Submission Policy


Harbour publishes about twenty books a year in many genres, but mainly on topics concerning the west coast of British Columbia. Over the decades Harbour has gone out of its way to offer a friendly home for writers from under-represented British Columbia communities including workers, women, Indigenous people, LGBTQ2+ people, Asians, South Asians, people of colour and other minorities and continues to strive for inclusiveness in its program.

Some recent titles with a focus on British Columbia are Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia and Still Fishin’: The BC Fishing Industry Revisited. We publish guidebooks and natural history, such as Kayaking Vancouver Island: Great Trips from Port Hardy to Victoria, Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest  and A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone and Mineral Sites in British Columbia. We have also published children's titles including Boys, Girls and Body Science and Fishing with Gubby. Recent poetry releases include Patrick Lane's Witness: Selected Poems 1962-2010. Other titles include novels, gardening titles, art books, cookbooks and anthologies. Prospective authors may consider any one of the above mentioned titles as typical of Harbour output in terms of content and style.

Under its Lost Moose imprint the press also publishes books about life in Canada's North with titles such as House Calls by Dogsled: Six Years in an Arctic Medical Outpost and The Boreal Gourmet: Adventures in Northern Cooking. Please consider browsing this website for a better knowledge of Harbour's range.


Submissions Policy

No phone calls, please.
We accept unsolicited manuscripts and regularly receive 1,000 per year, which we read as time permits. Please begin with a letter of enquiry which includes an outline, a bio, publication credits (if applicable) and a sample of the work. Manuscripts must be legible and submitted on hard copy or by email as an attached MS-Word (.doc) file. Please send your submission to:


Harbour Publishing
P.O. Box 219
Madeira Park, BC
V0N 2H0

Please write your name and address on the manuscript, not just the envelope and cover letter. Although we will make our best effort to return materials when requested and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) is included, we do not guarantee it. Manuscripts can and do get lost. All submissions are made at the sender’s own risk, even where the press has indicated interest. Do not send original art or photos.

Acceptance Procedure

Once your manuscript is received, you will receive an acknowledgement card or email within two months. If the press is interested in publishing your work, you may be asked to submit an author questionnaire listing previous publications, vital statistics, etc. We may also make suggestions as to how your manuscript can be changed to make it more publishable. You may be also shown a contract for perusal so you may understand the terms under which Harbour authors work. None of these things constitute a commitment to publish the work. That occurs only when a contract is signed by both parties.

Contract Terms

Harbour offers full distribution across Canada and into the U.S. and U.K. where appropriate. Foreign language rights and subsidiary rights (film, etc.) are actively marketed. The press acquires world rights to the work and pays industry standard royalties. Advances are negotiable, based on the commercial potential of the book.