Welcome to the Nimbus Publishing & Vagrant Press submissions page.


Nimbus Publishing and its adult fiction imprint, Vagrant Press, is the largest English-language publisher on Canada's east coast.


Locally, nationally and internationally, Nimbus is best known and widely recognized as the premier publisher of books about Atlantic Canada. Our list is wonderfully diverse, with many titles that have found success in an incredibly competitive marketplace.

Several of our books have been nominated for or received prominent awards, including the Governor General's Award, National Business Book Award, the Marilynn Baillie Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award, Hackmatack Award, and many more.

We currently publish over forty books a year, and they usually fall into one or more of these categories: biography, art, history, science and nature, political and social issues, folklore, children’s fiction and non-fiction, sports, guidebooks, cookbooks, and photographic books. We publish fiction for adults under the Vagrant Press imprint. Nimbus does not publish in the following sub-genres: self-help, religion, philosophy, drama, erotica.


As of February 1, we have moved to an online submission system powered by Submittable. All submissions must be received through this website, via a Submittable account. We will accept snail-mailed submissions until March 1. Any submissions received by mail after this date will be recycled.


Please note: We do not provide printing, writing, or translation services.

Please carefully review our General Submission Guidelines before submitting a manuscript.

When you're ready to begin the submissions process with Nimbus or Vagrant, click the "submit" button. You may be asked sign up for, or log in to, a free Submittable account.

If you have questions or concerns with how to use your Submittable account, please email support@submittable.com.


General Submission Guidelines


Do

  • Include a cover letter with a current mailing address, phone number, and email address; a description of the book and its market (1 page); a short bio.
  • Include a detailed table of contents or outline (1 page).
  • Send the first three to four chapters (or approximately 50 pages).
  • Browse the Nimbus website and back catalogues to ensure your project is a good fit with our publishing program.
  • Send simultaneous submissions—simply notify us if your manuscript is under consideration elsewhere, and, of course, if it is accepted for publication while it is under our consideration.
  • Expect an eventual response. Please be patient—it can take us up to 12 months to respond to a submission.
  • Expect us to treat all materials confidentially.


Do not

  • Propose a project that does not reflect or speak directly to Atlantic Canada’s people, places, history, or culture.
  • Include illustrations with a proposal. If you are an illustrator interested in working with Nimbus, please use Submittable to upload a portfolio.
  • Phone us about a submission.
  • Expect feedback. We receive hundreds of submissions each year and are only able to offer feedback on those submissions that are possibilities for our publishing program.
  • Send submissions by mail.
Vagrant Press, Nimbus Publishing’s adult fiction imprint, publishes works of literary and historical fiction, mystery, and regional interest. We are highly competitive, publishing only four to six titles annually.

Vagrant aims to publish high-quality, original books. We’re looking for stories with broad appeal, and writing that is modern and innovative. We are dedicated to supporting Atlantic Canadian writers, and as such first consideration will be given to manuscripts written by Atlantic Canadians.

While we are primarily interested in literary novels, we will consider collections of short fiction. In general, we are not interested in genre fiction (romance, speculative fiction), although we will consider mystery/crime novels.

Please note that Vagrant publishes only four to six titles annually. We are therefore very selective and can only publish a small fraction of the submissions we receive.

Average response time is 6 to 8 months. If you have not received a response after 12 months, you may email editorial@nimbus.ca for an update. Please, no phone calls.


When you are ready to begin, please verify your mailing address, and click "Save address and continue" to move on to the submission forms.

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nimbus is best known and internationally recognized as the premier publisher of books about Atlantic Canada.

Our list is wonderfully diverse. We publish over forty books annually, and many of our titles have found success in an incredibly competitive marketplace. Our books have won or been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Marilyn Baillie Award, the National Business Book Award, the APMA Best Atlantic Published Book Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and been named best books by Quill & Quire, CBC, Canadian Children's Book News, and many more.


Our books usually fall into one or more of these categories: biography, art, history, science and nature, political and social issues, folklore, children’s fiction and non-fiction, sports, guidebooks, cookbooks, and photographic books. We will occasionally publish exceptional works of poetry on a commission-only basis. 

We publish fiction for adults under the Vagrant Press imprint. Nimbus does not publish in the following sub-genres: self-help, religion, philosophy, drama, erotica.


Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your manuscript is under consideration elsewhere, and, of course, if it is accepted for publication while it is under our consideration.


Average response time is 4 to 6 months. If you have not received a response by 12 months, you may email editorial@nimbus.ca. Please, no phone calls.


When you are ready to begin, please verify your mailing address, and click "Save address and continue" to move on to the submission forms.

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