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Frequently Asked Questions

1. I’m having trouble with my subscription/my Omni account/the Q&Q app. Can you help me?
If you’re unable to solve your problem by logging into Q&Q’s subscriber area, contact help@quillandquire.com for assistance with subscriptions or app access.

2. How can a get a copy of an old article or review that appeared in Q&Q?
Most articles published from April 1996 to date (as well as selected articles dating back to 1990) are available on quillandquire.com. Some articles are free, but others can be viewed only for subscribers of Q&Q Omni. If you are looking for an older article published in the magazine, contact help@quillandquire.com. Please provide as much information as possible on the article you are looking for. (A small fee may apply.)

3. How can I order a back issue?
Q&Q offers back issues for sale dating back to January 2006. To purchase a back issue, contact help@quillandquire.com. Please note that not all issues are available.

4. How can I obtain a copy of your editorial calendar?
’s editorial calendar and media kit is available for download on the advertising page.

5. How can I intern at Q&Q?
We’re sorry, but Q&Q currently does not have any internship positions available.

6. How can I write/review for Q&Q?
General story pitches may be sent to editor Sue Carter. Those interested in writing reviews may contact review editor Steven W. Beattie or Books for Young People editor Dory Cerny. Please note: Q&Q does not accept unsolicited reviews.

7. How can I get my book reviewed by Q&Q?
Q&Q aims to run reviews of books before the finished book is available, so manuscripts or galleys must be received at least two months before publication. Picture books are also reviewed from page proofs when possible, and should be sent in advance of publication. Digital ARCs are accepted, though printed manuscripts or galleys are preferred, especially for highly visual books. Send review copies to: Quill & Quire, 111 Queen Street East, Suite 320, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2.

8. How do you decide what books to review?
With thousands of new books published in Canada (Q&Q reviews titles by Canadian authors/illustrators/editors almost exclusively) each year, it’s impossible for Q&Q to review more than a small fraction. Still, the magazine runs about 300 reviews of new fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children’s books, and YA each year and makes every attempt to include books that Q&Q anticipates will be of commercial and/or critical significance. Q&Q tries to balance its coverage of books published by major houses with those published by smaller independent presses, but usually does not review professional, educational, or self-published titles. Within the non-fiction genre, the review section tends to focus on “idea” books – history, biography, current affairs – rather than gardening, guidebooks, how-tos, or cookbooks, although books in these categories are featured from time to time. Spring and fall preview coverage is not comprehensive, and does not include books from all Canadian publishers.

9. How do I submit information on forthcoming books?
Information on new books, catalogues, and highlights of forthcoming seasons may be sent to review editor Steven W. Beattie. Information on books for children and young adults may be sent to Books for Young People editor Dory Cerny. Spring and fall preview coverage features a selection of the season’s forthcoming titles under the categories of Canadian fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, with some international coverage.

10. Can someone at Q&Q review my unpublished manuscript for me?
We’re sorry, but Q&Q editors are not able to offer personal editorial advice on unpublished works.

11. What’s a “quire”?
The name Quill & Quire dates back to the magazine’s early focus on office supplies and stationary. A “quire” is a measurement of paper. In medieval times, a quire was four sheets of paper folded in half to form eight leaves. It also can refer to any collection of leaves, one within another, in a manuscript or book, or 25 (sometimes 24) sheets of paper, also known as one twentieth of a ream – a word for another magazine’s FAQ to define.