Here are a few guidelines for submitting a manuscript to
Éditions Alire :
Alire is a specialized publisher. Every year we receive more
than four hundred manuscript submissions. We therefore encourage
you to read the following carefully in order to avoid making
pointless submissions. We publish exclusively in french...
...what are commonly referred to as popular literary genres,
that is to say crime and spy novels, as well as supernatural
and fantastic stories, fantasy and science fiction. We also publish
essays on these genres, or subjects closely related to them.
...fiction aimed at an adult readership, i.e. 16 years or
older. Alire does not publish young adult or children's books,
or essays on literary genres exclusively related to these categories.
...works of at least 37,500 words, (225,000 characters), which
is the minimal limit of what is commonly called long fiction,
(a novel). We do not have a maximum word limit.
Important note :
We do not currently accept collections of short stories. The
only works of this type are those specifically requested by the
Presentation of manuscripts
The ideal paper size is 8 1/2" by 11", (letter format).
The text must be typed and printed double-spaced, about 25 lines
per page. Each line should be about 80 characters long (12-point
type). If possible the submission should not be printed/typed
front and back.
A single copy is required.
You can send it to us loose-leaf (making sure to paginate!),
stapled, paper-clipped, or bound, etc. Make sure that all the
pages are there!
Since we have many editorial readers and all of them prefer
to read hard copy, we do not accept manuscripts submitted by
e-mail, or sent to us only in electronic form, on CD or any other
All manuscripts (french only) must be submitted to
the following address :
attn.: Editorial Committee
C.P. 67, Succ. B.
Québec (Québec) Canada
Please clearly indicate on the title page :
- Your name
- Your complete postal address
- Your telephone number and your fax number (if you have one)
- Your e-mail address (if you have one)
- The title of your book
If you wish, you can include a short letter describing yourself
and your manuscript
We always appreciate it when a concise summary of the plot, (synopsis)
is included with the submission.
When we receive your manuscript:
- An acknowledgement of receipt is sent out by mail within
two weeks of the arrival of a manuscript.
- The editorial committee takes 90 to 180 days (depending on
the number of submissions currently being reviewed) to make its
decision. Éditions Alire cannot promise to give editorial
reports to all authors.
- Submitted manuscripts can be returned to the author at any
time, by mail, simply on request. A cheque or international money
order for $5 Canadian ($10 for manuscripts from outside Canada),
payable to Éditions Alire, must accompany the request
to cover shipping and handling costs.