bird, buried press is accepting submissions from Ontario writers and artists. closed for submissions for the summer because we have too many great books on the go already! Any submissions received before the fall will be DELETED.

Please read this page in its entirety before submitting. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will result in your submission being discarded without being read. We know this seems ruthless, but due to the sheer volume of submissions we receive, we do not have time to entertain people who do not take this process seriously.

Poetry: Send a suite of 3-5 poems, of any length and style (although, fair warning, we’re not interested in rhyme or anything that might be considered overly formal). Send ALL poems in ONE attached document (pdf, docx, doc, rtf).

Prose: Send one piece of your best fiction, non-fiction, flash-fiction, scripts, strange hybrid texts, or invented genres. Don’t send novels. Maximum 3000 words. bird, buried press likes it speculative, weird, mundane, funny, dark… The only thing bird, buried press does NOT like is exposition. Seriously, don’t send work that explains itself. Send your text as an attachment (docx, doc, rtf). Please single-space.

Art: Send a portfolio (website link or attached pdf). bird, buried press is interested in collections and individual pieces to be paired with texts. Get a sense of Elisha’s aesthetic on tumblr.

All submissions MUST include page numbers, as well as the artist’s name as a header on every page. File names should be the author/artist’s first and last name (ex: JaneDoe.pdf).

Use a reasonable 12 point font. (Pro-tip: Justin will automatically like you better if poetry is set in Garamond.)

In the email subject line, please specify the type of submission (poetry, short story, essay, art, etc.) and your first and last name. If you are submitting two different types of submissions, please send them separately.

In the body of the email, please include a short cover letter, including your connection to Ontario.

Submissions will be reviewed, given diligent consideration, and then sent back to you with criticism and comments within roughly three months. If you are rejected, we will tell you precisely why. If for some reason you are not interested in getting feedback, please specify in your email.

If we like what we see, we’ll get in touch with you to figure out what the next step should be.

Before submitting, please keep in mind that we are interested in working very closely with our contributors, so we expect a reciprocal relationship. Be ready to wrestle with your work, to get constructive criticism, and to be open to such criticism.

Don’t read our current publications for an idea as to what kind of work we’re looking for. Just send us your strongest work. We don’t want to miss out on something ground-breaking simply because it might not fit with our current model. Our goal is to publish the best work possible, regardless of form or bent. – That said, do check out our past publications to be sure that YOU want to work with US.

Sounds like a very open call for submissions, yes? Because it is.

Our reading period is forever, so send us your work when it suits you. If you have submitted your work according to these guidelines, you will receive feedback, regardless of acceptance or rejection. Please take your work as seriously as we will.

Also, please be aware that we have projects lined up into 2019, so if your work is accepted, it may be several months before your book goes into production.

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Compensation: All writers and artists published by bird, buried press are compensated, monetarily or in copies of the publication, to be determined based on the nature of the project. One of our lofty goals at bird, buried is to change the way that literature and art are valued, so we’re doing our bit to shift that culture. We’re particularly determined to help emerging writers become eligible for OAC grants, so although we cannot offer much in the way of payments, you will at least receive a paid writing credit.

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