*If you want to publish a short story, please refer to our Magazine Submission Guidelines. Submissions for the magazine are currently closed for the remainder of 2023 and will reopen for 2024.
We are looking for thrilling stories with unforgettable characters. We believe that a story needs very strong characters to appeal to our readers.
We particularly like stories that are queer friendly, inclusive, and diverse, which represents Canada’s diverse population.
We are fond of “crossovers” or New Adult titles (YA titles with adult appeal) and Adult fiction.
We publish all kinds of science fiction & fantasy stories. However, we pay particular attention to emergent subgenres such as hopepunk, oceanpunk, solarpunk, afrofantasy, afrofuturism, but also welcome trendy subgenres such as fantasy romance.
We do NOT publish stories that are...
- Written by non-Canadian authors. We only publish works that are written by Canadian authors or permanent residents.
- Mainly for readers under 16 years old
- Horror (though some elements of horror can be part of the story, but it is not central to the plot)
- Literary Fiction
- Purely romance
- General Non-fiction including memoirs and biographies
*We only publish original works of fiction, mostly novels (85,000+ words) and some novellas (35,000-50,000 words).
**We do NOT accept manuscripts that were previously published, either traditionally or self-published.
Here is a list of popular or genre-bending titles that we love:
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Legendary or The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman
- The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
- The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Here are more titles from the Quebec SFF literature:
- Chronique du pays des mères by Élisabeth Vonarburg
- Filles de lune by Elisabeth Tremblay
- La respiration du ciel by Mélodie Joseph
First of all, congratulations for having written an entire book, and thank you for considering us for publication! 🥳
At Flame Arrow Publishing, we are committed to making your story shine among the sea of books on the market.
To ensure your book is a good fit in our catalogue, we need specific information, which are listed below.
Please send us your manuscript at email@example.com with the following information:
A query letter that includes:
- Information about you, your professional background and how you became an author
- Your social media handles and author website if you have one
- Any previously published books if you are a published author
- The genre, intended market and readership of the story you are submitting to us
- A one-line synopsis (short description)
- A 250-word synopsis (long description)
- The main theme
- What makes your story unique
- Whether it is a standalone or a series. If it is a series, specify whether you have finished writing all the books.
- Please provide a pdf document of your query letter and attach it to your email
2. A word document (.docx) and a pdf document of your manuscript
- Please only include the first 50 pages of your manuscript (no more than 25,000 words).
- If we are interested in your manuscript we will ask you to submit the rest.
- Please do NOT send your entire manuscript without being prompted to do so because we will not read it.
- Use the following formatting: Times New Roman, 12 pts., 1.5 spacing
- Please do not add any pictures, photos or graphics in your document.
3. In your email include:
- Your contact information
- Whether you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Don't forget to attach your 1) query letter and the 2) first 50 pages of your manuscript
How long are the delays to receive an answer?
You should receive a formal answer from us between 3-6 months from the moment we send you a confirmation email that we have received your submission.
Do I need a literary agent?
We are currently accepting manuscripts from non-agented authors. However, this might change in the future. If you want to learn more about literary agents in Canada, you can look up the Omada Agency.
Are you are a traditional publisher?
Yes, we are! This means that the entire publishing process is on us (as it should be).
I am worried about my copyrights. What should I do?
It's normal to be worried when sending out your manuscript to people you don't know. This is one of the (many) reasons why we do not accept full manuscript submissions, to protect your information and privacy.
We suggest you take a look at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website to learn more about how copyright protects you as an author.