Monday, February 26, 2024

Tidewater Press wants your book-length manuscripts, plus short Xmas pieces for anthology

Nothing in the Truth Can Harm Us
a novel by Colleen Rene
published by Tidewater Press

Tidewater Press

617 Belmont Street
New Westminster, BC

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Tidewater Press publishes four to five titles per year. Currently, they’re also looking for submissions for an anthology of Christmas epiphanies.

Tidewater was founded in 2017 to produce well-written, engaging titles that give readers a fresh perspective on themselves and their world.  They want to publish adult fiction and nonfiction books that enlighten as they entertain.

Their fiction aims to subvert or play with standard literary tropes and explore topical themes.

Their nonfiction titles are meant to educate and illuminate Canadian stories, historic or contemporary. They should all have strong narratives, told or written from personal perspectives, that explore Canadian society, values and history. The scale may be intimate or international, but the dynamic is always one that explores individual and collective identity.

“Our mandate is to give voice to those whose background and experience don’t yet meet the requirements of larger publishing houses. They may be from minority, marginalized or socially disadvantaged groups, or they may be writers who have not fully developed their craft. We do not, however, restrict our acquisitions to authors who fit this profile, but we are proud of our ability to identify and encourage new voices on an ongoing basis.

“Tidewater Press seeks out stories that matter by writers who struggle to be heard.”

They accept submissions of both literary fiction and nonfiction that meet the following criteria:

  • The story (whether fiction or nonfiction) is fresh, topical and will resonate with at least one defined, special interest constituency.
  • The story (whether fiction or nonfiction) is compelling and is intended to give readers new insight into at least one aspect of contemporary life or Canadian history. Stories falling within a standard genre will be considered only if they transcend the normally recognized conventions of their genre.
  • The author is committed to producing a quality book and is genuinely willing to engage in a rigorous editing process.
  • The author has the ability and intention to actively support and promote the title after publication.

Submit through Tidewater’s submissions page here.

Include a brief synopsis (up to 500 words) in your submission and and the full manuscript or an excerpt.

Call for submissions for a new anthology:

Upon a Midnight Clear – A new anthology of Christmas epiphanies

Better Next Year, published by Tidewater Press in 2023, was a runaway, seasonal publishing success story. Submissions are now open for a second anthology, Upon a Midnight Clear, again edited by JJ Lee.  New and emerging Canadian writers are invited to contribute to this new collection of stories that illuminate the best of worst of Christmas, to be published November, 2024.

JJ Lee, is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit (2011), a finalist for the Governor General’s, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust and Charles Taylor prizes for nonfiction.

“We are seeking powerful, amusing, moving and heartfelt stories from established and emerging Canadian authors from across the country in an anthology that debunks the popular depiction of Christmas while delivering its messages of hope and renewal.”

Writers of colour, immigrants, Indigenous authors and the other usual suspects are especially invited. 

Submissions of creative nonfiction/memoir should be 3,500 to 5,000 words in length.

Deadline March 31, 2024.

Full submission guidelines, including a helpful video here.

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