Brick Books’ mandate is to publish poetry of the highest quality by both new and established Canadian writers (either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.)

We receive approximately 100 manuscripts for consideration every year. We publish 7 books a year. Please note that we only read submissions between January 1 and April 30. Submissions received outside of our reading period will be returned. Our publishing schedule is filled two years in advance.

Our editors are interested in seeing work from as broad a range of aesthetics and experiences as possible. We encourage submissions from Indigenous poets, racialized poets, poets from the LGBTQ community, and poets with disabilities.

The Selection Process at Brick Books

The present procedure of selecting the final manuscripts for publication, evolved over a number of years, involves a three-phase sorting:

  1. first reading by the acquisitions editor, occasionally in consultation with another editor;
  2. compiling a list of finalists to be read in depth by a committee of three editors; and
  3. an in-person meeting to compare and discuss shortlists and to choose the year’s.

How to Submit

Please send the full manuscript when you are submitting to Brick Books.  With your submission, include a brief cover letter outlining any relevant information about yourself and your writing.

Submissions should be sent to:

Brick Books
PO Box 404, Toronto Station C
Toronto, ON M6J 3P4

You can send your submission toward the end of the reading period, but it must be POSTMARKED on or before April 30.  If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. If you are sending your submission by courier, please use this alternate address: Brick Books, 22 Spencer Avenue, Toronto, ON  M6K 2J6. Courier packages can’t be left at a postal outlet which is where we receive our mail; this leads to delays and messages back and forth to redirect the package to the proper place.

There are 3 options for a response to your submission:

1. For an e-mail reply only, please note this in your letter and provide your e-mail address. We will recycle the manuscript. You will receive an e-mail from acquisitions editor Barry Dempster whose address is If you do not receive a response by July 1, please check your junk or spam folders, and add Barry’s e-mail address to your safe-sender list.]

2. For a reply and return of your materials, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage. This return postage should be stamps – please note that dated return postage labels are only good for the day that they are dated and are not accepted by the post office.

3. For a reply only, you may include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage.

We do not accept submissions by e-mail. Again, submissions received outside of our January 1 to April 30 reading period will be returned.

Please allow 3-4 months from the time of submitting your work for a response as to the progress of your manuscript in our selection process.

We do not consider multiple submissions.

Acknowledgement of Receipt

If you wish an acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript submission, please include a self-addressed and stamped postcard or envelope with your submission.  We will fill it out and mail it when we receive your submission.  Or you can e-mail us at

A Few Remarks About Editing

Brick Books allows a generous amount of time for the editing process, leaving over a year between the acceptance of a manuscript and its publication. Why?

Providing time for an editorial relation to flourish ensures that each book-to-be receives close attention to all its aspects by a reader other than its author. The editor and poet will be involved in a conversation that stretches from the work’s aesthetic position through all its formal elements right down to word choice and punctuation. Close work is certainly involved: weak spots will be flagged and strong ones appreciated. But this is also an opportunity for the poet to discover and discuss the broader dimensions and scope of her work.

A Brick Books editor is the book’s best friend, attempting to listen inside its voice rather than applying alien principles to it. Of course this editor is also the kind of friend who never lets friends drive drunk, and may enquire pointedly about the rightness of that Hawaiian shirt. At Brick we feel that the editing process is an important phase in the life of a book – a time for candour, for appreciation and consideration of alternatives (of phrasing, line break, image, structure, etc.) whether or not those are eventually pursued.

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