For illustrators who work in a variety of styles, we ask that your links direct us to work suitable for covers or for children’s picture books.”

Full submission guidelines here.

Children's author Erin Silver will be one of the 
guest speakers 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 here) and 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} – still plenty of space in the Friday afternoon class.

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