Mulcahy Publishing Initiative: Call for Submissions for 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:30pm to Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:00am

The Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the Mulcahy Publishing Initiative 2019.


About the Initiative

In honour of the Mulcahy family of Orillia, long-time supporters of OMAH, the Mulcahy Publishing Initiative seeks to facilitate and encourage the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the Orillia area by selecting one proposed local history book per year. OMAH will cover the costs of publishing one production run of the selected book, as well as providing assistance in preparing the book for publication and in promoting and distributing it.


Eligible works

Eligible works are any books involving the history of what are now the City of Orillia, the Townships of Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte, and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. Authors do not need to be current or former residents of this area, so long as the subject of their book is the history of this area.


Eligible types of books can include historical fiction or non-fiction, children’s books or poetry or art collections on subjects in local history; and graphic novels, among others.


For the sake of expediency, only completed drafts of the proposed book will be considered eligible for the Initiative.


Proposed works must be unpublished or uncontracted for publication in order to be considered eligible for the Initiative.


How to apply

Proposed works must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Please use the subject line “Mulcahy Initiative submission 2019” or your submission may be disregarded. Please ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions, below. Your submission of a work indicates your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.


Include a brief biography of yourself, a synopsis of your work, a brief statement explaining why you think it is important to publish the proposed work, and a writing sample. Samples should consist of one chapter from a fiction or non-fiction book, five poems or images with captions for poetry or art collections, or 1,000 words for other kinds of books. OMAH reserves the right to request additional writing samples to ensure a well-informed selection.


Proposals should specify the number of words, pages or images in the completed manuscript


Proposals must be received by January 31, 2019. The Committee will announce a winning submission on April 3, 2019.


Terms and Conditions

  • All works must be submitted on or before 11:59 PM (EDT) January 31, 2019.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible to apply.
  • Limit of one submission per Applicant.
  • Consent of a parent or legal guardian is required for any Applicant who has not reached the age of eighteen.
  • OMAH Directors, OMAH Employees and MPI Committee Members, as well as their immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) and persons living under the same roof, are not eligible to apply.
  • Only the original author may submit work and by submitting commits to participate in a program of marketing and promotion of the work, if the Committee selects that work for publication. In particular, the chosen Applicant, or their parents or guardians if the Applicant is a minor, shall agree, if necessary, to have their name and/or picture, including their photograph and/or their voice used for publicity and marketing purposes related to this Initiative, without compensation.
  • Applicants warrant that the work submitted is an original and unpublished work written by them and that they own all copyright. Applicants will indemnify and hold OMAH, harmless from and against any and all loss, damage, costs and other expense arising out of claims, whatever their nature, resulting directly or indirectly from breach of this warranty.
  • In submitting their work, each Applicant agrees to a revenue share with OMAH of fifty per cent (50%) net of costs publication and printing costs incurred
  • No handwritten manuscripts or fax texts will be accepted.
  • Editorial comments will not be provided on the works submitted.
  • The Committee reserves the right to modify or override any of the selection criteria at its discretion without prior notification to the Applicants. 
  • The decision of the Committee becomes final after approval by the OMAH Board and there is no appeal.