Written by Emily Harstone February 21st, 2019

Arsenal Pulp Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated March 2024
Arsenal Pulp Press is a Canadian small press based out of Vancouver. They have won the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award (from the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia), and they have been a finalist for Small Press Publisher of the Year (awarded by the Canadian Booksellers Association) five times. They have good distribution in Canada and on the West Coast. I’ve seen a number of their books in stores in the Pacific Northwest. They also regularly host and promote events for their authors, and that is a good sign as well.

They have 400 titles currently in print. The books they publish cover a wide range of topics and genres. They publish literary fiction and nonfiction, and the topics they cover range from gender studies to cook books. They also publish graphic novels.

Below are the topics they are currently considering submissions in:

  • Books by BIPOC authors
  • LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction, including young adult and children’s
  • Literary fiction and non-fiction (no genre fiction, such as mysteries, thrillers, or romance)
  • Political/sociological studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Regional non-fiction, in particular for British Columbia
  • Graphic novels
  • Youth culture and young adult literature
  • Books for children, especially those that emphasize diversity
  • Craft books

Please only submit books that are in the above listed categories. If your not sure your work fits, it probably does not, but browsing their catalog might help give you a better feel for what they actually publish.

They have very specific submission guidelines, that you have to follow in order to submit. You can read their guidelines here. Please follow all of their guidelines.

They prefer email submissions but allow postal submissions. Simultaneous submissions are considered as long as you alert them of that. They take about six months to respond to most submissions.

Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser and spends much of her time researching manuscript publishers. You can follow her on Facebook.


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