Submissions

Please note that we are CLOSED for submissions again as of 2016/09/26.


Submissions guidelines

Our submissions are currently CLOSED.

Please read the entire page carefully, as submissions which do not meet our guidelines will be automatically rejected. We only accept submissions of authors who are local to Montreal and Ottawa/Gatineau.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail at [email protected].

 

NOVELS

What we want

We prefer submissions with an element of the fantastic and/or which fit in one or more of these genres: historical, fantasy, romance, YA, LGBT, and horror, though all quality submission will be considered.

We also ask that if your novel is part of a series, that the books be a complete story by themselves, as in, please do not end your first novel on a cliffhanger, or submit only the first part of a complete story.

What we don’t want

No pedophilia, rape or incest for titillation purposes. These can certainly be in a character’s background or as a story catalyst but we don’t want stories centering on those crimes. If in doubt, send it and we’ll let you know.

We are also not looking for anthologies, nor are we considering poetry of any form.


Simultaneous submissions

We accept simultaneous submissions under the following provisions: you must tell us whether or not your submission is exclusive when you send it, and should you be accepted somewhere else, we ask to be notified immediately.


Age requirement

For legal reasons, we ask that you be 18 or older if you submit your work to us.


Word count guidelines

We ask that your novel be between 40,000 words and 100,000 words. We will consider anything outside of these guidelines on a case by case basis.


Previously published/self-published work

We will consider previously published manuscripts (including sequels to a series which has first been published somewhere else) on a case by case basis. However, you must own all copyrights to your work and be free of any contract with any other publisher before submitting to us.


Preparing your manuscript for submission

Please make sure your manuscript is ready for submission before sending it to us. First of all, make sure it is complete; we will not consider any works in progress. Also, make sure you do not send in your first draft; please make your revisions and send us your most polished work. You should show your work to at least one person (who isn’t your mother or your best friend) before you send it to us.

Remember: we will make our decision based on the quality of what we have in front of us.


What to send

Please note that we are a green company, and accept electronic submissions via email ONLY.

Send us a query or cover letter including your name, contact information, title, genre, and final word count of your manuscript, as well as a short blurb. Let us know if it is meant to be part of a series, and include any other relevant information as described above. After your letter, we ask that you send a short, 1-2 page synopsis of your story (and we mean your entire story, including the end, so we can tell whether or not the story progresses logically to its climax, and is absent of plot holes.)

Put the subject heading “Submission: Your title, your name”, and paste your letter, synopsis, and the first ten pages in the body of your email. Along with that, please attach your first three chapters (or first 60 pages for non-chapter divisions, or chapters which are exceptionally long or short.) Please do not end your sample in the middle of a sentence, and save it as a word document. We will not open .zip files. For more information on how to format your three chapter sample, please read “sending your full manuscript” below.


Sending your full manuscript

We ask that you do not send your full manuscript at first. If we like your project, we will ask for it, and ask that you format it according to the following: your manuscript should be formatted with a serif font, such as Times New Roman or Courier, double-spaced, left aligned. Please include contact information at the beginning of your manuscript, and put page numbers in the upper right corner, along with your last name and title. Make sure to put a page break at the beginning of your chapters instead of pressing enter, and save it as a Word document.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY SUBMISSION WHICH FAILS TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE DISREGARDED AND UNANSWERED.


Turnaround time

We currently take about one month to respond to a query and three months to reply to a full manuscript submission, though we make every effort to answer as soon as possible. We review and answer the submissions in the order in which they were received. We will let you know whether or not we are interested in your work. If you do not get a reply, feel free to send an email to [email protected] inquiring as to the status of your work.

Games

Renaissance has a brand-new gaming department. We are interested in producing board games, card games, and table-top role-playing games.

How to submit your idea

Please send an email to [email protected] including the following:

  • description of your idea (What kind of a game is it? Card game, board game, table-top RPG? What is the theme? How is it played?)
  • What are other games like it on the market, and how is your game different?
  • If your game pertains to a work currently under copyright, do you have a licensing agreement with the copyright holder?
  • Do you already have an illustrator working with you? If so, please attach a sample of their work.
  • Has the game already been play-tested by an independent group?
  • In the case of a table-top RPG, do you have your own system or are you using a system which already exists? If you are using a system which already exists, is it an open license? If not, do you have a licensing agreement? If you have your own system, please attach the rules as a PDF or word document.
  • In the case of a card game or board game, please attach the rules.