Saturday, March 11, 2023

McClelland & Stewart seeks literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry

Old Babes in the Woods by Margaret Atwood
published by McClelland & Stewart

McClelland & Stewart

320 Front Street
Toronto, Ontario

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McClelland & Stewart is an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. Formerly an independent company, it’s been around for 100 years and has published many of Canada’s best-known authors.

McClelland & Stewart is open to submissions of literary fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction March 1 through March 31 and will again be open for submissions September 1 through September 30. Outside these two months, M&S accepts submissions only through literary agents.

Ficti0n and nonfiction manuscripts have no strict length requirements, but 80,000 to 100,000 words would be typical. For poetry 7,000–10,000 words is ideal (about 70 pages and up).

Submit to: 

For fiction and poetry, attach your full manuscript as a doc file (e.g. a Word document) or as a PDF.

For nonfiction, attach a preliminary chapter list with a short one to two sentence blurb about each chapter to give us a sense of how you plan to address your topic, along with a writing sample. 

Full submission guidelines here.

Author Kira Vermond, one of the guest speakers
for the Writing Kid Lit course starting April 2

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and 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).

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule for the spring continues to take shape….


Online: Writing  Kid Lit, with two children's authors as guest speakers, Sunday afternoons,  1–3 p.m. April 2 – May 28. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday afternoons, 1–3 p.m. April 11 –  May 30, 2023 (Or to June 6 if the course fills up). Details here

Online: Welcome to Creative Writing,  Wednesday evenings, 7–9 p.m, April 12 – June 7 (Or to June 14 if the course fills up). Details here.

In-person: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, 7–9 p.m, April 20 – June 15, 2023 (Or to June 22 if the course fills up. No class June 8) in Burlington. Details here.

New: Online: Intensive Creative Writing, 3 different sessions: 

     Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., April 18 – June 20
     Wednesday afternoons, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., April 12 – June 21
     and Friday mornings, 10:00 a,m. – 12:30 p.m., April 14 – June 23 (no class June 9) – Waiting         list only for the Friday class.

     Details for all three Intensive courses here.

Reserve your spots now before the courses fill up. Email:

Author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn


Online: Finding Your Voice, Saturday, April 15, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., with author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Details here.

Writing Retreat:

Late summer Writing Retreat in Algonquin Park at  Arowhon Pines Resort. Tuesday, Sept 5 – Friday, Sept 8. Details here. We still have room in this retreat.

To reserve a spot or for more details about any course, workshop or retreat, email

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


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