PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS AS OF JANUARY 17 2020. We will still consider you if you are a Black or Indigenous author (please send a query to pressesrenaissancepress (at) gmail (dot) com.)
Our submissions are currently OPEN.
Please read the entire page carefully, as submissions which do not meet our guidelines will be automatically rejected.
All submissions should be sent by e-mail at pressesrenaissancepress(at)gmail(dot)com.
What we want
Renaissance is dedicated to publishing novels and graphic novels from diverse Canadian voices. We publish fiction in every genre, though we have a strong preference for the stories which don’t fit neatly in one genre.
We specialize in fiction but are open to narrative non-fiction and memoirs.
We also ask that if your novel is part of a series, that the books be a complete story by themselves, as in, please do not end your first novel on a cliffhanger or submit the third volume in a series that cannot be read on its own.
Diverse Canadian voices
As publishers of diverse Canadian voices, we publish primarily Canadian authors, and we prioritize stories by and about marginalized people, specifically people of colour (especially Black and Indigenous people of colour,) members of the LGBTQIA2P+ community, and disabled people (including chronically ill and mentally ill people.) If you are a member of a marginalized group, we encourage you to self-identify in your submissions.
What we don’t want
We are not looking for short story anthologies, nor are we considering poetry.
We will automatically reject stories which encourage and glorify child abuse, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and rape culture.
We accept simultaneous submissions under the following provisions: you must tell us whether or not your submission is exclusive when you send it, and should you be accepted somewhere else, we ask to be notified immediately.
For legal reasons, we ask that you be 18 or older if you submit your work to us.
Word count guidelines
We are interested in novels between 40,000 words and 100,000 words. We will consider anything outside of these guidelines on a case by case basis.
Previously published/self-published work
We will consider previously published manuscripts (including sequels to a series which has first been published somewhere else) on a case by case basis. However, you must own all copyrights to your work and be free of any contract with any other publisher before submitting to us.
Preparing your manuscript for submission
Please make sure your manuscript is ready for submission before sending it to us. First of all, make sure it is complete; we will not consider any works in progress. Also, make sure you do not send in your first draft; please make your revisions and send us your most polished work. You should show your work to at least one person (who isn’t your mother or your best friend) before you send it to us.
Remember: we will make our decision based on the quality of what we have in front of us.
What to send
Please note that we accept electronic submissions via email ONLY.
Send us a query or cover letter including your name, contact information, title, genre, and final word count of your manuscript, as well as a short blurb. Let us know if it is meant to be part of a series, and include any other relevant information as described above. After your letter, we ask that you send a short, 1-2 page synopsis of your story (and we mean your entire story, including the end, so we can tell whether or not the story progresses logically to its climax, and is absent of plot holes.)
Put the subject heading “Submission: Your title, your name”, and paste your letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages in the body of your email. Along with that, please attach your first three chapters (or first 60 pages for non-chapter divisions, or chapters which are exceptionally long or short.) Please do not end your sample in the middle of a sentence, and save it as a word document. We will not open .zip files. For more information on how to format your three chapter sample, please read “sending your full manuscript” below.
Sending your full manuscript
We ask that you do not send your full manuscript at first. If we like your project, we will ask for it, and ask that you format it according to the following: your manuscript should be formatted with a serif font, such as Times New Roman or Courier, double-spaced, left aligned. Please include contact information at the beginning of your manuscript, and put page numbers in the upper right corner, along with your last name and title. Make sure to put a page break at the beginning of your chapters instead of pressing enter, and save it as a Word document.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY SUBMISSION WHICH FAILS TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE DISREGARDED AND UNANSWERED.
We currently take about one month to respond to a query and three months to reply to a full manuscript submission, though we make every effort to answer as soon as possible. We review and answer the submissions in the order in which they were received. We will let you know whether or not we are interested in your work. If you do not get a reply, feel free to send an email to pressesrenaissancepress (at) gmail (dot) com inquiring as to the status of your work.
What we are looking for
We’re looking for novel-length works, and though we will consider colour submissions, we are looking to publish black and white / grayscale works.
How to query
Please follow the guidelines for querying novels, but instead of the first 60 pages, please attach the first 15 complete pages of finished art.
Renaissance has a brand-new gaming department. We are interested in producing board games, card games, and table-top role-playing games.
How to submit your idea
Please send an email to pressesrenaissancepress (at) gmail (dot) com including the following:
- A description of your idea (What kind of a game is it? Card game, board game, table-top RPG? What is the theme? How is it played?)
- What are other games like it on the market, and how is your game different?
- If your game pertains to a work currently under copyright, do you have a licensing agreement with the copyright holder?
- Do you already have an illustrator working with you? If so, please attach a sample of their work.
- Has the game already been play-tested by an independent group?
- In the case of a table-top RPG, do you have your own system or are you using a system which already exists? If you are using a system which already exists, is it an open license? If not, do you have a licensing agreement? If you have your own system, please attach the rules as a PDF or word document.
- In the case of a card game or board game, please attach the rules.