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Mortal Coil Books publishes literary and historical fiction from Canadian authors. We're looking for work with a unique flair, memorable characters, and a strong narrative voice. We DO NOT read genre fiction like science fiction and romance.

We are especially interested in first novels.

If your work meets these requirements, please send an e-mail that contains:

• A very brief description of the work

• A brief bio about you

• a PDF of the first chapter ONLY

We will only contact writers of work that interests us. If you haven't heard back from us in a month, then consider it wasn't right for us. We wish you the best in finding a publisher that's a better fit for your work.


Submissions can be sent to: