House of Anansi Submissions
House of Anansi is open to submissions twice a year, for a one-month period each, beginning August 1 and February 1. During these periods, you will be able to submit your work through our online portal here. We accept works of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry, and ask that you do not send us a project unless you have a completed draft. Eligible writers must not currently have an agent and must not have previously published a book. Please note that Anansi is only able to consider submissions from Canadian citizens or residents.
In particular, we are looking to engage with work by writers from historically underrepresented communities, including — but not limited to — those who are Black, Indigenous, POC, disabled, neurodivergent, trans and LGBTQIA+, debuting after forty, and without an M.F.A.
Please read our submission instructions and guidelines carefully.
INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES
Using our online portal, please send us:
- a cover letter telling us about yourself and your book;
- a CV indicating your publishing history (if applicable);
- a brief synopsis (500 words max) of your project;
- your full manuscript or sample for nonfiction works (please note that Anansi ONLY accepts .docx, .doc, and .pdf file formats).
Please be patient. Anansi receives hundreds of submissions each year, and it takes time for them to be read and evaluated. If you select “Send me a copy of my responses,” you will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your submission. We keep track of all submissions received and will aim to respond to all submissions within four months. We do not offer editorial comment on manuscripts unless we feel the work has potential for our list.
Before submitting, please Take the time to familiarize yourself with the titles on our website and
consider if your submission is compatible with Anansi’s publishing program:
Anansi publishes literary fiction that has a unique flair, memorable characters, and a strong narrative voice. Anansi fiction writers have read widely, studied their craft, and often have previously published in reputable literary journals and/or magazines.
Anansi publishes award-winning and high-calibre short-story collections under the Astoria imprint. Anansi short fiction has compelling and memorable premises and strong narrative voices.
Anansi publishes compelling narrative nonfiction and strong, meticulously researched thesis-driven works. Our nonfiction books avoid dry, jargon-filled academic prose and have literary twists that will interest general readers and experts alike.
Anansi publishes poets who have already established a strong reputation. Anansi poets usually have had poems previously published in book form or in reputable literary journals and/or magazines.
Anansi is currently closed to submissions.