We are pleased to announce the arrival of VS. Books, a new imprint and mentorship opportunity with author and artist Vivek Shraya.
Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour, between the ages of 18–24 living in Canada, are invited to
submit their manuscripts and apply for a mentorship with Shraya by September 15, 2017. The mentorship
comes with a publishing contract with Arsenal Pulp Press for spring 2019. The one-on-one mentorship with
Shraya (which can be conducted in person or remotely via Skype) includes editorial feedback on the
selected applicant’s manuscript, writing support, as well as assistance in developing a marketing plan and
book launch in order to prepare the selected applicant for the publication process. Full submission
guidelines and mentorship details can be accessed at vsbooks.ca
Shraya conceived of the imprint when she reflected on the barriers she’s faced because of her race, gender
and sexuality in her fifteen-year career as a multidisciplinary artist as well as her experiences mentoring
nine young artists of colour through her mentorship program in 2016.
The need for publishing opportunities, above all else, gave Shraya the idea for a new mentorship paired with
a publishing contract that would culminate in a physical book. Shraya approached Brian Lam at Arsenal
Pulp Press about a collaboration, and the VS. Books imprint was born.
Vivek Shraya is the author of four books published by Arsenal: the YA book God Loves Hair
, the novel She of the Mountains
, the poetry collection even this page is white
, and the children's picture book The Boy & the Bindi
Watch for the first title in the VS. Books imprint in the spring of 2019.