Submissions - The FOLD
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Throughout the year, the festival includes a number of opportunities to submit writing at our annual events or in our program.

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect provides an opportunity for aspiring authors to sit down with an editor or agent to receive feedback on the opening pages of a completed manuscript on the last day of the festival. Successful applicants are assigned a 20-minute time period to meet one-on-one with an editor or agent who will review your work prior to the meeting and provide you with helpful advice based on their reading.

Pitch Perfect takes place on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, from 9am – 12pm, and is followed by the Writers’ Hub — a marketplace to connect with other agents and editors.

The cost for a 20-minute review session is $40.00. Payment for Pitch Perfect will only be requested once an application is approved.

To apply for Pitch Perfect, submit an application by 11:59pm on Saturday, February 15.

If you have additional questions about Pitch Perfect, check out our FAQ’s on the FOLD Blog.

FOLD Program

The FOLD Program is published in advance of the festival and includes the festival schedule  as well as articles and essays . The program is circulated year-round throughout the GTA at FOLD events as a way to promote diverse Canadian authors and stories.

This year, the FOLD is once again accepting non-fiction and poetry submissions and is looking for essays and articles that cover a diverse range of experiences and the challenges that lie ahead for Canadian publishing.

If you’re an emerging writer or a publishing professional with insight into the industry, or if you’re a magazine with a piece by an underrepresented storyteller that you’d like to see gain another round of attention, consider submitting to the FOLD 2020 program.

The Program will be distributed at a wide variety of schools in the GTA; as such, please ensure that submissions are appropriate for high school audiences.

Articles and essays should be between 1000-2000 words and should speak from a position of lived experience. Poems may be any length, though preference may be given to shorter pieces.

Previously published articles are welcome, as are unpublished pieces. Authors whose UNPUBLISHED work is chosen for inclusion in the program will receive compensation in the amount of $100. Previously published pieces will receive compensation in the amount of $50.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on Saturday, February 15.

If you have any questions, email our Associate Program Editor, Dominik Parisien, at

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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