Red Deer Press will be compiling a young adult short story anthology called I’M HERE for publication in the fall of 2025. Submissions are invited from writers from across Canada and we encourage submissions from both established and emerging authors

Story Criteria:

  • under 4000 words
  • any genre (realistic fiction, speculative fiction, historical fiction, etc.) but created for contemporary teen readers
  • connected in some way to the theme of “identity”
  • authored by a writer living in Canada

Submission Process:

  • submit the entire story along with a query letter that includes a brief summary of how the story connects to this theme plus an author bio of 100 words or less
  • send your submission by regular mail, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage for reply (plus author email, if possible) to the following address:

ATTN: Beverley Brenna, YA Anthology Editor 
Red Deer Press
209 Wicksteed Avenue
Unit 51
Toronto, ON  M4G 0B1


• All authors of stories selected for the anthology will receive a one-time fee of $250.

Deadline for submission April 30, 2024.

Guidelines for submitting manuscripts

***We encourage Canadian talent from across Canada, writers and artists.

Children’s Manuscripts

Red Deer Press is looking for quality writing for children across the ages, from picture books to young adult fiction and non-fiction.

Submissions are to be made through regular mail. Please send only one manuscript at a time. Manuscripts should be legibly typed, double-spaced, with the author’s name and contact information clearly indicated on the cover page. Hard copy mailings should include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage to return the manuscript. Also include a short author biography.

  • For picture books submit entire text. No original art will be accepted.
  • For fiction, submit query letter with entire the first three chapters.
  • For non-fiction, submit query letter with entire manuscript.

Please allow four to six months for a response.

Art Guidelines:

  • We do not accept original artwork, only reproductions.
  • Send samples along with an illustrator bio and a website address or other link, if available.
  • Please do not send original art or other bulky submissions or anything that needs to be returned.

All children’s submissions should be sent to:

Beverley Brenna, Editor
Red Deer Press
209 Wicksteed Avenue
Unit 51
Toronto, ON  M4G 0B1

Adult Manuscripts

We are not accepting adult submissions at this time.

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