Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Two independent publishers looking for manuscripts

Granted by Jeffrey Donaldson
published by Porcupine's Quill

The Porcupine’s Quill

68 Main Street, Box 160
Erin, Ontario  N0B 1T0


The Porcupine’s Quill describes itself as “an artisanal book publisher that values the art and craft of the book in form and content. For over forty years, we have endeavored to preserve the culture of the printed word by applying our expertise in the art of 20th-century offset printing technology in the creation of high-quality books that look and feel like 19th-century letterpress products. Most of the production work is completed at the shop on Main Street in Erin Village, where books are printed on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, folded, and then sewn into sig natures on a 1905 model Smyth National Book sewing machine.

“Editorially, we specialize in acquiring work by Canadian authors whose voices are new, underrepresented or verging on oblivion. We particularly focus on books that represent the intersection between literature and other creative disciplines: between text and image, memoir and music, letterpress and offset. Our selectively acquired fiction and poetry features authors at all stages of their careers, and our non-fiction reaches beyond literature into music, art, pop culture and politics. We are proud to be one of very few presses in Canada to produce wordless novels and popularly priced trade replicas of hand-printed, limited edition artists’ books.

To submit, please send a query letter, synopsis, and writing sample to: pqlporcupettes@gmail.com

Send 35 pages max. Include "Submission to Porcupine's Quill" in the subject line of your email.

Consult Porcupine’s blog for hints, tips and tricks for writing a synopsis and for navigating the submission processat the Porcupine's Quill.

Full submission guidelines here.


Safety in Bear Country by Heather Paul
published by NON

NON {Now or Never} Publishing

901 163 Street
Surrey, BC V4A 9T8


NON specializes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir by new and established Canadian literary talent.

“Okay, so we’re ready to start looking at book submissions again. But we expect to fall behind almost immediately, so before you send anything, please make sure you’ve looked at (and maybe even read!) our other books.

“As this is the future we’ve all been eagerly anticipating, we now only accept email submissions. And so, with that in mind, send us whatever the hell you want. We will probably take forever to respond, and we do apologize for that. However, if you’re still interested, please send us the complete manuscript; it’s tough to consider sample chapters or poems when you’re just not that bright. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks for letting us see your work.

“Again, though, no snail mail. We really can’t stress that enough. Our office is tiny, messy, and poorly managed at the best of times. Oh yeah, and we’re apparently a “literary publisher interested in contemporary Canadian fiction and poetry,” whatever the heck that means. It probably means that, at present, we only consider work by Canadian authors. So there.”

Submit your manuscript to publisher Chris Needham: chris@nonpublishing.com

Author Kira Vermond, one of the guest speakers
for the weekly Writing Kid Lit course 

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our in-person How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga, with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary. As this is an in-person workshop, attendance will be strictly limited. Details here.

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

Weekly classes starting soon:

Online: Enjoying Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 11 – Dec 6, 2022 {Or to Dec 13 if the course fills up.} Details here.

Writing Kid Lit with guest speakers Lana Button and Kira Vermond, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct 12 – Dec 7, 2022 {Or to Dec 14 if the course fills up}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Monday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:30, Oct 24 – Dec 5, 2022 {Or to Dec 12 if the course fills up.) Details here

Details of all fall classes here.

Join us at a Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn

Writing Retreats: 

October in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, Oct 14 – Monday Oct 17, 2022. Details here. – Waiting list only for this one, but…

New: March in Muskoka Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27, 2023. Details here.


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