Between the Lines publishes non-fiction books in the following subject areas: politics and public policy issues, social issues, activism and social movements, development studies, critical race studies, First Nations issues, history, sociology, popular education, the environment, health, gender and sexuality, social work, labour, globalization, criminology, technology, media, and culture. For examples of the kinds of books we publish, please browse through our catalogue. Please note that we do not publish fiction, poetry, or children’s books.
Our books are widely adopted for post-secondary course use and some have won prestigious academic awards; however, BTL books remain accessible to a broad audience of engaged readers and our titles span both the academic and trade market. BTL is proudly left-wing and the books we publish reflect our activist roots and our commitment to social justice struggles. BTL authors are academics, journalists, artists, and activists – all our authors hope their books will spark political and social change.
Please do not send a proposal that does not fit our publishing mandate – we will not reply. Due to the large volume of proposals we receive, we will not respond to proposals that do not follow our guidelines. If we like your proposal we’ll try to get back to you within two months but please note that it may take up to six months for us to review and respond.
We prefer to receive proposals rather than entire manuscripts for consideration. An initial package should contain the following:
We prefer that you submit your proposal as a pdf by email to email@example.com.
If you would prefer to mail us your proposal, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you would like your material to be returned, be sure to include enough postage (or international reply coupons outside Canada) and a sufficiently large envelope. Please address all printed materials to:
Submissions / Editorial Coordinator
Between the Lines
401 Richmond Street West
Are you just embarking on your writing career? Contact the Ontario Arts Council Literature office for information on Ontario book publishers and the Ontario Writers Reserve Fund or the Association of Canadian Publishers for information on Canadian book publishers and advice on how to get published.