Our Story

Whispering Wick is a small, Ontario-based chapbook publisher. We take on new and emerging Canadian authors and publish short fiction and poetry. Our main goal is to aid marginalized voices and new authors in some of their first publications. All our publications are handmade by our team and all profits we make go right back into the press.


Whispering Wick Chapbook Press was founded by Tamara Thompson with the help of Nathaniel Boulard-Patterson. All of our current staff, including our founders, have 3+ years of publishing experience from attending Sheridan College's Creative Writing and Publishing program together. Because of this, our team has been able to know and respect each other not only personally, but as authors, publishers, and editors alike.

While some of our first publications have been authored by our staff, our main focus in the future is to publish work written outside our press. We want your work, so please check out our submissions guidelines and submit to us!

Editorial Vision

Whispering Wick is all about cultivating a strong author / editor relationship. We aim to always be constructive, considerate, and above all, collaborative with our authors. Because of this, our accepted works will often undergo multiple rounds of edits where the author and editor work together to elevate the work to the best it can be. Often the publication process can seem unknowable and secretive to the outside perspective, and we want to allow our authors to learn more about the publication process and the industry along with us.

That being said, our editorial vision is one that champions unique and layered poetry and prose. We look for works that stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Our Philosophy

Whispering Wick aspires to support new and emerging Canadian authors, especially those from a marginalized community. We hope to lift and amplify creative voices from across Canada through handcrafted chapbooks filled with poetry and short fiction.


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