BookThug Submission Guidelines

BookThug publishes contemporary literary fiction , non-fiction, poetry and drama. We do not publish genre fiction (mystery, science fiction, historical romance), cookbooks, or self-help books. Please note that unless specifically requested we do not accept manuscripts sent by email or fax.

BookThug is committed to an ongoing conversation about the possibilities of what literature is, or could be. We welcome submissions that will help us make this conversation as rich as possible. We especially encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers from the LGBTQ community, writers with disabilities, and women writers to submit their work for consideration.

Our Fiction Editor is Malcolm Sutton.
Our Poetry Editors are Phil Hall and Jay MillAr.
Our Non-Fiction Editor is Julie Joosten.


ATT: Jay Millar, Publisher
260 Ryding Avenue
Toronto Ontario
Canada M6N 1H5
[for queries email jay at bookthug dot ca]


Department of Narrative Studies
Malcolm Sutton, Fiction Editor
466 Clinton Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6G 2Z4
[for queries email malcolm at bookthug dot ca]

Read an interview with Malcolm Sutton about what he looks for in a manuscript here.

  • Ensure that your name, address, phone number and email are on the manuscript; do not send discs of any kind.
  • Please include an introductory letter that describes your work and in which you compare your work to two BookThug titles.
  • Ensure that your manuscript is typed, double-spaced with single-sided pages. Double spacing is not necessary for poetry manuscripts.
  • Please include a literary CV that lists your publication history.
  • If you would like your manuscript back, please enclose a large enough self-addressed envelope with sufficient pre-paid postage. If you don’t want your manuscript returned, please include a note giving us permission to recycle or destroy it if we aren’t interested in it.
  • Make sure to tell us if it is a multiple submission. If your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere prior to hearing back from us, please ensure that you contact us to inform us of this immediately so that we can remove your proposal from the pile. This courtesy saves everyone a lot of time.

We receive many manuscripts for consideration each year. We publish 18-20 books a year, 9-10 per season (spring and fall) in a variety of genres. We do our very best to give your manuscript the proper attention. We appreciate you being patient, so please do not call or email us to check on the status of your proposal. If all goes well you should hear back from us about your manuscript in approximately 6 months. If you wish for us to acknowledge receipt of your submission, please include a note along with your manuscript requesting this and we will send you a confirmation email.