Monday, February 1, 2021

Thistledown Press seeks novels, short story collections, creative nonfiction and YA novels

Ivy's Tree, a novel by Wendy Burton
published by Thistledown

Thistledown Press

P.O.Box 30105 Westview,

Saskatoon, SK  S7L 7M6

Since being established in Saskatoon in 1975, Thistledown Press has published more than 300 books. Thistledown is committed to publishing literary work of exceptional merit, including novels, short story collections, creative nonfiction, and – occasionally – collections of poetry that they find irresistible.  They will consider young adult novels but do not publish children’s books.

Thistledown only publishes Canadian authors and has a preference for Western Canadian voices {but nor only for Western voices}.  Like everyone, they’re “committed to diversity in all its richness and complexity.”

All queries must be submitted by post, on paper.  In your query package, please include:

  • A cover letter that describes your work and its appeal to readers of Canadian literature
  • An author bio that includes your publication history
  • A brief marketing analysis
  • A selection of work from your manuscript.  Depending on the genre, send us the first thirty pages of a novel or nonfiction manuscript, two or three short stories, or fifteen–twenty poems.  Manuscripts must be typed in a standard 12-point font, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper
  • Your contact information, including email address

Thistledown reads submissions lonely between September 1 and May 31.

Full submission 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 workshop Saturday, March 6, with Alice Speilburg of the Speilburg Literary Agency (see here).

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

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

Online: Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshop with Kids Can Press editor Kathleen Keenan, Saturday, Feb 27 (see here),

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

Online: How to Build Your Novel, with author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Sunday, April 11. Details here.

Online: Beginning Right – How to open your novel, Saturday, May 15. 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.  

Online Writing Kid Lit and Young Adult Fiction weekly Wednesday evenings, April 21 – June 16. Details here.

Writing retreat:

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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