Tidewater Press publishes fiction and non-fiction titles that enlighten and entertain adult audiences. The scope may be intimate or international, but the dynamic is always one that explores individual and collective Canadian identity.

Our fiction brings a fresh perspective to traditional genres, and we look for books that that subvert or play with standard literary tropes, always within a Canadian context, and always with narratives that explore larger themes. Tidewater Press non-fiction tells Canadian stories, historic or contemporary, with international relevance; all have strong narratives, told or written from personal perspectives, that explore Canadian society, values and history.

Our mandate is to give voice to those whose background and experience don’t yet meet the requirements of larger publishing houses. They may be from minority, marginalized or socially disadvantaged groups, or they may be writers who have not fully developed their craft. We do not, however, restrict our acquisitions to authors who fit this profile, but we are proud of our ability to identify and encourage new voices on an ongoing basis.

Tidewater Press seeks out stories that matter by writers who struggle to be heard.

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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  • Digital submissions (Word documents) should be uploaded via the file upload below. Please send the synopsis (required) and extract and/or manuscript as separate documents. We are not accepting posted, hard copy manuscript submissions at this time
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    2025 Anthology

    New Short Story Anthology

    Tidewater Press is inviting submissions for a new anthology of short stories, inspired by the Trans Canada Trail. The collection will feature thirteen stories, one for each of Canada’s provinces and territories.

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