LLP publishing programWe are glad to receive queries from Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada of all backgrounds who are interested in submitting an original fiction or non-fiction manuscript.
We publish in print and electronic formats, and we normally buy world rights.
We have a particular interest in short books and distinctive authorial voices, and we're interested in knowing what the market is for your book.
Literary quality is our main criterion, with diversity and inclusion very much on our minds. We have published writers of colour, immigrant writers, many members of minority language communities, both francophone and anglophone, LGBTQ writers, and a wide variety of others. However, we are a small press publishing about 10 titles a year, including work in French and work in translation. We therefore have to be extremely selective and can publish only a fraction of the quality manuscripts we receive.
What goes into our decision? Many factors, including the makeup of our list as a whole, which we wish to reflect the diversity we see all around us. A book's marketability, for the press's survival--and our authors' careers-- depend in large part on book sales. The freshness of the voice, as we will have to pass on a ms. similar in tone or subject matter to one we published a year or two ago. And much else besides. Send us your best work, and if it doesn't fit our current needs, we hope you'll find a good home for it elsewhere.
We regret that we are not in a position to offer an opinion of your submission, nor of what other houses might wish to publish, and we cannot facilitate your submission elsewhere.
In fiction, only novels and novellas will be considered.
For non-fiction, in the LLP Singles series of short essays, manuscripts should be 20,000 - 30,000 words in length. We also consider longer works of trade non-fiction. You can consult the Canada Council's definition of literary non-fiction to see if your title would be considered eligible for funding.
In translations, we have many in the works, but can still consider submissions for 2020.
LLP does not publish: poetry, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, graphic novels, cartoons, collections of essays or interviews, books for young people, and previously published work. Because of funding criteria, we do not normally publish reprints.
How do you know if your book is right for LLP--and LLP is right for you? Read more on this website, familiarize yourself with the Books page, and read some of the books we have already published.
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