A Toronto-based chapbook publisher, Anstruther Press is committed to publishing emerging and established writers alike. With an emphasis on poetry, our goal is to produce limited edition book objects that are both beautiful to hold and engaging to read.

Anstruther Press is currently closed for submissions. Please contact Jim Johnstone at anstrutherpress@gmail.com with any questions or comments.




Jim Johnstone (Editor-in-Chief) is a Canadian poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of four books of poetry: Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014), Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011), Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), and the subject of the critical monograph Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone by Shane Neilson and Jason Guriel. He’s the winner of several awards including a CBC Literary Award, The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award and This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Johnstone is the poetry editor at Palimpsest Press, and an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online. He lives in Toronto.

Erica Smith (Layout and Design) is a librarian at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, who moonlights as a self-taught chapbook/broadside designer for Anstruther Press. She also designs knitwear patterns under the name ericaknits.





Ally Fleming (Publicity) is a poet who lives in Toronto. Her work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Jewish News, and the chapbook What Happened Was: He Flew (Serif of Nottingham Editions, 2011).

Editorial Collective

Katie Fewster-Yan is a poet currently living in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her poems have recently appeared in The Puritan and The New Quarterly. She was recently awarded the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence (2015). She also works as managing editor for Qwerty magazine.


Klara du Plessis is a poet residing alternately in Montreal and Cape Town. Her chapbook, Wax Lyrical, was released by Anstruther Press in 2015. She curates the monthly, Montreal-based Resonance Reading Series, writes reviews on contemporary poetry, and holds an MA degree in English Literature from McGill University. Follow her on Twitter.




Blair Trewartha's first book of poetry, Easy Fix, was published by Palimpsest Press in 2014, and shortlisted for the Relit Award. He is also the author of two chapbooks: Break In (Cactus Press, 2010), and Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press, 2012). He currently lives in Toronto where he works as a College English Instructor.


Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of three books of poetry, Fauxccasional Poems (Icehouse 2015), The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010), and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, earning him honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards (2003) and Matrix's Lit Pop Award (2010). His poetry textbook, The Writing Moment, was published by Oxford University Press. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. In 2012, The Underground, named him one of their four “Professors of the Year.”

Editor: Manifesto Series

Shane Neilson is a poet and physician residing in Oakville, Ontario. He was born in New Brunswick. His collection of poetry, Complete Physical, was a finalist for the Trillium Poetry Award. A new collection, On Shaving Off His Face, is forthcoming in 2015. Shane has published memoir, short fiction, and criticism; all of Shane’s writing is linked to themes of place, family, and illness. He got his start in chapbooks and has tried to repay that debt ever since by editing for Victoria’s Frog Hollow Press. Shane will bring prose projects to Anstruther Press and he takes pleasure in the self-bestowed title of “Manifestoist Editor.” Currently, he's completing a PhD in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University with a focus on pain in Canadian fiction and medical culture.