House of Anansi Submissions

 

House of Anansi is open to receive direct submissions from authors twice a year, for a one-month period each, beginning February 1 and August 1. The portal is currently closed for submissions. Agents are welcome to submit to individual editors at any time.

 

Before submitting, please take the time to familiarize yourself with our recent books to see if your work fits with Anansi’s publishing program.

 

WHAT WE PUBLISH

House of Anansi produces works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We get excited about work that explodes the status quo. Our fiction list collects the best of commercial and literary novels and short story collections by new voices and household names; our nonfiction list includes creative nonfiction, essay collections, and book-length deep dives alongside more lifestyle-oriented offerings; and our poetry list features experimentations within the lyric by debut poets and those with established reputations.

 

For children’s and young adult literature, please refer to Groundwood Books.

 

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT

Please note that during our open submission periods, Anansi is only able to consider submissions from Canadian citizens or residents, or Indigenous Peoples from Turtle Island and around the world who are eligible to hold Canadian citizenship. Writers submitting work through the portal must not currently have an agent. 

 

We invite work from anyone who fits the above parameters and wishes to submit to us. In particular, we want to see work by writers from historically underrepresented communities, including—but not limited to—those who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, debuting later in life, or without an MFA.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

House of Anansi is open to submissions twice per year, for a one-month period each:

 

  • August 1–31
  • February 1–28

 

During these periods, you will be able to submit your work through our online portal. We use submission periods to ensure that we are able to respond to all submissions in a timely manner. 

 

Our editorial team recognizes and is grateful for the time and effort involved in formatting your submission to our specifications. Please read our submission guidelines carefully.

 

Include the following in your submission:

 

  • A pitch letter telling us about your book; this might include your reasons for writing it, why you are the person to have done so, who the ideal reader for it is, and how you see it relating to the list of books we publish.
  • A brief bio that includes your city of residence, writing credentials, and publication history (if applicable).
  • A brief synopsis (500 words max) of your project to be pasted into a text box within the submission portal.
  • Your full manuscript; for nonfiction, a proposal, chapter outline, and writing sample. Please format your manuscript in an easy-to-read, 12pt font with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins.

 

Title your documents in the following format:

  • [Last Name]_[First Name]_Pitch
  • [Last Name]_[First Name]_[Title of Work]

Please note that Anansi prefers submissions in PDF format and only accepts .docx, .doc, and .pdf file formats.

 

We accept multiple submissions, but please limit your submissions to one per genre.
 

If you select “send me a copy of my responses,” you will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission. We do not charge a fee to submit.

 

Submit here.

 

ON WITHDRAWALS AND UPDATES

If you need to withdraw your submission, please send an email to submissions@houseofanansi.com, subject line: SUBMISSION WITHDRAWAL. 

 

We understand that you may continue to edit your manuscript while it is under consideration. We strongly recommend that you do not send an updated version unless the work has undergone significant, substantive changes. If you must update your submission, please send an email to submissions@houseofanansi.com, subject line: SUBMISSION UPDATE. Please do not re-submit through the submission portal.

 

We will accept simultaneous submissions, but we request that you advise us if this is the case, and inform us right away if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

Please do not send unsolicited submissions to submissions@anansi.ca. Submissions sent here will be deleted.

 

WHILE YOU WAIT

We receive hundreds of solicited and unsolicited submissions each year, and we only publish around 40 books per year. The review process typically takes 4–6 months, though it may take longer in some instances, and phone calls and emails will not hasten the process. We appreciate your patience.

 

Thank you for considering House of Anansi Press as a home for your manuscript!  

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Is there a word limit for submissions?

 

We do not have any hard rules about submission lengths; however, we prefer prose manuscripts under 100,000 words in length.
If you are curious about the range of books we have previously published, please refer to our backlist.

 

  1. How can I update my contact information after submitting?

 

Please email any updates to your submission to submissions@houseofanansi.ca.

 

  1. Can I send a submission via email outside of the open submissions periods?

 

Please send us your work through the submission portal during our open submission periods. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to review unsolicited manuscripts that come to us outside of these windows..

 

  1. Can I submit multiple manuscripts at the same time?

 

We accept multiple submissions, but please limit your submissions to one per genre, i.e., one poetry manuscript, one fiction manuscript, and/or one nonfiction proposal/sample.

 

  1. Can I submit a co-authored manuscript if I am a Canadian citizen/permanent resident but my co-author is not?

 

Yes, you can submit your work to us.

 

  1. Can I request a faster timeline than 4–6 months?

 

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to rush submission reviews. We give careful attention to each manuscript that comes to us; due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to guarantee a faster timeline. Thank you for your patience!

 

  1. Do you accept manuscripts that were previously self-published?

 

Unfortunately, manuscripts that were previously self-published are ineligible for submission to us.

 

  1. Can I submit a short story collection if individual stories in the collection have been published in magazines?

 

Yes! As long as the manuscript itself is unpublished in book form, it is eligible for consideration. Please include all information about your publication history on your CV. 

 
 

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