Wolsak and Wynn is pleased to offer the following guidelines to assist you in preparing your submission. As we receive a high volume of submissions, please allow three to six months for reply.
General Submissions Guidelines:
We do not consider unsolicited manuscripts, but we strongly encourage authors to send a letter of enquiry with a small sample of the work. If we are interested, we will ask to see more, otherwise the sample is returned, provided that a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage accompanies the manuscript.
A self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage (SASE) or International Reply Coupons (IRCs) is essential for a response and the return of your material. If you would like confirmation of the receipt of your work, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for us to return to you.
We do not accept material that has been previously published in book form, including new editions of books previously published.
We do not consider electronically transmitted material.
Additional genre specific guidelines follow below, we hope they are helpful in preparing your enquiry.
For over 25 years Wolsak and Wynn has been proud to publish some of Canada's best poetry and to contribute to the literary culture in our country.
We accept poetry submissions from January 1st to March 31st each year; submissions sent outside this period will be returned. As we receive a high volume of submissions during this time, please allow up to six months after the end of the submission period for reply.
Along with your letter of enquiry, please include a sample of 15–20 poems, single spaced on one-sided, white bond paper, with no more than one poem per page.
We prefer no style over another, as long as the poems are intelligent and well-written, have energy, and hold the reader's interest.
Wolsak and Wynn publishes poetry in small editions of 500 to 700, and reprints as necessary. Our poetry books vary in length from 64 to 96 pages.
Please clearly indicate on the outer envelope: Poetry Submission.
Since 2006 Wolsak and Wynn has been pleased to add select literary non-fiction titles to our publication list.
As we publish few non-fiction titles each year, we are interested in works of high literary merit, and strong, topical content.
Along with your letter of enquiry, please include a sample chapter and proposed table of contents, double spaced on one-sided, white bond paper. A list of your publication credits and publishing experience is helpful in providing context to your work.
Please clearly mark on the outer envelope: Non-Fiction Submission.
Please mail your submission to;
c/o Noelle Allen
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
280 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3
We hope these guidelines are useful to you.
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