Guidelines 

Thank you for your interest in Second Story Press. We are currently accepting samples of unsolicited manuscripts. 

We are a Canadian feminist press publishing books of special interest to women. Our list is a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and books for young readers. We look for manuscripts dealing with the many diverse and varied aspects of the lives of girls and women, as well as social justice, diversity, and children's empowerment. If you are interested in submitting, we strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the books we have published in the past. If you feel that your manuscript fits with our list, please send it according to the instructions here. 

If you are an American author, you should consider sending your manuscript to one of the many US publishing houses; we focus on Canadian authors (either citizens or permanent residents of Canada). We rarely make exceptions to this rule, which pertains to other international authors as well.

Please note that we do not publish poetry, short story collections, traditional romance novels, rhyming picture books, or books with anthropomorphized animals. Also keep in mind that as a feminist press, we are looking for non-sexist, non-racist, and non-violent stories.


What to submit

In addition to a query letter, it is a good idea to include a C.V. with information about academic history, relevant work and previous publishing credits (where applicable). This is particularly important for those submitting certain types of non-fiction. 

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction: Please send a detailed synopsis with up to 3 sample chapters.
Children’s/Teen Books: Please send a synopsis and up to 3 sample chapters.
Children's Picture Books: Please send the entire manuscript. You do not need to include illustrations if you are not a professional illustrator.

If we are interested, we will respond with a request for the complete manuscript.


Illustrators

We also accept illustrator portfolios. Please send samples of your work and a C.V. either by mail to our office address or by e-mail to illustrators@secondstorypress.ca. We will only respond if interested, but will keep your portfolio on hand for future projects. If sent by mail, your portfolio will not be returned. 

 

Sending your submission

Send your synopsis/sample to our office address:

Second Story Press
Attn: Submissions
20 Maud Street, Suite 401
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5V 2M5

  • All submissions must include a SASE (self-addresses stamped envelope, stamped with sufficient postage) so that we are able to return your manuscript and/or send you a reply. We cannot return your submission without this SASE, nor can we send you a reply letter.
  • We do not accept manuscript submissions via email or on disk/CD/USB.
  • We will not reply to unsolicited queries via social media.
  • Do keep a copy of your manuscript! Although we make every effort to keep it safe and sound, we cannot assume responsibility for your only copy.

As we receive numerous manuscripts, please allow a period of at least 6 to 9 months for us to consider your submission. We read submissions on our own time, outside of work, so please be patient.