Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for authors

Your initial submission should include a brief synopsis, a sample chapter, a detailed chapter outline and an author biography. If you have any questions about a potential project, please email Ruth Linka, Associate Publisher, at

The novels we are looking for will be defined by the following criteria:

  • • 12,000–20,000 words
  • • Plots should involve contemporary, straightforward stories using a linear narrative format (little or no use of flashbacks) and the action should take place over a relatively short time frame
  • • Written in simple language with limited use of complex sentences and multiple clauses
  • • Stories without complex subplots
  • • A small cast of characters is most effective

Submissions may be sent to:Rapid Reads Editor
Orca Book Publishers
PO Box 5626, Stn. B
Victoria, BC
V8R 6S4