At Bay Press is a literary publisher. We are only interested in literary fiction and literary non-fiction—including poetry. We do publish literary mysteries, thrillers, and noir and are interested in quality submissions in the science fiction, fantasy and graphic novel genres as well.

At Bay Press will occasionally accept art submissions for our books, should there be a requirement. We also consider black and white art plate submissions for our “From the Heart” series (see “From the Heart” series submission guidelines below).

We are interested in seasoned as well as new writers, whose work often goes overlooked by traditional publishers.

We publish our books in small and limited edition print runs. If a book sells well, we reprint as necessary. Our books cover a range of subjects and styles, so if you are interested in submitting to us, we recommend you buy/read books published by At Bay Press as well as browse our catalogue of publications.

Manuscript Submission Requirements

Please read to the end of this section before submitting your work to At Bay Press. Submitting a manuscript to At Bay Press is a professional correspondence. We create guidelines to make our expectations clear and to help us review your submission.

We will review unsolicited complete manuscripts. However, submissions of this kind must be exclusive submissions. If yours is a multiple submission, please indicate as such in your cover letter. If your manuscript is being seriously considered for publication, we will require a period of exclusivity before continuing to assess it.

Do not send your original manuscript. Please send a copy of your manuscript and do not send irreplaceable photographs, maps, or other documents.

We always endeavour to provide feedback on rejected submissions especially if they show distinct merit and could possibly be reworked or edited for future publication or resubmission.

For all submissions:

Please include a one page cover letter. Tell us who you are and why you are submitting to At Bay Press. Please list any relevant publication credits. Please be specific about the credit(s) and include titles of work(s) published, journal/magazine/book edition(s) and publication date(s). You may include a formal writing CV.

Please include a synopsis of the manuscript, but it must be limited to one page. Only submissions including a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) will be responded to and/or returned. Please make sure the SASE is of sufficient size, with sufficient postage for your manuscript if you wish it returned. For authors submitting from a country other than Canada, please include an international reply coupon/sufficient postage. Manuscripts arriving without a SASE will not receive a reply and will be recycled. If you would prefer to receive an email reply please denote this in your submission and provide your email address for correspondence, keeping in mind that we can still only returned printed matter via SASE.

If you require us to acknowledge the receipt of your manuscript immediately upon receipt, please include a SASE postcard. Send only one (1) submission per envelope.

For fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels

Completed manuscripts only, typed and printed at a minimum 12 point serif typeface such as Times or Garamond.

Please use only 8.5 x 11 white paper, print only on one side, double-space the text, and indicate paragraph breaks with an indent.

Number all pages and put your name and address on all pages.

Graphic novel submissions: artwork should be scanned at 300DPI resolution and then printed on 8.5 x 11 white paper with voice balloons and narration boxes present. Number all pages and put your name and address on all pages.

For Poetry

  • Poetry manuscripts should be a minimum 70 pages. Please submit the complete manuscript.
  • Please use only 8.5 x 11 white paper and print only on one side.
  • Number all pages and put your name and address on all pages.

Poetry submissions: Only one manuscript submission will be reviewed at a time. Please wait for our response before submitting additional works or resubmitting.

Short story submissions: Please only submit one story during the review process. If the story is accepted, it can be your only inclusion for the “From the Heart” series. If the story is rejected you may resubmit a second choice selection however if this selection is rejected we request you wait until the following year before making another attempt. Please use only 8.5 x 11 white paper and print only on one side. Number all pages and put your name and address on all pages.

Art or Photography submissions: Images must be black and white (halftones acceptable) and should be scanned at a minimum of 300 DPI. Images using grey tones should be scanned in colour to capture the grey tones. True black and white images devoid of grey tones should be scanned in black and white to capture the offset tones. Orientation should be portrait.

In all cases it is mandatory that a digital version of your submission be readily available should it be selected for publication.

From the Heart Series

We are currently open for submissions for our “From the Heart” series. The focus of this series is to bring short works to the trade in a small, well designed, inexpensive book format. We are accepting short poetry collections (minimum 5 poems, maximum 10 poems per manuscript), literary short fiction stories, genre fiction short stories, non-fiction short works, short essays, graphic novellas etc.

Ideally, the text should embolden the theme of the series title “From the Heart”. In short, work submitted would be emotionally themed. Some examples could be: passion, health, loss, friendship, sympathy, celebration, birth, death etc.

Visit the books section of website and see examples of previously published work in the series.


At Bay Press will take your submission seriously (your writing may be exactly what we are looking for), but please understand that given the volume of submissions we receive, delays do happen.

We will endeavour to reply to a submission within six months. If you are concerned about the status of your submission, send us a short note by email. Please don’t phone or fax us about your submission.

If your manuscript is being seriously considered for publication you will be notified, but a final decision on whether or not to publish may take an additional 2 to 3 months after our initial reply to your submission.

Please address your submission to:

At Bay Press
PO Box 69003
RPO Tuxedo Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3P 2G9
Attention: Editorial Department