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Call for Writers: broke press 2024 Catalogue

About broke press


At broke press, the purpose of publishing is seen simply as getting art to an audience. broke press fulfills this mandate by producing chapbooks and poetry zines, by both emerging and established Canadian writers.


broke press publications are produced using a mix of modern and traditional bookmaking processes. Digitally designed and printed, broke press chapbooks are then hand-folded, -trimmed, and -bound. Great care is put into the production of each literary creation.


Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, in Vernon, British Columbia, broke press is operated solely by Clare Thiessen, who acts as editor, designer, and book maker.


Submission guidelines


Submissions to broke press are open until midnight on February 29, 2024. Submissions must be emailed to brokepress@gmail.com as a pdf.

  • Manuscripts must be written by Canadian writers

  • All and any genres are accepted

  • Manuscripts must be no more than 16 pages in length

  • Manuscripts must be previously unpublished as a whole (If certain poems or excerpts have been published online or in print, please make a note of that in your email!)

  • Manuscripts must be in an easy-to-read serif font (such as Garamond, Constantia, or Times New Roman)


Manuscripts that do not conform to the guidelines will not be considered, due to the large volume of submissions.


The submission fee for this submission window is a sliding scale between $10- $25.


Expect to hear back regarding the status of your submission by late March, 2024. Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for the 2024 catalogue will be paid an honorarium of $100 and 20% of the print run upon publication.