Freehand Books is now accepting submission queries via mail.

Thank you for your interest in Freehand Books. As an independent publisher, we are not able to respond to email queries or submissions, but are open to queries sent via the mail. Before submitting, please read our submission guidelines carefully and familiarize yourself with our list to ensure that your idea fits our publishing program.

Freehand publishes innovative and literary novels, short story collections, graphic literature, and works of creative non-fiction.  We do not currently publish poetry, young adult fiction, or children’s books. We only publish Canadian authors. We are particularly interested at this time in submissions of graphic literature (memoir, etc).

In your query package, please include:

  • A cover letter that describes your work and explains how your book would fit our list
  • An author bio with publishing credits
  • A brief marketing analysis
  • The first 50 pages of the manuscript, typed in a standard 12-point font, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper (Do not send more than 50 pages, as we cannot return your manuscript to you. If our editorial board is interested, we will ask to see more.)

Please do not submit more than once. Revised or updated manuscripts will not be read, so please ensure that you are happy with your submission before you send it.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that you advise us if this is the case and contact us if you receive a publishing offer from another press.

We try to respond to submissions within six months. We will communicate with authors by email, so please include an email address where you can be reached.

We do not accept disks or USB sticks, or submissions over fax or email. We do not discuss queries over the phone.

Please mail your submission query to:

Submissions Coordinator
Freehand Books
515-815 1st Street S.W.
Calgary, AB  T2P 1N3