Submission Guidelines

Bear Spirit Press is a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) owned and operated publishing house. We are committed to the development, promotion and publication of works of literature by First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers, artists and storytellers.

  • literary fiction, which includes novels and anthologies;
  • non-fiction in social history as it relates to Aboriginal issues;
  • children’s and young adult titles (picture books, graphic novels, comic books).


We are particularly interested in Young Adult fiction, Children's Stories and stories about contemporary life as an Aboriginal person. If you have a short story that is specific to First Nations, Métis and Inuit beliefs, experiences or way of life, please submit them as well. We plan on publishing a number of short story anthologies with specific themes each year and would like to keep your story on file until needed.


All submissions must include the following information:

  1. Contact Information:
    • Author's real name
    • Author's pseudonym, if you wish the work to appear under a pen name
    • Author's mailing address, including your country
    • Author's telephone number
    • Author's email address
  2. Synopsis: a short description of the story, three to five paragraphs that will be used by the us to review the general "plot".
  3. Back cover synopsis: a very concise description of the book; one that totals between 175 to 250 words. This will be placed on your back cover. Note, this synopsis is used to whet the potential reader's appetite and should tempt them but not give away any plot points that would ruin the experience for them.
  4. Biography: a biography of you, the author, using your pen name, if you have one. The biography should be two or three paragraphs totaling approximately 250 words. Since the public will see this biography, write it with that fact in mind, in the third person. Your bio should include your First Nation/tribal affiliation.
  5. Editing: state whether the manuscript or work has been edited by an editor or beta reading-group.


Bear Spirit Press does not accept simultaneous submissions due to the high volume of submissions and the time involved reviewing manuscripts,

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Mailing Address:
Bear Spirit Press
P.O. Box 54016
1-5762 Highway 7 East
Markham Ontario L3P 7Y4