Breach (Vancouver), an independent online journal of arts writings, is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. Theme: Decolonial aesthetics. Seeks art criticism, exhibition reviews, and academic essays. Deadline: April 15, 2015. Guidelines.
Stained Pages Press is looking for long-form writing about Canadian food, to be published online as part of a weekly feature. Looking for fiction, essays, fully-researched articles and personal essays about food — either by a Canadian or featuring Canadian food items. Payment: 50% of all profits from donations to the site (PayPal tipjar & Patreon) during the week that your work is featured. Guidelines.
In Fact Books (US) seeks original stories that address — either directly or obliquely — the trials of living with mental illness for an upcoming anthology tentatively titled Beyond Crazy: True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: February, 9, 2015. Guidelines.
The Humber Literary Review is seeking submissions of prose, poetry, artwork, and comics for their third issue, scheduled for release in Spring 2015. Pays $60 per poem, and $100 each for essays, fiction, and reviews. Also pay our feature and comics artists. Contributors also receive two copies. Deadline: December 8, 2014. Guidelines.
Online journal Wild Quarterly seeks work that intersects with culture. Encourages new, emerging, and established writers. Length: 2000 words max. Accepts fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, stand-alone novel excerpts, poetry (up to 3), memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction. Also interested in art and photography, plus reviews and interviews. Deadline: Open submissions.
Caitlin Press (BC) is currently seeking submissions by Canadian women for the upcoming anthology on travelling alone. Submissions must be non-fiction, 1000-6000 words. Looking for work that explores not only the broad range of experiences of women travelling alone but the concept of aloneness — from the thrill of independence to the threat or tragic reality of violence, to one’s role in the world. Interested in the humorous, the tragic, the poignant, but submissions must go beyond the typical travel narratives found in adventure magazines. Deadline: August 15, 2014.
Online U.S. magazine The Round Up Writer’s Zine is looking for fresh, emerging writers looking for a place to share their work with like-minded people. Interested in short stories, nonfiction, poetry, quirky essays, and personal musings. Prefers submissions that are transgressive, dark and gritty. Snarky or sarcastic, edgy and/or possibly offensive are welcome. Deadline: September 30, 2014.
- Guidelines: roundupzine.com/submit
Musicworks Magazine invites entries for their Sonic Geography writing contest. In 500 words, entrants are asked to describe how sound influences place and shapes their experience: i.e. echoes in a Lisbon square, waterdrops from an Iceland glacier. First prize: $500 cash plus publication Musicworks magazine. Deadline: May 16, 2014.
- Guidelines: musicworks.ca/contest
Very Important Things (Toronto, Canada) is a new lifestyle blog with a feminist spin. Looking for writers to “share, support, and celebrate the positive change women of all ages around us are making with their various weapons of choice” on the topics of art, fashion, feminism, food, humour, love, and political activism. Publishes personal anecdotes, short stories and essays. Deadline: Ongoing.
Entries are invited for the 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition. Open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry. First prize: $300 in each category. Entry fees range from $20-$60. Deadline: May 1, 2014.
New online literary magazine The Trillium is looking for submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction for the debut issue (February 2014). Submit up to 5 poems, 2 short stories/non-fiction/essays, or 5 pieces of flash fiction. Send in the body (not as an attachment) of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include max. 50-word author bio, written in the third person. No payment. All rights are retained by the author. Deadline: January 2014
Red Kitty is a webzine and limited run print zine based out of Austin, TX. Accepting poetry, prose, short fiction, personal narrative, humor, and experimental journalism; illustration, photography, and doodles; and sound portraits, video art, and spoken word. Prefers works that takes risks and gets messy, including the “strange, thought-provoking, funny, demented.” Deadline: rolling.
- Guidelines: redkittyzine.weebly.com/submit.html
Quarterly lit/art-zine Chrysalis Zine seeks submissions for its next issue. Theme: future (has to do with, or is inspired by, or is about the future). Accepts poetry, short fiction (500 words max.), visual art, non-fiction/essays. Deadline: August 23, 2013. Guidelines: chrysaliszine.blogspot.ca/2013/07/chrysalis-zine-issue-5-call-for.html