Guidelines for submitting manuscripts to Red Deer Press

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 may be made by email or 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 and three sample chapters, if available.
  • For non-fiction, submit query letter with outline.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable but will not receive priority.

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:


Peter Carver, Editor
Red Deer Press
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario
L3R 4T8

Adult Manuscripts

For fiction and non-fiction, please submit queries with samples and/or overviews, and author bio. Email submissions are preferred. Please include SASE with all mail submissions. Multiple submissions are accepted but are not given priority.

  • No original art.
  • Please allow six months for a response.

All submissions should be sent to: 


Red Deer Press
Attention: Richard Dionne, Publisher
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, ON
L3R 4T8

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