Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Two Saskatchewan publishers looking for books: Thistledown and University of Regina Press

Peacekeeper's Daughter, a memoir
 by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt, coming Sept 2021
from Thistledown Press

Thistledown Press

P.O. Box 30105 Westview
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7L 7M6


Thistledown is committed to publishing literary work of exceptional merit, including novels, short story collections, creative non-fiction, and—occasionally—collections of poetry that we find irresistible.  We will consider YA novels but we do not publish children’s books. We only publish Canadian authors, and acknowledge a preference for Western Canadian voices.  We are committed to diversity in all its richness and complexity.

Thistledown reads submissions between Sept 1 and May 31.

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

  • Corridor Nine, a novel
    by Sophie Stocking,
    published by Thistledown
    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 the first thirty pages of a novel or nonfiction manuscript, two or three short stories, or 15 – 20 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 

Please do not submit more than once. Revised or updated manuscripts will not be read, so please ensure that you are happy with your submission before you send it. Feel free to contact the acquisitions editor if you had not had a response after 8 weeks.  

Thistledown accepts simultaneous submissions, but requests that you advise them if this is the case and contact them if you receive a publishing offer from another press. They do not, however, accept more than one manuscript at a time from an individual author. “Please send us your best work.”

Full submission guidelines here.

Cold Case North by Michael Nest
published by U of R Press

University of Regina Press

University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 0A2


University of Regina Press publishes both trade books (of interest to the general public) and scholarly books in the humanities, social sciences and literary arts on a wide range of subjects covering Indigenous themes, Canadian history, political topics, environmental topics, social justice, and gender and sexuality. No fiction.

When considering manuscripts, they look at both the subject of the book and the quality of the writing. With a mission to "save the humanities from itself," they are looking not only for top-notch scholarship but also for writing that can be understood by non-specialists.

“Our First NationsLanguage Readers series is ongoing. Our goal is to publish books on all of Canada's sixty-plus Indigenous languages.

“The Oskana Series inPoetry and Poetics publishes contemporary poetry and essays on poetry's cultural role. The series is still expanding and open to all genres of poetry.”

Query the U of R Press at: uofrpress.acquisitions@uregina.ca

See full submission guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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