Guidelines for submitting manuscripts to Red Deer Press for consideration

If you would like to submit a manuscript for consideration, please review the following guidelines as applicable for content that is suitable for children or adults.

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. Submissions should always include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage to return the manuscript or a reply.

  • For picture books submit entire text, no query letter. No original art will be accepted.
  • For fiction, submit query letter - or three sample chapters.
  • For non-fiction, submit query letter, or sample chapter with outline.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable but will not receive priority.

Please allow four to six months for a response.

Art Guidelines:

  • Send samples along with an illustrator bio and a website address, if available.
  • CDs are acceptable but not preferred.
  • Please do not email or fax samples.
  • Please do not send original art, hand-bound books or other bulky submissions or anything that needs to be returned.

All children’s submissions should be sent to:


Peter Carver
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 Adult Books
Attention: Richard Dionne
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, ON
L3R 4T8

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