FAQs-Submissions and More

  1. How do I submit a manuscript to Turnstone Press?

    Before submitting, please read the detailed instructions on our How to Submit page. Please buy and read Turnstone books and review our catalogue to make sure your manuscript is compatible to our list.

  2. Should I send my whole manuscript of just a sample?

    For fiction and non-fiction, we prefer to see a sample, approximately 50 pages long. For poetry, please send the whole manuscript. For detailed instructions please refer to our How to Submit page.

  3. How long do I have to wait for a response about my submission?

    Given the high number of submission we receive, our response times vary from 12 weeks to 24 weeks. For more information please refer to our How to Submit page.

  4. What type of books does Turnstone Press publish?

    Turnstone Press publishes literary fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry. Our Ravenstone BooksRavenstone Books imprint publishes mysteries, thrillers and noir fiction. For more information please refer to our How to Submit page.

  5. Do I need to have been published elsewhere before I submit my manuscript?

    While we publish a significant number of first books, having publication credits in literary magazines is something we look for in a writer's CV.

  6. Where can I buy Turnstone Press books?

    We prefer that you support your local independent bookstore. It that isn't possible or convenient, books can be purchased on this website.

  7. How can I receive a Turnstone Press catalogue?

    Flip through our browseable catalogue or download a pdf version of here.

  8. I am a book reviewer. How can I get a review copy?

    Please refer to our Review Copy Request page for this information

  9. I am a university instructor/professor. How can I get a desk or examination copy?

    Please refer to our Desk Copy Request page for this information

  10. How do I contact a Turnstone Press author?

    For privacy reasons we never release author contact information, so please address any correspondence to the author in the care of Turnstone Press Ltd. For example, if you wish to contact Karen Connelly, address your letter:

    Karen Connelly
    c/o Turnstone Press Ltd.
    Artspace Building
    206-100 Arthur Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Canada R3B 1H3

    We will also forward emails addressed to authors. Please put the author's name in the subject line and type your message into the body of the email. Please do not include attachment(s)-these will not be forwarded and will be deleted. Please contact us here.

  11. How do I get more information about Turnstone Press authors?

    If you can't find what you need to know on this website, some of our authors have websites . If you still need information fill out your request here.

  12. I need permission to reproduce or photocopy a part of a Turnstone Press book. Who do I contact?

    Please send a request for permission to Turnstone's general contact address.

  13. How can I get a job in book publishing? Are you hiring?

    Turnstone Press is not a large company. We hire staff when required and we use freelancers occasionally. You may send your resume with a cover letter stating the type of position you are seeking and salary your expectations, to:

    Associate Publisher
    Turnstone Press Ltd.
    Artspace Building
    206-100 Arthur Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Canada R3B 1H3

    We will keep your resume on file for three months and contact you if a suitable position opens. No telephone calls, faxes, or emails please.

  14. What is a Turnstone?

    A Turnstone is a small, short-legged shorebird about seven inches in length. It has a short dark bill, which has a slight upturn on the lower mandible, which it uses to turn over stones in search of insects, crustaceans, and molluscs. The Turnstone comes in two varieties: the Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) and the Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala).

  15. How can I receive Turnstone Press swag?

    You can order an excellent and elegant Turnstone Press toque for $15.00 plus GST and shipping.

Submitting your work to Turnstone Press

Welcome! We are excited to share our new online submission system with you. As with all things new there may be unforseen hiccups, so please bear with us if you encounter any ghosts in the machine.

Turnstone Press is a literary publisher, located in the heart of the North American continent. We publish Canadian authors and landed immigrants and strive to publish a significant number of new writers, to publish in a variety of genres, and to have a portion of each year's list authored by Manitoba writers and/or books featuring prairie content. We are always looking for titles that reflect the diversity of both Manitoba and Canada and encourage indegenous writers, writers of colour, writers from the LGBTQ2S community and writers with disabilities to send us their work.

We are interested in literary fiction, literary non-fiction—including literary criticism—and poetry. We also publish literary mysteries, thrillers, noir, speculative fiction, and urban fantasy under our Ravenstone imprintRavenstone imprint.

We do not publish young adult, young reader, children’s, romance, horror, cookbooks, self help, business, family histories or personal memoirs (a.k.a. “life writing”).

Our books cover a range of subjects and styles, so if you are interested in submitting to us, we recommend you familiarize youself with recent titles on our list to see if your manuscript might be a fit for our publishing program.

Submission Tips

  • Understand what we publish and ensure your submission is a fit for Turnstone. Understand what we do not publish (see above). Knowing this saves you time and effort.
  • Read and follow the manuscript submission requirements.

  • Deliberation is more important than speed.
  • Be dedicated to the art and craft of writing.

Manuscript Submission Requirements

Please read to the end of this section before submitting your work to Turnstone Press.

We understand how daunting it can be to find a publisher when submitting a manuscript. Therefore, we have an open submissions policy. We prefer exclusivity, but if it is a multiple submission, please indicate this when submitting your work. Please note that if your manuscript is being seriously considered for publication, we will require a period of exclusivity before continuing to assess it.

Remember that submitting a manuscript to a book publisher is a professional correspondence. We create guidelines to make our expectations clear and to help us handle your submission.

Whether poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, please send the entire manuscript you want us to consider.

For fiction and non-fiction:

  • Manuscripts must be typed in a minimum 12 point serif typeface such as Times, Book Antiqua, or Garamond.
  • Please double-space the text and indicate paragraph breaks with an indent.

For poetry:

  • The manuscript layout should reflect the way you imagine the poetry to appear on the page.

We apologize that we are unable to: 1) provide detailed feedback on all the manuscripts we receive; or 2) respond to questions about these submission guidelines.

Turnstone Press only accepts submissions via its online submission form. To access our online submission form you must create an account on the Turnstone Press website.

For all submissions:

  1. Register and Login to our website here.
  2. Click "Submit Your Work" from the “Your Account” menu.
  3. Complete the online form. There are several questions we ask you to complete including:
    1. What experience do you have as a writer?
    2. Provide a brief synopsis of your submission. Not a cryptic cliff hanger synopsis. A plain boring plot summary.
    3. Why do you feel Turnstone is the best place for your manuscript?
    4. What do you think readers will find most interesting about your work?
  4. Select the manuscript would like to submit/upload to Turnstone. If you wish to provide a cover letter please include it in the body of the manuscript submission. If you have substantial relevant publishing credits, please include your CV as a separate file along with your manuscript.

Please be specific about the publishing credits—title of the work published, the journal/magazine/book they appeared and what date. Send us only one submission per form. For additional or subsequent submissions submit a new form.

Timelines

We take your submission seriously (your writing may be exactly what we are looking for), but please understand that given the volume of submissions we receive and the demands of turning accepted manuscripts into books, delays do happen.

We plan our publication schedule approximately 18 to 24 months in advance, so the time from submission to publication is often over two years. This is necessary to meet the pre-publicity and pre-sales deadlines for major publications and retailers.

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