Book*hug Submission Guidelines

Book*hug publishes contemporary literary fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, literature in translation and drama. We do not publish genre fiction (mystery, science fiction, historical romance), cookbooks, or self-help books.

BookThug is committed to an ongoing conversation about the possibilities of what literature is, or can be. We welcome submissions that will help us make this conversation as rich as possible. 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 LGBTQ2S+ community, deaf and disabled writers, and women and women-identifying writers to submit their work for consideration.”

Our Fiction Editor is Malcolm Sutton.
Our Poetry Editor is Jay MillAr.
Our Nonfiction Editor is Julie Joosten. (The Essais Series)


ATT: Jay Millar, Publisher
260 Ryding Avenue
Toronto Ontario
Canada M6N 1H5

For queries, email
Please indicate Poetry in the subject line.


Department of Narrative Studies
Malcolm Sutton, Fiction Editor
Please indicate fiction submission in the subject line.

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


The Essais Series
Julie Joosten, Editor

Please indicate Nonfiction Submission in the subject line
Read an announcement
about The Essais Series here.

Some general information regarding submissions:

  • Ensure that your name, address, phone number and email are on the manuscript
  • Please include an introductory letter that describes your work and in which you compare your work to two other Book*hug titles or authors.
  • 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 are mailing a poetry submission and 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 between 20-24 books a year, 10-12 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.