Submission Policy

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

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 submissions via CanSubmit. We no longer accept unsolicited submissions via email. If you experience technical difficulties using CanSubmit, or have a query about the submissions policy not covered below, we can be reached at

Click here to send us your proposal.

Please register a CanSubmit account and then complete the form with information about you and your book, including  sample chapters or complete manuscript as an attached Word doc file or PDF.

Acceptance Procedure

If the press is interested in publishing your work, we may contact you for more information. 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 (audiobook, 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.