About Coteau Books

Coteau Books was incorporated in June of 1975 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, by four writers with Moose Jaw roots. Established to provide an outlet for Saskatchewan poetry. Coteau quickly added fiction to that mandate, and went on to include drama, non-fiction and finally children's literature to its offerings.

Coteau publishes and promotes examples of the best fiction, poetry, drama and young readers' fiction written in Canada. Our lists contain many Saskatchewan and prairie writers, and we continue to publish many first-time authors every year (which means, frequently, extraordinary editing time and costs). Coteau provides substantive editing for its publications, and quality production values in all cases, assurances of quality that make a great deal of difference to the present success and the future careers of our writers.

Coteau titles have been awarded the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1995 (Voice, by Anne Szumigalski) and for Fiction in 2002 (A Song for Nettie Johnson, by Gloria Sawai). Coteau titles have been finalists for the Governor General's award seven times, in fiction, poetry, drama and children's literature – one of few publishers who can claim nominations in so many genres.

Coteau Books is a registered non-profit production cooperative. Our current nine-member Board owns the press cooperatively, donating a great deal of volunteer time to operations. Coteau is contracted with Canadian distributor Publishers Group Canada (PGC) to undertake Canadian sales, and our orders are filled out of the Raincoast warehouse. We also have distribution in Australia (John Reed) and New Zealand (Jay Books). We are a "regional press" in terms of our geographical location only, not in terms of our editorial and marketing reach, or in the availability of our books.

Mandate

Coteau Books' current mandate is:

  • to publish and present to the world market Canadian literary writing, with an emphasis on Saskatchewan and prairie writers
  • to establish an active program of developing and publishing works of young readers' fiction which demonstrate literary excellence as well as portraying understanding between people and the value of community
  • to present new voices and works of literary excellence to the world market by developing new writers and fostering and furthering the careers of established writers