Undertow Publications publishes unique, literary genre fiction. Our goal is to prove – through exceptional literary writing – that genre material is not a pejorative, and that the scope, breadth and quality of Canadian genre fiction is boundless and equal to its literary brethren in Canada and throughout the world. Our focus is mostly the short story – the perfect, precise art forum.
Founded in 2009, Undertow Publications is renowned for its award-winning single author collections and anthologies. We’re a five-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. We’ve also won the Shirley Jackson Award, and the British Fantasy Award. Dozens of the short stories we’ve published have gone on to be reprinted in various ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies; been short-listed for awards; and placed on year-end recommended reading lists. One of our titles, “Helpmeet,” by Naben Ruthnum, made the Globe & Mail Top 100 list, and has been optioned for film.
Our anthologies and magazines have always been a diverse and eclectic forum for writers, whether in terms of gender, nationality, sexuality, or race. We know that to bring awareness of culturally diverse writings you need to publish diverse voices and viewpoints. We’ve always strived to do just that. Our focus this year and next year are marginalized and / or writers of colour. In 2022 we published books by Canadian writer Naben Ruthnum (Indo-Mauritiian), and Malaysian writer Cassandra Khaw. Our 2023 line-up has titles by Canadian author Premee Mohamed (Indo-Caribbean), and African author Tobi Ogundiran.