Publishing with Portage & Main Press
Since 1967, Portage & Main Press has been publishing quality educational resources for teachers and students. Our authors are master educators, dedicated to the success of all learners. Our books – practical, yet based on solid theory and research – help teachers make real change in their classrooms and in the lives of their students.
Portage & Main Press seeks manuscripts that advance the goals of professional educators.
Books that focus on collaborative, inclusive, project-based, inquiry-based best practices, books that are curriculum-based, and books that include Indigenous perspectives and knowledge.
WE DO NOT PUBLISH
Books outside the educational realm (including general fiction, children’s fiction, memoirs, poetry, and general nonfiction).
Student writing, dissertations, or personal journals.
For All Submissions to Portage & Main Press:
To submit, please provide
- A cover letter, including a brief synopsis of the book. Tell us why your book is a good idea, who would buy it, and what distinguishes it from competing titles.
- A table of contents or outline
- A representative sample of the manuscript (no more than 20 pages)
- Information about proposed illustrations or photography
- A CV indicating your previous writing experience and your credentials and expertise in the proposed subject area.
All submissions should be provided in a standard, letter-size document in a regular 12-pt font. Email submissions should be sent as a PDF that conforms to these guidelines.
Include your name, address, and email address in your cover letter and on the manuscript.
If you are submitting your manuscript simultaneously to other publishers, please tell us in the cover letter.
Please do not submit an original copy of your manuscript, as manuscripts cannot be returned, and we cannot be responsible for unsolicited manuscripts. Likewise, do not submit original artwork or photographs.
Do not send your full manuscript. If we like your sample, we will contact you for more.
Please note that it may take from three to six months to respond to your query.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to
Portage & Main Press
100-318 McDermot Avenue
We regret that, due to the volume of queries received, we are unable to provide feedback or critiques of your work. Please make use of resources in your community, such as writers-in-residence at your local library, and writers’ groups for these purposes.
The submission guidelines for HighWater Press are available here. HWP_Submissions_Guidelines_4