Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher

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Submit your book idea

Academic Publishing


Canadian Scholars Book Proposal Guidelines: Our titles are used primarily as texts in post-secondary courses, and are published under both our Canadian Scholars and Women’s Press imprint. We publish an extensive range of academic books, with specialization in quality undergraduate and graduate level textbooks in the social sciences and humanities.

If you teach at the post-secondary level, we invite your proposal for a text or reader. Book proposals should include the following:

  • your name, institutional affiliation, and complete contact information
  • brief personal biography
  • brief outline of the project, including working title, approach, and reasons why the work is important
  • information about whether a subvention or grant in aid of publication is available
  • please indicate if the book is a reader, contributed volume, or original text
  • projected length of book in printed pages and manuscript pages
  • plans for the art program (e.g., number of photographs, line drawings, maps) and whether you have had any experience securing permissions in the past
  • detailed table of contents
  • draft introduction and one or two sample chapters
  • information about what potential supplementary materials, if any, should be planned for the book (instructor’s manual, test bank, web site)
  • information about any special features or pedagogical elements, if any, you might incorporate into the text (glossaries, key terms, questions for critical thought)
  • the size and characteristics of the target audience for the book, specifically:
    • if your project is a viable candidate for the US or world market and why
    • appropriate level of audience (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year)
    • if proposed text is intended to be the primary or supplemental course text
    • the course number, length, and enrollment that your project would fit at your institution
    • the names of other courses in which your project might be adopted (please be as specific as possible when listing courses and include typical enrollments if known)
    • whether you or any of the contributors (if an edited collection) would be adopting the proposed book (please list course names and typical enrollments)
  • please list the major competing texts and outline how your project differs from the major competitors
  • names, addresses, and email addresses of three to five scholars who could assess the work objectively
  • timetable for your completion of the work

Important:

Please email proposals or queries to editorial@canadianscholars.ca

We do not accept manuscripts that are in the process of multiple submissions.

While Canadian Scholars receives large numbers of proposals, we aim to exceed industry standards for prompt feedback to prospective authors.

Please do not submit original artwork or full manuscripts.

To mail submissions, please send them to:

Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press
425 Adelaide Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5V 3C1

Note: If you wish your work to be returned, a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient Canadian postage must be included. Submissions sent from outside of Canada that use non-Canadian stamps on the SASE will not be returned.

Praise for Publishing with Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press

“I have worked in conjunction with the staff at Canadian Scholars for nearly two decades. They have been of invaluable assistance through every step of the process from refining my ideas and the peer review process through design to actively marketing my work. Their input is has enhanced both the content and the presentation that has allowed my writing to find a broad audience of both students and professionals in the field.”
—Rick Csiernik, Professor, School of Social Work, King's University College at Western University
“Canadian Scholars has been extremely supportive of the publishing careers of young Canadian scholars, particularly racialized, minority and Indigenous backgrounds working on decolonial and anti-colonial ruptures in education broadly defined. Personally, Canadian Scholars has offered guidance and advice in the works I have done with them, assisting me and my colleagues to produce publications in timely fashion and ensuring that our scholarship reaches a wide audience as much as possible. Two words characterize my dealings with Canadian Scholars - ‘professional’ and ‘supportive’.”
—George Dei, Professor, Social Justice Education, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, OISE University of Toronto
“Working with the dedicated professionals at Canadian Scholars has been a very positive experience. Throughout my exchanges with the members of the editorial team, I have found them to be clear, precise, friendly, and responsive.”
—Édouard Ousselin, Professor, The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Editor in Chief, The French Review, Western Washington University
“I have found Canadian Scholars to be an excellent publisher to work with. It is not always easy to negotiate the nuances of my field, child and youth care practice, with publishers. The editors in all departments were patient, flexible, and always willing to listen to my suggestions and requests. They handled the material with integrity and clarity. The allowed me considerable oversight with respect to editorial decisions, while also providing valuable feedback and excellent suggestions for improvements. They worked with me professionally, respectfully and also with good humour. I look forward to continue working with Canadian Scholars and their excellent team of editors.”
—Kiaras Gharabaghi, PhD, School of Child & Youth Care, Ryerson University
“I wrote my first book for Canadian Scholars in 1994. Since then I have had nothing but positive experiences working with the expert editorial staff there. They are creative as well as thorough and have always allowed me to improve my manuscripts—indeed, in some cases, they were instrumental in making my books as good as they turned out to be. They are also friendly and sensitive to author needs. I have published with a number of publisher, but Canadian Scholars is certainly at the very top of my list for professionalism.”
—Marcel Danesi, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

Submit your book idea

Canadian Scholars College


This collection promotes affordable, easy-to-digest textbooks for students enrolled in vocational programs such as business, health and human services, communication and media studies, and Indigenous studies. In many cases, these books evolved from content instructors created for their own courses. Canadian Scholars College was conceived to highlight valuable research undertaken by college faculty members.

Browse Canadian Scholars College

We have rounded up several textbooks that are practice-oriented and written with professional preparation programs in mind. Here are some popular textbooks being used in college classrooms across Canada:

Professional Communications in the Public Sector
Working with Families
Designs for Disciplines, 2nd edition
Substance Use and Abuse, 2nd edition
Trauma-Informed Youth Justice in Canada
Strong Helpers’ Teachings
Developing Public Policy

Request a complimentary hard copy of one or more of these publications by contacting Acquisitions Editor Colin Owen at 416-929-2774 ext. 241 or email colin.owen@canadianscholars.ca

Write the perfect book for your students

Canadian Scholars is venturing on an exciting new vision to publish more textbooks that package theory with practice to prepare students to enter the workforce. Have you identified a need for new teaching material for your program? Are you an educator or professional who is considering writing a book? If so, we would like to work with you!

What we are looking for

Textbooks and learning resources to serve the college student market that are:

  • Teachable
  • Designed for common college courses (No minimum enrolment)
  • Hands-on
  • Engaging
  • Concise
  • Personal in tone
  • Relevant to the workplace

Author support

At Canadian Scholars, our experienced team of editors offers encouragement and support for college faculty throughout every step of the publishing process. We recognize the commitments of teaching instructors and go out of our way to make this process as easy and as seamless as possible for you. Our goal is to help you turn your initial idea into a book that will flourish.

Advisory service

Do you have a book idea but are unsure of where to begin? Have us connect you with a Canadian Scholars author on our advisory panel! College instructors on this panel have experience publishing their own books and will provide you with some practical guidance. Through a personal discussion of your idea either by phone or email, an author on our panel will offer you advice on how to develop your idea and how to define the market for your book.

We will create your book’s supplements

Does the textbook you picture require supplementary instructor resources such as a test bank, power point slides, an instructor manual, or study and/or sample exam questions? Our team is eager to save you time by assisting with the development of these materials.

Marketing and distribution support

Our publisher representatives based in Toronto and British Columbia are committed to marketing and distributing your book beyond the boundaries of your college.

Praise from our authors

Our authors include faculty members from colleges across Canada. Here is what they have to say about publishing with us:


“Thanks to the team at Canadian Scholars for taking this project on. As a post-secondary teacher first and foremost, I am heartened to have found a publisher with such dedication to providing quality teaching materials to Canadian students and their teachers.”

Ted Glenn
Professor and Program Coordinator of Public Administration
Humber College


“It is my pleasure to highly recommend Canadian Scholars to you. Right from the proposal process, through to editing and publication, all of the staff were professional, talented, helpful, patient, and kind. My experience with the press confirmed my belief that an author can write a ‘good’ book, but the editing and publication team are the ones who make it ‘great’. If you’ve written a good manuscript, and want to make it a great publication, work with Canadian Scholars!”

Judah Oudshoorn
Professor of Community and Criminal Justice
Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning


Canadian Scholars provided my colleague and me with excellent support throughout the publication process, from clear guidelines and timely feedback on manuscript preparation to highly skilled copy editing. The team at Canadian Scholars are true professionals. It was a pleasure working with them.”

Steve Roe
Dean of Academic and Vocational Programs
Northern Lights College


“It was a pleasure working with the team at Canadian Scholars! They are such careful workers! We are totally impressed by their professionalism and expertise.”

Pamela den Ouden
Coordinator of International Education
Northern Lights College


Chat with an editor

We would love to discuss publishing with you!
Contact Acquisitions Editor Colin Owen at 416–929–2774 ext. 241 or email colin.owen@canadianscholars.ca

If you and/or several faculty members are new to publishing and would like to learn more about the steps, contact Colin to request a publishing seminar.

Who’s Who at Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press

Lily Bergh (pronouns: she/her/hers) is our Publisher and Vice-President and is responsible for the overall direction of Canadian Scholars | Women’s Press. She has worked in publishing for over a decade and is excited to explore new areas of growth for our press.

Emma Melnyk (pronouns: she/her/hers) is the Acquisitions Editor for Social Work, French, Nursing, Child and Youth Care, Canadian Studies, History and Religious Studies. She is also the editor for Canadian Scholars’ college textbook program.

Sarah Powell (pronouns: she/her/hers) is the Acquisitions Editor acquiring in Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Health Studies (excluding Nursing), Sociology, Anthropology, Disability Studies, Political Science, Labour Studies, and Geography/Environmental Studies. Sarah works in Canadian Scholars’ satellite office in Vancouver, and she’s eager to chat about new projects. After hours, she can be found taking in live music, wandering around Granville Island, and enjoying all the natural wonders BC has to offer.

Colin Owen (pronouns: he/him/his) is the Acquisitions Editor for Business,Communication, Education, English, Early Childhood Education, and Philosophy. Colin spends a good portion of time reading philosophy and wandering. He is always excited to discuss new projects, emerging ideas, and course needs in your field.

Natalie Garriga (pronouns: she/her/hers) is an Editorial/Production Manager, working to bring our titles all the way from draft manuscript through to printed book. She supports our talented authors as they develop their manuscripts, coordinates the peer review process, and works with freelancers to produce the finished book. Outside of work, she loves to read and shares her home and her books with two troublesome cats.

Lizzie Di Giacomo (pronouns: she/her/hers) is an Editorial/Production Manager working on our titles through all stages of development and production.

Katherine Kurowski Katherine Kurowski (pronouns: she/her/hers) is an Editorial/Production Manager, working with authors and editors to bring their titles from development to production to publication. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and painting with watercolours.