Written by Emily Harstone March 26th, 2020

Inanna: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Inanna Publications and Education Inc is a Canadian feminist press that was founded in 1978 and is open to international submissions, they publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essay collections. Some of what they publish is academic, but much of what they publish is not.

If you are curious as to how they define the word feminist this is what they have to say about it — “While we do not restrict our always-expanding sense of what makes a contribution “feminist” — we strive for a presentation of different perspectives — we will not publish writing that is sexist, racist, homophobic or in any other way discriminatory or harmful to women.”

To get a good feel for what they publish it’s helpful to browse their catalog here.

They are an established press and appear to have good distribution within Canada. I’m unsure of their international distribution.

Their website is geared towards readers, not writers, and their book covers are generally excellent.

They respond to all submissions, even if they are rejecting the work, but they ask that you don’t check on the status of your submission. They have a turnaround time of approximately six months.

They ask that you tell them if you are simultaneously submitting your work elsewhere, and they ask that you alert them if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

They have different detailed guidelines for fiction and non-fiction submissions so please follow them closely. All queries should be made through email.

To learn more or to submit, go here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsThe 2019 Guide to Manuscript PublishersSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.

She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals.


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