Brick is an unpredictable, original, yet reliable feast which I’ve enjoyed year after year. Nobody who cares about books or life could be disappointed in it.

— Alice Munro

 

The best literary publication in North America.

— Annie Proulx

 

Brick is an international literary journal published twice a year out of Toronto. With a focus on literary non-fiction—and a willingness to stray when our hearts are taken—the magazine prizes the personal voice and celebrates life, art, and the written word with the most invigorating and challenging essays, interviews, translations, memoirs, belles lettres, and unusual musings we can get our hands on. We’re guided by the quotation that appears on the masthead of every issue:

Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

In our pages, you’ll find opinion, passion, revelation, and the occasional bad joke.

Each issue of Brick brings new essays and insights from the world’s best-loved writers and introduces fresh, emerging voices from all over. Since its inception in 1977, Brick has featured such heavyweights as John Berger, Karen Solie, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Zadie Smith, John Irving, and Louise Erdrich.

As much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mind, Brick regularly features art and photographic inserts and has been widely praised for its design. Every six months, we are building an artifact—a volume to read and keep and return to.

Get to Know Us Better

Want to know more about Brick before you purchase or subscribe? Head to brickmag.com/newsletter to subscribe to Bricolage, Brick‘s monthly newsletter, and have sampling of the best of the magazine delivered right to your inbox.

History

Brick was founded in London, Ontario, in 1977 by Stan Dragland and Jean McKay. From 1985 until 2013, Michael Ondaatje led the magazine and helped to establish its international reputation, leaving a legacy of intellectual curiosity and passion for the written word.

Now based in Toronto and edited by Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Laurie D. Graham, Michael Helm, Liz Johnston, Rebecca Silver Slayter, and Madeleine Thien, Brick brings international voices to Canadian readers and Canadian voices to the world in the widest and most galvanizing exploration of the arts possible.

Brick is published twice a year and distributed to bookstores worldwide.

ISSN: 0382-8565


Masthead

  • Publisher
    Laurie D. Graham
  • Editors
    Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Laurie D. Graham, Michael Helm,
    Liz Johnston, Rebecca Silver Slayter, Madeleine Thien
  • Contributing Editors
    Teju Cole, Robert Hass, Anne McLean, Tara Quinn,
    Souvankham Thammavongsa
  • Managing Editor
    Allison LaSorda
  • Circulation & Marketing Manager
    Yohani Mendis
  • Publishing Assistant
    Orly Zebak
  • Art Director
    Mark Byk
  • Readers
    Orly Zebak, Rachel Gerry, Yohani Mendis, Pablo Pizarro Janczur
  • Brick Podcast Producer
    Sarah Melton
  • Original Design
    Gordon Robertson, Rick/Simon
  • Logos
    David Bolduc
  • Copy Editors
    Heather Sangster & Liz Johnston
  • Website Design
    Mark Byk with Matthew McKinnon
  • Founders
    Stan Dragland & Jean McKay


    Brick Podcast

    Featuring interviews with writers, poets, artists, and storytellers from the magazine’s pages, Brick Podcast lets you hear what moves Brick’s contributors to create, what fuels their practice, and what they can’t stop thinking about. Available on iTunes or right here, Brick Podcast is hosted and produced by Sarah Melton.


Frequently Asked Questions

How often does Brick come out?
We publish two issues per year: Winter (on newsstands from late November to May), and Summer (late May to November).

Where can I buy copies of the magazine?
Brick is available at bookstores and newsagents across Canada and the United States. For a complete list of stores, check here. If you don’t see your local bookstore listed, you might want to ask them to carry Brick (we’d love it if you would), or better yet, you could subscribe and we’ll come directly to your door.

How can I subscribe?
You can easily order Brick online through our Orders page, or send a cheque or money order with your name and address to:

Brick
P.O. Box 609, STN P
Toronto, ON
M5S 2Y4 Canada

A two-year subscription (that’s four issues!) to Brick is $48 CAD in Canada, $50 USD in the U.S., and $56 USD overseas. We’re pleased to introduce one-year (two issue) subscriptions for $28 CAD in Canada, $29 USD in the U.S., and $33 USD for international subscriptions.

Okay, I’m a subscriber. It’s mid-June (or mid-December). Where’s my Brick?
Depending on where you live and the odd irregularities of the post, your issue of Brick may take a little longer to get to you. If it has been more than a couple of weeks and you’re feeling anxious, please do get in touch to ensure we have your correct address.

How do I change my address?
Send us an email with your old and new address clearly distinguished. We’ll do the rest, and even send you a confirmation email.

I have an idea for a Brick piece. To whom should I address my query letter?
Alas, to someone else. Brick does not accept queries, we are only interested in hard copies of completed manuscripts.

How can I submit to Brick?
We’re happy to accept a hard copy of your non-fiction manuscript, but first, to ensure you meet all of our guidelines, please go to our submissions guidelines.

Who should I email my fiction and/or poetry to?
Please, not us. Brick does not accept unsolicited fiction or poetry, or any submissions by email. Please reread our submissions guidelines.

Does Brick offer internships?
Although we have no formal internship program, we do occasionally offer keen individuals the chance to volunteer with us on a part-time basis. If interested, please send us a brief email outlining your interest in Brick with a copy of your CV and let us contact you when we’re looking.

What information does Brick collect through this website, and how is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is very important to us and we are committed to complying with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) and any applicable provincial privacy legislation. We believe in fully disclosing the ways in which we collect, use, disclose, and otherwise manage your personal information. You can find this information, along with information about how you can opt out of certain communications, in our privacy policy.

 



Submissions

Is Your Work Right For Brick?

Brick prides itself on publishing the best literary non-fiction in the world, and we are eager to read your freshest, most impeccable, most compelling non-fiction submissions. We welcome diverse voices charting broad imaginings, current conversations, rich ideas, urgent passions, and beautiful, thoughtful, difficult, or irreverent art. Underrepresented writers—including but not limited to writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, non-binary, Deaf, and/or disabled—are especially encouraged to submit their literary non-fiction.

What is literary non-fiction, you ask? It’s a wider label than you might think. We are guided by the following tenet, which appears on the masthead of every issue of Brick:

Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Love has led Brick to publish essays of every description: on reading, the writing life, literature, art, ideas, travel, science, photography, the perfect ending, dance, sport, music, city-building, food, bathrooms, history . . . and we are always looking for new terrain. We are interested in the singular obsessions that compel you to write. We welcome humour, we welcome depth, we welcome the unclassifiable, and we welcome playfulness with the non-fiction form.

An average issue of Brick will contain essays, reviews, interviews, belle lettres, memoir, translations, and all manner of incidental ephemera. (Brick also contains the odd story or poem or piece of art or photography, but we sadly do not accept such submissions and will return them to you unread.)

Do take the time to familiarize yourself with a recent issue of the magazine or the work we post on our website before you submit to Brick. We do not consider queries, so ordering a few back issues or tracking Brick down at your local library is the best way to see if your finished work might suit our pages. You may also take advantage of the opportunity to pre-order an upcoming issue at a discount when you submit through Submittable.

Brick pays its contributors upon publication and offers $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

 

Submission Guidelines:

* We welcome submissions both by mail and online through Submittable.

* Brick is open for submissions twice a year: from September 1 to October 31, and from March 1 to April 30. Mailed submissions that come to us postmarked outside these dates will not be read or returned.

* We consider only finished, polished non-fiction submissions.

* Submissions must be previously unpublished.

* We will read simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

* Please only submit one piece at a time. Please wait for our response before sending us other work to consider. Multiple submissions will be automatically rejected.

* While Brick does not set a word limit, we tend towards a range of 1,000–5,000 words. Of course, rules like this were made to be broken. Whatever the length, the piece must be exemplary.

* Please allow up to six months for us to respond to your submission.

* If you would prefer to send your submission by mail, please mail it here:

Brick
P.O. Box 609, Stn P
Toronto, ON M5S 2Y4
Canada

* Please include an email address with your submission. If you would like us to respond by regular mail, or to return your manuscript, you must include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient Canadian postage.

* If you are submitting to Brick from the United States or from elsewhere outside of Canada, we will not be able to return your manuscript unless you include a cheque for $5.00 to cover the cost of Canadian postage.

* Submitters are welcome to state demographics such as race, age, gender, etc., in their cover letter if they so choose.

If you’ve read our guidelines above and are ready to submit your best non-fiction to Brick, please send it through Submittable (or by mail) during our submission periods. We look forward to reading your work.

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Where to Buy Brick

Over the past couple of years, we’ve had the pleasure of chatting/emailing with a handful of passionate, dedicated booksellers from around the world about their Brick-carrying bookstores. Click on one of the links below to read one of our Brickseller interviews.

Atlantic News, Halifax

Aye-Aye Books, Glasgow

City Lights Books, San Francisco

Quimby’s Bookstore, Chicago

Type Books, Toronto

Do You Read Me?!, Berlin

The Booksmith, San Francisco

Mac’s Fireweed Books, Whitehorse

London Review Bookshop, London

McNally Jackson Books, New York

Book City, Toronto


Aside from our online storeBrick can be purchased at the following bookstores and newsstands throughout the world:

Canada

Alberta

Banff

Goro Canyon Smoke & Gift Shop—222 Lynx Street

Calgary

Daily Globe News—1004 17 Avenue S.W.

Shelf Life Books—1302 4 Street S.W.

Chapters Indigo—various locations

Edmonton

Chapters Indigo—various locations

Grand Prairie 

Trumpeter (Al’s) News—10028 100 Avenue

Lethbridge

Club Cigar—301 5th Street South

Chapters Indigo—701 1st Avenue South

Medicine Hat 

Hat News & Tobacco—101-73 7th St SE

St. Albert

Chapters Indigo—445 St. Albert Trail

British Columbia

Coquitlam

Chapters Indigo—2991 Lougheed Highway

Dawson Creek 

Bill’s News and Confectionary—10212 10th Street

Kamloops

Chapters Indigo—1395 Hillside Drive

Kelowna

Chapters Indigo—Orchard Park

Nanaimo

Vancouver Island University Bookstore—Bldg 305, 900 5th Street 

Chapters Indigo—Woodgrove Centre

Nelson

Otter Books—398 Baker Street

Prince George

Books & Company—1685 3rd Avenue

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Books—104 McPhillips Avenue

Sidney

Tanner’s Books—2436 Beacon Avenue 

Surrey 

Chapters Indigo—2453-161A Street, Unit 10

Terrace

Misty River Books—103-4710 Lazelle Avenue

Vancouver

McNews—1460 Lonsdale Avenue

Chapters Indigo—various locations

Victoria

Bolen Books—111-1644 Hillside Avenue

Ivy’s Bookshop—2188 Oak Bay Avenue 

Munro’s Bookstore—1108 Government Street

Subtext—University of Victoria

West Vancouver 

Chapters Indigo—900 Park Royal S

Manitoba

Winnipeg

McNally Robinson Booksellers—1120 Grant Avenue

Chapters Indigo—Polo Festival, 695 Empress Street

New Brunswick

Dieppe 

Chapters Indigo—Crystal Palace, 1 Bass Pro Drive 

Riverview 

Reads—620 Coverdale Road

Saint John

Chapters Indigo—East Point Centre, 41 Fashion Drive

Newfoundland

St. John’s

Chapters Indigo—70 Kenmount Street

Nova Scotia

Dartmouth

Chapters Indigo—41 Mic Mac Boulevard

Greenwood

The Inside Story— 963 Central Avenue

Halifax

Atlantic News—5560 Morris Street

Ontario

Chapters Indigo—various locations throughout Ontario

Kingston

Novel Idea—156 Princess Street

Ottawa

Books on Beechwood—35 Beechwood Avenue

Glebe Smoke Shop—844 Bank Street

Pickering

Smoker’s Corner—Pickering Town Centre

Picton

Books & Company—289 Main Street

St. Catharines

Christopher’s Smoke Shop—26 James Street 

Toronto

Book City—348 Danforth Avenue

Book City—1950 Queen Street East

Book City—1430 Yonge Street

Page & Panel—789 Yonge Street

Presse Internationale—2068 Queen Street East 

Presse Internationale—537 Bloor Street West 

Karma Co-op—739 Palmerston Ave

Type Books—883 Queen Street West  

Waterloo

Words Worth Books —100 King Street South

Quebec

Montréal

Multimags—Monkland Village—5508 Avenue Monkland 

Multimags—Petite Italie—6889 Boul. St-Laurent

Chapters Indigo—1500, avenue McGilL College 

Pointe-Claire

Chapters Indigo—6321, autoroute Transcanadienne

Librairie Clio—261 St Jean

Saskatchewan

Regina

Chapters Indigo—Southland Mall

Saskatoon

McNally Robinson Booksellers—3130 8th Street East

Chapters Indigo—3322-8th Street E

Yukon

Whitehorse

Mac’s Fireweed Books—203 Main Street 

United States

California

Arcata

Northtown Books—957 H Street

Berkeley

Pegasus Books—2349 Shattuck Avenue

Books Inc—1491 Shattuck Avenue

Davis

Newsbeat—514 3rd Street

Los Angeles

Skylight Books—1818 North Vermont Avenue

The Kosher News—370 North Fairfax Avenue

San Diego

Hillcrest Newsstand—529 University Avenue, #3117

San Francisco

Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery—3036 24th Street

Books Inc.—601 Van Ness

Fog City News—455 Market Street, Suite 125

Kinokuniya Bookstore—1581 Webster Street

Smoke Signals—2223 Polk Street

Point Reyes Station

Point Reyes Books—11315 State Route 1

District of Columbia

Washington

Politics & Prose Bookstore—5015 Connecticut Avenue NW

Florida

Coral Gables

Books & Books—265 Aragon Avenue

Illinois

Chicago

City News—4018 N. Cicero Avenue

Quimby’s Bookstore—1854 W. North Avenue

Evanston

Chicago-Main Newsstand—860 Chicago Ave

Kentucky

Louisville

Carmichael’s Bookstore—1295 Bardstown Road

Carmichael’s Bookstore—2720 Frankfort Avenue

Massachusetts

Newburyport

Jabberwocky Bookshop & Café—Tannery Mill Bldg. 50 Water Street

Michigan

Kalamazoo

Michigan News Agency—308 W Michigan Ave

Nevada

Las Vegas

Writer’s Block—519 S. 6th Street, Suite.100

New Hampshire

Keene

Toadstool Bookshop—12 Emerald Street

New York

New York

McNally Jackson—52 Prince Street

North Carolina

Durham

The Regulator Bookshop—720 Ninth Street

Ohio

Columbus

Northstar Cafe BeechWold—4241 N High Street

Organic Trails Café—951 N High Street

Pennsylvania

Doylestown

The Doylestown Bookshop—16 S. Main Street

Philadelphia

Avril 50—3406 Sansom Street

Washington

Bellingham

Village Books and Paper Dreams—1200 11th Street

Eastsound

Darvill’s Bookstore—296 Main Street

Lake Forest Park

Third Place Books—17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101

Mercer Island

Island Books—3014 78th Avenue SE

Seattle

Elliott Bay Book Company—1521 Tenth Avenue

Kinokuniya Bookstore—525 South Weller Street

Magnolia’s Bookstore—3206 W. McGraw Street

Phinney Books—7405 Greenwood Avenue North

Queen Anne Book Company—1811 Queen Anne Avenue North

Ravenna Third Place—6504 20th Avenue NE 

Secret Garden Books—2214 NW Market Street

Third Place Books Seward Park—5041 Wilson Avenue South

University Bookstore—4326 University Way NE

Walla Walla

Book & Game Company—38 E Main Street Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Boswell Book Company—2559 N. Downer Avenue

Woodland Pattern—720 E. Locust Street

Outside North America

England

Newsstand (online magazine store)

Bath

Magalleria—22a Broad Street

Bristol

Here Gallery—108 Stokes Croft

London

Charlotte Street News—66 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia

London Review Bookshop—14 Bury Place

Shreeji Newsagents—6 Chiltern Street

Rushden

Magazine Heaven—Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre

Germany

Berlin

Do You Read Me?!—Auguststrasse 28

Ireland

Dublin

Books Upstairs—17 D’Olier Street

Scotland

Glasgow

Aye-Aye Books—350 Sauchiehall Street

Singapore

Basheer Graphic Books—#04-19, Bras Basah Complex, BLK 231, Bain Street

South Africa

Cape Town

Book Lounge—71 Roeland Street

The Netherlands

Amsterdam

Scheltema Boekhandel—1012 KK Amsterdam 

Maastricht

Traders Pop—First floor, Heggenstraat 16

Turkey

Istanbul

PandoraPerihan Sok. No. 68/2, Sisli


If you want Brick to be carried in your favourite neighbourhood bookstore, let them know or send us a note. Also, if we’ve missed your favourite store and you know it carries Brick, let us know and we’ll add them to this list.

Advertise

Brick features the best literary non-fiction the world has to offer. Weighing in at nearly one hundred and seventy perfect-bound pages, Brick is carried by independent bookstores, newsstands, and major retailers across North America and is subscribed to by readers around the world. As Brick is published twice a year, each advertisement has a six-month lifespan, if not longer. Copies of Brick are read, saved, and shared.

Brick’s mandate is beyond that of a typical literary magazine. It is a feast of passionate writing on life and the arts: personal essays, interviews, cultural reporting, belles lettres, and much more of the idiosyncratic writing that only Brick can provide. Founded in 1977 and based in Toronto, Brick has an international perspective—and presence. It celebrates and publishes Canadian authors such as John Ralston Saul, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood, and it also plays host to some of the world’s best-loved writers: Tomas Tranströmer, Jonathan Lethem, Orhan Pamuk, Jeffery Eugenides, John Berger, Haruki Murakami, Michael Chabon, Pico Iyer, and Zadie Smith have all appeared in its pages. Intelligent, discerning, and contemplative, Brick is more than a literary magazine; it is an institution.

Please contact us at 416-593-9684 or email us if you’re interested in advertising in Brick.

 

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Contact

Brick
Box 609, Stn P
Toronto, ON  M5S 2Y4
Canada

416-593-9684

To contact Brick by email, please send a message to info@brickmag.com.

Your name and email address will not be sold or otherwise distributed.