Wolsak and Wynn

Wolsak and Wynn was created in 1982 by two dedicated poets, Heather Cadsby and Marja Jacobs, who felt that important poetry was being neglected by the publishers of the day. Within six years the press had gone from its first anthology of poems to its first Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Today this is the umbrella imprint for the press, and it is still the place to find important work that has been overlooked by larger publishers, whether it’s cultural analysis, memoir or translation.


Buckrider Books

Headed up by our senior editor Paul Vermeersch, Buckrider Books is our outlaw imprint. Named after a Belgian folk tale involving thieves and other rebels doomed to ride flying goats and frighten good citizens, Buckrider is all about books that refuse to conform. Here you’ll find cutting-edge literary works of fiction and poetry. Of course, there’s more than one way to be challenging, and these books can be stylistically daring or question our society. Or both. But they’re all fascinating.


James Street North Books

James Street North is the street at the centre of Hamilton’s art renaissance and is the street that the press calls home. Something fascinating is always happening on the street and the books in this imprint focus on telling the equally fascinating stories of our city. From award-winning poetry that captures the essence of our neighbourhoods to historical works that investigate our institutions or that celebrate our music scene these books bring Hamilton to the world.


Poplar Press

Poplar Press is for the books you read for pure pleasure. Though they’re not popular literature, the books in this imprint are smart, funny and don’t take themselves too seriously. Though they’re not popular literature, there is a little more pop culture in them. The only reason someone will tell you that you have to read a Poplar Press book is because they couldn’t put it down. From giant centipedes to a mascot on madcap road trip, you’ll find great stories here.


Submissions Guidelines:

We are a Canadian press dedicated to publishing clear, passionate Canadian voices. As such, we publish very few non-Canadians. However, we encourage Canadian authors of diverse backgrounds and communities to submit.

Our submission period runs from January 1st to March 31st of each year; submissions sent outside this period will be returned. As we receive a high volume of submissions during this time, please allow up to six months after the end of the submission period for a reply.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or and envelope with an International Reply Coupon (IRC) with each submission.

We encourage authors to send a letter of inquiry with a sample of the work. We do not consider unsolicited manuscripts. A list of your publication credits and publishing experience is helpful in providing context to your work. If we are interested, we will ask to see more, otherwise the sample is returned, provided that your SASE is large enough. If you would like confirmation of the receipt of your work, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for us to return to you.

We do not accept material that has been previously published in book form, including new editions of books previously published. Nor do we accept handwritten submissions. Such submissions will be returned unread.

If you are unfamiliar with our books, we recommend that you browse our website to see what authors and works we've published in the past, and read some of the sample excerpts posted.

Additional genre-specific guidelines follow below. Please clearly indicate the genre of your submission on the outer envelope.

Poetry Guidelines

Along with your letter of inquiry, please include a sample of 15–20 poems, single-spaced on one-sided paper, with no more than one poem per page. Wolsak and Wynn publishes poetry in small print runs of 500 to 700, and reprints as necessary. Our poetry books vary in length from 70 to 100 pages.

Non-Fiction Guidelines 

Along with your letter of inquiry, please include a sample chapter and proposed table of contents, double-spaced on one-sided paper.

Fiction Guidelines

Along with your letter of inquiry, please include a sample chapter and story synopsis, double-spaced on one-sided paper.

We hope these guidelines are useful to you.


Please mail your submission to:

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
280 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3

Ordering & Distribution

For Individuals

Wolsak and Wynn titles may be found at your local independent bookstore and many chain bookstores also carry our titles. Booksellers are happy to place an order for you if they do not have the title you want on hand.

As well, titles can be ordered through our bookstore. They are also available at Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.ca.

Please contact us directly if you cannot find the title you want at your bookstore and are unable to purchase it online. We may be able to direct you to a book source that carries our titles or we may have the title on hand and you can order it through us. Email the book title and author to info@wolsakandwynn.ca. Please note that shipping fees and HST are added to all orders placed with us.

For Bookstores

Canadian distribution of Wolsak and Wynn titles is with:

University of Toronto Press Inc.
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T8

Telephone: 416-667-7791
(or toll free in North America 1-800-565-9523)
Email: University of Toronto Press

US distribution of Wolsak and Wynn titles is with:

Independent Publishers Group
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL  60610
Telephone: 312-337-0747
Email: frontdesk@ipgbook.com

Orders also can be placed directly by contacting
Noelle Allen at noelle.allen@wolsakandwynn.ca 
or by mail:

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
280 James Street North
Hamilton, ON  L8R 2L3