Submission Policy

Since its inception Douglas & McIntyre has sought to publish voices from under represented communities and identities in Canada including LGBTQ2+, Indigenous, Black, Asian and South Asian people, people of colour,  and women, and the press continues to strive for inclusiveness in its program.

We accept unsolicited manuscripts and regularly receive over 1,000 per year, which we process as time permits. We publish predominately Canadian authors. We confirm receipt of all manuscripts.

We accept electronic submissions via Submittable. We no longer accept submissions via email. If you have a query about the submissions policy not covered below, we can be reached at

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We still accept hard copy submissions via mail. Please begin with a letter of enquiry which includes an outline or summary, bio, publication credits (if applicable) and a sample of the work. Manuscripts must be legible. Please send your submission to:


Douglas & McIntyre
P.O. Box 219
Madeira Park, BC
V0N 2H0

Please write your name and address on the manuscript, not just the envelope and cover letter. Although we will make our best effort to return materials when requested and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) is included, we do not guarantee it. Manuscripts can and do get lost. All submissions are made at the sender’s own risk, even where the press has indicated interest. Do not send original art or photos.

Acceptance Procedure

If the press is interested in publishing your work, you may be asked to submit an author questionnaire listing previous publications, vital statistics, etc. We may also make suggestions as to how your manuscript can be changed to make it more publishable. You may be also shown a contract for perusal so you may understand the terms under which our authors work. None of these things constitute a commitment to publish the work. That occurs only when a contract is signed by both parties.

Contract Terms

We offer full distribution across Canada and into the U.S. and U.K. where appropriate. Foreign language rights and subsidiary rights (film, etc.) are actively marketed. The press prefers to acquire world rights to the work and pays industry standard royalties. Advances are negotiable, based on the commercial potential of the book.