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Submission Guidelines

Check out our online catalogue of books to see if your idea would fit in with our publishing program before submitting.

We are considering manuscripts only in the following subject areas:

  • Books by BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ authors, including young adult and children's
  • Literary fiction and non-fiction (no genre fiction, such as mysteries, thrillers, or romance)
  • Political/sociological studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Regional non-fiction, especially British Columbia
  • Graphic novels and graphic non-fiction
  • Youth culture and young adult literature
  • Books for children, especially those that emphasize diversity
  • Craft books

How to send us a proposal (please read carefully!)

We appreciate your interest in Arsenal Pulp Press. Please understand that we are a small independent press that receives many unsolicited manuscripts, so it is essential that you know your book will suit our publishing program (see above) and that you follow the submission guidelines below. (The majority of submissions we receive are good books, but just not the type that we publish, or the submissions do not follow the guidelines and therefore slow down the process.)

Each submission must include: a synopsis of the work, a chapter by chapter outline for non-fiction, writing credentials, a 50-page excerpt from the manuscript (do not send more, it will be a waste of postage; if we like what we see, we'll ask for the rest of the manuscript), and a marketing analysis. (Not sure what a marketing analysis is? Try Googling "market analysis for books" to get some tips and see some examples.) If our editorial board is interested, you will be asked to send the entire manuscript.

Children's picture books should include sample illustrated pages from an attached illustrator, as we are not able to match authors with artists.

We will accept simultaneous submissions, but we request that you advise us if this is the case.

We prefer to receive submissions by email to

We will try to respond within three to six months of receiving your material.

We are unable to to discuss potential projects or provide submission updates by phone.

If you prefer to send your submission by mail, send to:

Editorial Board
Arsenal Pulp Press
#202 - 211 East Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1Z6

Include an email address for response, and/or a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your material to be returned (note: the latter is only applicable in Canada as we cannot use non-Canadian stamps).

Thank you for your interest in Arsenal Pulp Press.