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 of Brick:

Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little appreciated 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? Email info@brickmag.com to sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll send you a FREE digital edition.

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 Linda Spalding, Michael Helm, Rebecca Silver Slayter, Laurie D. Graham, and Martha Sharpe, 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
    Linda Spalding, Michael Helm, Rebecca Silver Slayter, Laurie D. Graham, Liz Johnston, Martha Sharpe, Dionne Brand
  • Contributing Editors
    Teju Cole, Robert Hass, Anne McLean, Tara Quinn, Madeleine Thien, Colm Tóibín, Eleanor Wachtel
  • Managing Editor
    Liz Johnston
  • Design
    Mark Byk
  • Readers
    Evan J. Hoskins, Hajer Mirwali
  • Former Publisher & Managing Editor
    Nadia Szilvassy
  • Original Design
    Gordon Robertson, Rick/Simon
  • Logos
    David Bolduc
  • Copy Editor
    Heather Sangster
  • Website Design
    Mark Byk with Matthew McKinnon
  • Founders
    Stan Dragland & Jean McKay

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 $44 CAD in Canada, $45 USD in the U.S., and $50 USD overseas. We’re pleased to introduce one-year (two issue) subscriptions for $25 CAD in Canada, $26 USD in the U.S., and $30 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 page.

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.


Friends of Brick


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.

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 appreciated 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.

 

Submission Guidelines:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Response time for submissions is three to six months.
  • We welcome submissions both by mail and online through Submittable. For online submissions, we charge a fee of $3.00 to cover costs. We also offer the option to submit and subscribe.
  • Twice a year, for the months of December and June, we offer a free submission period for Submittable submissions.
  • 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.

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). 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.


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

Canada

Alberta

Calgary

  • Billy’s News—206 7th Avenue S.W.
  • Shelf Life Books—100-1302 4th Street S.W.
  • With The Times—1504 11th Street S.W.
  • Daily Globe News—1004 17 Avenue S.W.
  • Chapters Indigo—various locations

Edmonton

Lethbridge

Red Deer

Rocky View

Sherwood Park

St. Albert

British Columbia

Cranbrook

Galiano Island

Kamloops

Kelowna

Merritt

Nanaimo

Prince George

  • Spruceland News—651 Central Street W.

Salt Spring Island

Vancouver

Victoria

Manitoba

Winnipeg

New Brunswick

Fredericton

Moncton

Newfoundland

Corner Brook

St. John’s

Nova Scotia

Dartmouth

Halifax

New Minas

  • Coles—County Fair Mall

Ontario

Cobourg

  • Woody’s Smoke Shop—6 King Street West

Creemore

Gravenhurst

  • The Gravenhurst Book Store—120 Muskoka Road S.

Guelph

Hamilton

Kingston

Kitchener

London

New Liskeard

North Bay

Orangeville

Orillia

Ottawa

Paris

Pickering

  • Smoker’s Corner—Pickering Town Centre

Picton

St. Catharines

  • Christopher’s Smoke Shop—26 James Street

Toronto

Waterloo

Windsor

  • Ray & Kim’s Super Convenience—352 Ouellette Avenue

Quebec

Montréal

Saskatchewan

Regina

Saskatoon

Yukon

Whitehorse

United States

Arkansas

Fayetteville

California

Arcata

Berkeley

Half Moon Bay

Los Angeles

Corte Madera

Menlo Park

Mill Valley

Oakland

Pasadena

San Diego

  • Hillcrest News—529 University Avenue
  • Paras News—3911 30th Street

San Francisco

Colorado

Boulder

Connecticut

Mystic

Washington

Hickory Stick Bookshop—2 Green Hill Road

District of Colombia

Washington

Florida

Coral Gables

Miami Beach

Palm Beach

Illinois

Chicago

Evanston

Kentucky

Lexington

Louisville

Maine

Blue Hill

Damariscotta

Massachusetts

Boston

Brookline

Cambridge

Great Barrington

Newburyport

Michigan

Ann Arbor

Grand Haven

Grand Rapids

Holland

Royal Oak

Traverse City

Montana

Missoula

New Hampshire

Keene

New York

Brooklyn

Huntington

New York

North Carolina

Chapel Hill

Durham

Raleigh

Ohio

Columbus

  • Organic Trails Café—4241 N High Street
  • Organic Trails Café—951 N High Street

Oregon

Portland

Salem

Pennsylvania

Doylestown

Rhode Island

Providence

Vermont

Johnson

Washington

Anacortes

Port Angeles

Seattle

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Outside North America

England

Bath

Bradford

Bristol

London

Nottingham

Germany

Berlin

Ireland

Dublin

Israel

Jerusalem

Scotland

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Singapore

South Africa

Cape Town

Spain

Madrid

The Netherlands

Amsterdam

Maastricht

Turkey

Istanbul

  • Pandora, Perihan 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.