Tidewater Press publishes uniquely Canadian stories with global resonance. We publish both fiction and non-fiction accounts of immigrants, advocates, pioneers and activists—outsiders trying to fit in, crusaders trying to change their communities or individuals offering a fresh perspective. The scale may be intimate or international, but the dynamic is always one that explores individual and collective identity. We bring a modern Canadian sensibility to an international audience.

Beyond its publishing mandate, Tidewater Press was established to nurture emerging Canadian authors.  We are committed to working with first-time authors to produce top quality titles, and actively seek out individuals with compelling stories to share and take pride in helping them begin their publishing career. Some have no previous writing experience while others have written in other genres; all have a unique voice that transcends mechanical considerations of grammar and structure.

We accept submissions of both literary fiction and non-fiction that meet the following criteria:

  • The story (whether fiction or non-fiction) is fresh, topical and will resonate with at least one defined, special interest constituency.
  • The story (whether fiction or non-fiction) is compelling and is intended to give readers new insight into at least one aspect of contemporary life or Canadian history. Stories falling within a standard genre will be considered only if they transcend the normally recognized conventions of their genre.
  • The author is committed to producing a quality book and is genuinely willing to engage in a rigorous editing process.
  • The author has the ability and intention to actively support and promote the title after publication.

If you feel your manuscript meets the criteria of our publishing mandate, we encourage you to submit a brief (up to 500 words) synopsis and your manuscript using the submission form below.  We cannot guarantee a response time, given the volume of author submissions received. While we consider every manuscript received for publication, we are unable to give detailed feedback to authors in our reply.

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