We are The Workhorsery, a brand new press based out of Toronto. We put out our first novel You and the Pirates by Jocelyne Allen in September 2009, and were delighted by the warm reception it got: shortlisted for the first annual Canada Also Reads competition put on by the National Post and up for Best English Book in the Expozine Alternative Press Awards. In November 2010, we published our second novel, Pitouie by Derek Winkler, and have been very pleased with the reception it’s gotten so far.
Now we are trying to find the next amazing novel to throw our considerable energy into. Unlike other publishers, we are eagerly looking to build up our slush pile! We thought that a writers’ group would be filled with creative writers and hence a good place to start looking. We would love to encourage your members to take a look at our submissions guidelines and see if their work might be the mix of jaw-dropping and awesome that we’re looking for.
As a publisher, our goal is to shake things up in the land of Canadian fiction, clear out the cobwebs and hear some fresh voices that stay far, far away from the bleak dignity of some poor farmer’s wife and her hardscrabble existence. CanLit has a certain cliché around it, one we would like to keep our distance from. We know there are Canadians writing innovative, imaginative, unconventional fiction and we want to get it in the hands of readers.
You can read more about us on our website www.theworkhorsery.ca, where you’ll also be able to download our submission guidelines, along with sample chapters of our releases. You can also check us out on facebook and twitter. And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to email us. We’d love to hear from you!