Celebrating forty years on the Main Street
of Erin Village, Wellington County
The Porcupine’s Quill is located in two nineteenth-century brick storefronts on the Main Street of Erin Village in Wellington County, about an hour north-west of Toronto on a branch of the West Credit River. The millpond in the back yard dates from 1826, give or take. Read on for further information about the press and its environs.
The Porcupine’s Quill
68 Main St., Box 160
|phone: 519 833 9158
fax: 519 833 9845
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Ordering & Administration
For administrative inquiries, contact Tim or Elke Inkster.
Fiction: Chandra Wohleber
Graphic Novels: George A. Walker
Non-fiction: Carmine Starnino
Poetry: Wayne Clifford
If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please send a query letter, synopsis, and writing sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Please include "Submission to Porcupine's Quill" in the subject line of your email to any of our staff.
Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, please be patient as we consider your manuscript.
A watercolour portrait of Tim Inkster by Norman MacDonald. October 2009 at the Busholme Inn, Erin Village, Wellington County.
The Porcupine’s Quill is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.
To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine’s Quill, December 2008.
The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.
“Imagine a small publisher that not only cares about good writing, but also goes to immense lengths to make that writing accessible in permanent, beautiful form. Imagine a small publisher that, instead of gluing its pages into the spines of books (thereby making it likely that the book will one day disintegrate), sews the pages together so that they’ll never fall apart. Imagine a small publisher dedicated both to discovering new, young writers and to reprinting the best Canadian literature from the past.... You’re imagining The Porcupine’s Quill.”
—Mark Abley, the Montreal Gazette