Submission Guidelines

General Considerations
Please note: we do not publish middle years (ages 8-12) nor children's manuscripts.

Please do not call the office. If you would like notification that your submission has been received, send a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your submission. We will not respond to emails asking for confirmation of receipt.

  • We do not accept emailed submissions.
  • We only accept works by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, preferably living in Canada.
  • We do not accept unsolicited full-length work of any kind.
  • Query with a sample of your complete work that is not being considered by another publisher. We will not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.
  • Submit one sample to a single genre for a given submission period.
  • Samples that are no longer being considered will not be returned to you, and will be shredded through a secure process.


  • To enable communication, accompany all queries with a business/letter-sized self-addressed, stamped or prepaid envelope (SASE) with Canadian postage.
  • All queries must contain a sample of writing and an outline of the proposed publication. See "Standard Query Material" below for sample length guidelines.
  • Let us know your perceived audience and your plans for assisting in the marketing of your work.
  • Submit your query as early in the submission period as possible to ensure adequate reading time is given to your work for assessment.
  • We read queries in the order they are received; please be patient.

 WE accept

For the 2019 program the following dates in 2018 for submissions are below.

NOTE: These are deadlines and all queries must be postmarked within these dates. Work sent outside genre guidelines will not be considered.

YA NOVELS (books for teen readers)

  • We are looking for full-length fiction. Please review our previous YA award winners to see what interests us.
  • We do not publish picture books, poetry collections for teens, middle years (ages 8 to 12), or children's manuscripts. 
  • Submission and reading dates are February 1 through May 1.

FICTION (novels and short story collections)

  • We do not publish romance, science fiction, horror, westerns, or fiction in verse.
  • Submission and reading dates are August 1 through September 30.

POETRY (single-author collections only)

  • Please review our previous poetry titles to see what interests us.
  • We do not publish cowboy poetry, inspirational poetry, or poetry for children.
  • Submission and reading dates are November1 through December 31. 



  Standard Query Material

  • Cover letter with relevant contact information.
  • Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) with Canadian postage. Business/letter size only.
  • Novel samples should include a significant representative sampling of multiple chapters or sections (ie. 2-3 chapters) that highlight form and style.
  • Short fiction samples should include two to three stories that demonstrate the collection’s audience target and subject range.
  • Poetry samples should include a representative selection of 10 to 15 poems from the complete collection.
  • A brief biographical note that tells of any relevant writing experience or significant recent publications. Do not include any information older than five years.
  • You should ensure that all written material is submitted on traditional 8 1/2" X 11" paper, double-spaced and in black print, in a 12 pt. Times New Roman typeface.
  • Do not include materials other than what is requested.


Send queries and submissions to:

Thistledown Press Ltd.
410 2nd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2C3
Tel: (306) 244-1722
Fax: (306) 244-1762