Bywords.ca invites poetry submissions from current and former Ottawa, Ontario residents, students, and workers for their monthly online magazine. Pays $40 per published poem. Poems published between September 2016 and August 2017 are considered for the John Newlove Poetry Award. Length: 45 lines and 250 words max. Deadline: 15th of each month.
New online journal Skewed Lit seeks writing about things that are skewed, that live somewhere slightly left of reality. All prose under 1,500 words will be considered for publication. The 1,500 words could comprise one story, three, seven, etc. Formal experimentation welcome. Publishes every other week. Deadline: Rolling.
Queerlit accepts original short stories, comics, and literary or personal essays by LGBTQ+ creators. Interested in pieces by LGBTQ+ creators, about LGBTQ+ themes or characters or settings. Looks for realistic explorations of LGBTQ+ life, but also “your trans space captains, your lesbian detectives, your non-binary superheroes, your gay witches, your bisexual knights or pansexual vampire slayers or queer werewolves.” Deadline: Ongoing.
The Quill Magazine (Canada) invites entries for their debut issue (launching end of January). Accepts all forms of prose, poetry, and script from new writers only. Length: 20,000 words max — prefers work under 10,000 words. No blood, sex, violence, gore, or drug use that doesn’t directly drive the story. Deadline: Ongoing.
Beside the Point, an online and print creative writing journal published at Camosun, a community college in Victoria, BC, invites submissions for the next issue. Theme: What does “community” mean to you? Accepts prose, poetry, images (work may be reproduced in b&w) or a combination of these. Length: 2500 words max. Also publishes comics 8 pages max.). Deadline: January 28, 2017.
SciFan Magazine is a digital magazine that focuses on showcasing exceptional works of fiction in the science fantasy genre. Length: 2500-10000 words. Must fit within one of the ten sub-genres within science fantasy. Payment: $2 per 1000 words, up to a max. of $20 per short story. Deadline: Rolling.
Fire & Ash Publishers (Toronto) is building their list for 2017 and 2018. Looking for novel length science fiction “with living characters and smart, fresh ideas at heart.” Nalo Hopkinson, Ann Leckie, Robert J. Sawyer, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Octavia Butler… etc. Open to taking chances. Deadline: Ongoing.
Print literary journal Grain is accepting submissions for upcoming issue. Open to poetry (individual poems, sequences, or suites) and fiction and literary nonfiction (3500 words max). Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus three copies of the issue. Submission window open until May 31, 2017.
Bayou Magazine invites entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Prize: $1000, a year’s subscription, and possible publication. Submit fiction 7500 words max. Deadline: January 1, 2017. Fee: $20 (includes a contest issue).
Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing seeks poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography/art for their Spring 2017 issue. Publishes work by established and emerging writers. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Entries for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize are open to writers worldwide. Submit previously unpublished stories on any theme or subject. Length: 4000 words max. First prize: £1,000; 19 other prizes available. Entry fee: £8. Judges: Tania Hershman, Roshi Fernando, Juliet Pickering, and Simon Key. Deadline: May 3, 2017.
Seeking submissions on the theme of “Calgary untold.” What don’t we know about Calgary? The wrong side of the tracks, the dark spaces, the secret places, hide aways, and revelations. What is the other side of Calgary? The outsides? The wilderness within city limits, the boundaries, doorways, passages, etc. What is “off script” about Calgary? Looking for poetry, prose poetry, or poetic essay. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Editors: Micheline Maylor, Bruce Hunter, and Joan Shillington (Frontenac House Press). Deadline: Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Riot Material, a new online cultural and literary magazine, is currently seeking submissions for reviews, interviews, short fiction, and profiles of interesting personalities and scenes. “Let your literary heart, which is adverse to formula, lead.” They are a Los Angeles-based magazine, but global in vision and looking to highlight the best of the written word from around the world. Deadline: ongoing.
Foundry reads poetry submissions year-round. Publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. They are committed to inclusivity and welcome submissions from marginalized voices. Send 3-5 poems. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Pays $10 per poem. Deadline: Ongoing.
Monthly online literary magazine The Woven Tale Press welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, flash fiction and the experimental. Also considers literary works accompanied by original art images. Deadline: Ongoing.
Blue Skirt Productions is looking for stories that are emotional, philosophical, and transgressive that leave the reader feeling punched in the gut. Looking for short stories (100-3,000 words) to publish on their website, and novels and novellas to publish through their press. Deadline: rolling.
Lemon Antifreeze seeks journalism with little real world restrictions — whether news, opinions, interviews, reviews, random oddities, or any other comically satirical disinformation that actually makes sense. Length: 250 words. Deadline: ongoing.
Newly-founded journal Project Nightingale seeks to publish submissions by people of a Slavic diaspora and/or touching upon Slavic themes/topics. Also looking for editors. Currently accepting fiction (5000 words max.), poetry (max. 5), nonfiction — essays, reviews, articles, etc. (3000 words max.). Deadline: ongoing.
Quarterly online poetry magazine The Mackinac (Canada) seeks work “where the stakes are always high.” Appreciates poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems. Deadline: Ongoing.
Practical Politicking (US) is looking for creative nonfiction and nonfiction articles on politics. Everyone has opinions on political matters; they’re interested in the “who, what, where, and why” you have those opinions. “How-to” articles on political activism are also welcome. Theme: “All politics are local and personal.” Submissions of 500-700 words should be sent to email@example.com. Rolling deadline: Fridays @ 5pm EST.
Peacock Journal, a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks submissions of fiction, translations, nonfiction, and poetry. Wants to read “your most beautiful work however you define the term.” Deadline: Rolling.
Quarter Castle Publishing is accepting submission for completed, tradition fantasy manuscripts from residents of Nova Scotia. Length: 75,000-120,000 words. Deadline: Ongoing.
Quarter Castle Publishing is looking for short stories set in 1917 Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a short story collection to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Payment: $40 per accepted story. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
Tailwinds Press, a young New York City-based independent press specializing in literary fiction by new and emerging writers, seeks submissions for 2016. Publishes “intelligent work that is compelling, accessible, and relevant to the spirit of our time.” Manuscript length: 40,000 words or more. Deadline: Rolling.