Thank you for your interest in Freehand Books. Before submitting, please read our submission guidelines carefully.

NOVEMBER 2, 2020 UPDATE: We have closed submissions between November 1 and December 31, 2020, as we work to catch up with the unusually large number of submissions that we’re received this summer and fall. We will not read anything new that arrives during this time. We will reopen to submissions on January 1, 2021. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing your submissions then!

Our submission guidelines are below, so you can prepare your submission in the meantime.

Freehand publishes innovative and literary novels, short story collections, graphic literature, and works of creative non-fiction.  We do not currently publish poetry, young adult fiction, or children’s books. We only publish Canadian authors. We are particularly interested at this time in submissions of graphic literature (memoir, etc).

Freehand Books supports and is deeply interested in diversity, and we welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers from the LGBTQ2S community, writers with disabilities, and women. We are especially open to work that challenges expectations and expands readers’—and our own—empathy and knowledge. We are also interested in publishing Western Canadian writers, as we are proudly based in Calgary. Most of all, we look for well-crafted work of exceptional literary merit.

In your query package, please include:

  • A cover letter that describes your work and explains how your book would complement our publishing program
  • An author bio that includes your publication history
  • A brief marketing analysis
  • The first 40 pages of the manuscript, typed in a standard 12-point font, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper (Do not send more than 40 pages, as we cannot return your manuscript to you. If our editorial board is interested, we will ask to see more.)
  • Your contact information, including your email address

Please do not submit more than once. Revised or updated manuscripts will not be read, so please ensure that you are happy with your submission before you send it.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that you advise us if this is the case and contact us if you receive a publishing offer from another press. We do not, however, accept more than one manuscript at a time – please send us your best work.

We try to respond to submissions within six months. We will communicate with authors by email, so please include an email address where you can be reached.

We do not accept disks or USB sticks. We do not discuss queries over the phone.

Please send your submissions via mail. Mailing address will be added when submissions reopen in January 2021.

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your submission in 2021!

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