Tuesday, March 26, 2024

New Canadian publisher Stonehewer Books is looking for debut fiction writers and experienced nonfiction authors

Stonehewer Books

Victoria, BC, and Toronto, Ont.


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Stonehewer Books is a brand new small Canadian press, aiming to publish three or four books a year of nonfiction by established authors and fiction by emerging writers. It published its first two nonfiction titles on February 13, 2024 (Conversations with a Dead Man by Mark Abley) and on March 5 (The Death of Tony, by Antanas Sileika), and its first work of fiction on March 12 (Blue Runaways, a short story collection by Jann Everard).

Publisher George Galt says, “My ambition is not to lose a lot of money. No one makes a lot of money in small-press land. Everybody knows that. But you know, do a good thing, publish some good books – to me that’s a satisfying adventure” (here).  

Stonehewer’s fiction line is specifically dedicated to books by new authors; that is authors who have not previously published a work of fiction or who are looking to place their second manuscript, either a novel or short story collection. In fiction, Stonehewer is primarily focused on novels but will also look at short story collections. (No children’s books or young adult fiction.) You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

They’re interested in: “any manuscript with a legitimate claim to literary excellence. If your manuscript has distinct characters, good ideas, and a clear voice – and hopefully some semblance of a real plot – we are happy to consider it.”

Submit your fiction to: stonehewerfiction@gmail.com

Attach the full manuscript as a Word document. Full guidelines for the Emerging Writers Fiction line here.


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In nonfiction, Stonehewer is looking for “elegant and imaginative works in the areas of memoir, history, biography, literary travelogues, and belles lettres. They favour Canadian authors (or presumably permanent residents) who have been previously published in magazines, literary journals, and books.

Query Stonehewer regarding your nonfiction at: stonehewerbooks@gmail.com

Include a full description of your book, a list of your previous publications, and the first 40 pages of your manuscript in the body of your email. No attachments. Full nonfiction guidelines here.

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For information about other publishers that are looking for manuscripts, see here (and scroll down).

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