Submissions Guidelines for Authors

Oolichan Books is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts until March 2017.

If you wish to submit your material for our consideration at that time . . .

We publish literary fiction, poetry, young adult titles, and creative nonfiction. If your work falls under one of these categories, we would be happy to see a sample of your writing.

We publish approximately eight to ten titles each year. These include four or five poetry titles, and two or more each of fiction and creative-non-fiction. We do not accept emailed or faxed submissions or queries. All queries and submissions must be sent by mail. Please submit a sample of ten poems, or the first three chapters of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript.

Please include a cover letter, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your materials. Please note: we do not read or respond to manuscripts that do not have a SASE enclosed. We accept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, so please don't send us originals, or your only copy. The manuscript should be typed and double-spaced, with page numbers clearly marked, on white unbound pages. Let us know of any credentials or experiences that particularly qualify you to write your book, and include a list of previous publications, reviews and awards you may have received. If you have access to special markets or promotional opportunities for your book, we’d like to know about them as well.

We receive hundreds of submissions each year, so please be patient. It takes us time to read and respond to your work. We accept multiple submissions, but let us know that yours is being submitted to other publishers and inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. We publish only Canadian writers. We do not consider fantasy, science fiction, romance, children's illustrated titles, thriller or mass market fiction, or rhyming greeting-card style verse.

Thank you for your interest in Oolichan Books. We look forward to reading your work.

Submissions may be mailed to the following address:
P.O. Box 2278
Fernie, B.C. Canada
V0B 1M0