Open submission period

July 13 to August 31, 2020

Insomniac Press is considering unsolicited manuscripts of fiction (short fiction & novel), literary non-fiction (essay & long-form), and poetry by Canadian residents and citizens.

Our new mandate — to amplify voices that resist oppression — will guide the initial review of all submissions (conducted by Acting Acquisitions Editor Jacqueline Valencia) as well as the final evaluation of all recommended manuscripts (conducted by the full Editorial Board).

We welcome manuscripts that

  • exhibit justice-oriented politics (including intersectional feminism, Indigenous sovereignty, anti-fascism, and climate justice);
  • are written by authors with BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIAA+, disabled, and low & precarious income backgrounds and experiences;
  • and/or embrace aesthetic nonconformity and experimentation.

We also welcome submissions from past Insomniac authors, whose manuscript review will be fast-tracked.

Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with Insomniac's new mandate and editorial priorities. Should your manuscript be selected for publication, we will prioritize your right to work with an editor who shares your experiences.

Submission Requirements

Our editorial board is geographically dispersed, so we can accept only emailed submissions. (No hard copies.) During this submission period, we can accept only complete manuscripts. (No pitches or queries.)

Cover letter: Include a brief biographical statement; a brief synopsis of your manuscript and description of its overall project; and a brief explanation of how your manuscript fits within the new Insomniac mandate. Please limit your cover letter to a single page. Include the cover letter in the body of your submission email and in the manuscript file.

Manuscript: Attach your manuscript (with cover letter) as a single PDF file.

Address: Please direct submissions to Jacqueline Valencia, Acting Acquisitions Editor (c/o of Andy Verboom, Publisher, at

Submission deadline: August 31, 2020