Saturday, August 6, 2022

Four independent Ontario publishers looking for Kid Lit and Adult fiction, poetry, and nonfiction

Keep the Light Burning by Cori Mordaunt
published by Brucedale Press

The Brucedale Press

Box 2259
Port Elgin, Ontario N0H 2C0

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The Brucedale Press is a very small independent publisher that produces literary, historical, and pictorial works with a strong focus on the Queen's Bush and Bruce Peninsula area of Ontario, Canada. Brucedale publishes books both for children (up to grade 5) and adults. All books must be from Canadian authors and illustrators. 

Unless responding to an invitation to submit, query first by Canada Post with outline and sample chapter for book-length manuscripts. Send full manuscript for work intended for children. A brief resume of your writing efforts and successes is always of interest, and may bring future invitations, even if your present offering is not accepted for publication.

Brucedale also published The Leaf, a twice-yearly literary journal. The Leaf presents poetry, short fiction, reviews, essay, and author profiles from the  Bruce Peninsula & Queen's Bush, traditional territory of the Saugeen Anishinaabek. Read more about Leaf here.

It also publishes the winners of the annual Acrostic Contest – which requires you to write a story in 26 sentences, the first starting with A, the last with Z. The theme and details of the 24th annual contest will be announced in the fall of 2022. See here.

See Brucedale’s full submission guidelines here.


Brat by Sophie Crocker
published by Gordon Hill Press

Gordon Hill Press

130 Dublin Street North
Guelph, Ontario

Gordon Hill Press is a publisher of poetry and stylistically innovative fiction, nonfiction, and literary criticism (especially literary criticism concerning poetry). Gordon Hill strives to publish exemplary writing by a diversity of writers, particularly writers living with invisible disability. They only accept Canadian authors

Please send submissions to:

If submitting poetry or poetry criticism, provide your whole manuscript. If submitting fiction or nonfiction, provide an excerpt of up to 25 pages.

Full submission guidelines here


At Last Count by Claire Ross Dunn
published by Invisible Publishing

Invisible Publishing

Picton, Ontario
(In Prince Edward County)

Invisible is a not-for -profit company that publishes contemporary literary fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, with an emphasis on Canadian authors. All narrative works with contemporary themes will be considered (Invisible is not interested in children’s or YA projects, historical fiction, memoirs, or self-help books.)

We are committed to publishing diverse voices and stories in beautifully designed and affordable editions. At heart, we are makers: we work hard on every book we publish to ensure the author’s vision is fully realized, and to help them reach as many readers as possible.”

Like everyone else, Invisible is “committed to publishing diverse voices and experiences, and acknowledge historical and systemic barriers that exist in publishing, along with the limits of our existing catalogue. Given these, we strongly encourage LGBTQ2SIA+, Indigenous and writers of colour to submit their work”

Full submission guidelines and online submission form here.


Denial by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
published by Lorimer

Lorimer Children and Teens – Canada 

117 Peter St., Suite 304
Toronto, ON, M5V 0M3

Lorimer describes itself as “a progressive, issues-based publishing house.” It’s seeking books from Canadian authors in five areas:

YA LGBTQ2S+ Romance by queer authors, 20,000–25,000 words. Hi interest, low reading ability.

YA or Middle Grade environmental justice fiction, 20,000–30,000 words or texts for graphic novels.

YA or Middle Grade fiction by racialized voices, 20,000–30,000 words or texts for graphic novels.

YA or Middle Grade activism fiction (Sexism, Racism, Climate Change, and Economic/Class injustice), 20,000–30,000 words or texts for graphic novels.

Nonfiction: Particular areas of interest are Indigenous and marginalized perspectives in civics, history, science and math; collected histories on injustices against marginalized groups; true accounts of real kids/teens that inspire activism in the areas of racism, environmental justice, mental health, feminism, and economic disparity.

Submit to:

Lorimer is also actively seeking illustrators for graphic novels and nonfiction topics.

Before submitting, see full guidelines here.

If you’re interested in publishing your book, join us for an upcoming How to Get Published workshop. See here.

And if you’re particularly interested in writing for children or for young adults, join us at an upcoming one-day Kid Lit workshop or weekly course. See here {and scroll down).

See details of all upcoming writing retreats, one-day workshops, and weekly classes here

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. For book publishers in general, see here {and scroll down}. For more children’s and young adult publishers, see here {and scroll down}.

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