Monday, January 18, 2021

Guernica Editions seeks fiction and nonfiction, plus submissions now open for The Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction

Guernica Editions

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Since being established in 1978, Guernica Editions has published over 500 titles from around the world. Headquartered in Montreal and Toronto, Guernica is headed up by Connie McParland {Publisher and Chief Administrative Officer} and Michael Mirolla {Publisher and Editor in Chief}.

The publisher has two imprints: Guernica which publishes literary and cultural material {fiction, nonfiction and poetry}, and MiroLand which publishes memoir, how-to, self-help, graphic novels, art books, cookbooks and children's literature, as well as genre literature. If you’re querying MiroLand, be sure to specify this in your query.

Query Guernica via the form found on their guidelines and contact page here

Note: Guernica is open to submissions only between January 1 and April 30.

To submit a manuscript to Guernica, send it as a Word attachment to:

Manuscripts should be single-spaced, in a 12-point easy-to-read type. If at all possible, please give the manuscript file a name that includes the title and the author; e.g.: The Trial, Franz Kafka. Full submission guidelines here.

Guernica also has an annual prize for unpublished novels: The Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction, which recognizes the best literary fiction novel that pushes boundaries and is cutting edge. Each entry must be an unpublished novel of at least 40,000 words.

A $50 entry fee (online submission through Submittable only) must accompany each submission.

The prize consists of $1,000 and a publication contract with Guernica Editions. The winning author agrees to publication with Guernica.

The Guernica Prize is open to Canadian citizens and/or residents of Canada only.

Deadline April 30, 2021. Full guidelines here.

Literary agent Alice Speilburg

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to get Published workshops: Sunday, January 24, with Barbara Berson of the Helen Heller Agency (see here), and Saturday, March 6, with Alice Speilburg of the Speilburg Literary 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}.

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.

Spring  classes:

Online: Welcome to Creative Writing, an introductory, low pressure course to get the creative juices flowing, Thursday evenings, April 15 – June 24 {no class May 27}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, nine weeks of creativity and fellowship. Thursday afternoons, April 15 – June 24 {no class May 27}. 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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