Seeking writing with an Ottawa connection

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.

Wanted: Slightly-left-of-reality prose

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.

Wanted: IRL queer stories, but also trans space captains, gay witches

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.

New writers wanted for new journal

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.

BC journal seeks poetry, prose & comics

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.

Magazine pays for science fantasy fiction

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.

New hungry publisher wants your SciFi novel

Fire & AshFire & 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.

Literary journal open to poetry, fiction, nonfiction (pays)

grainPrint 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.

Know some secrets about Calgary? Untold stories wanted

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 calgaryuntold@gmail.com. Editors: Micheline Maylor, Bruce Hunter, and Joan Shillington (Frontenac House Press). Deadline: Deadline: May 31, 2017.

New L.A. mag wants your riot material

riot materialRiot 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.

Online journal seeks poetry (pays)

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.

Wanted: Your gut punch fiction

blue skirt productionsBlue 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.

Wanted: Unrestricted journalism

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.

Looking for Slavic-inspired poetry & prose

nightingales songNewly-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.

Wanted: Your ‘wilds seen and unseen’

The MackinacQuarterly 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.

Looking for political nonfiction

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 submissions@practicalpoliticking.com. Rolling deadline: Fridays @ 5pm EST.

Beautiful work wanted for daily literary mag

Peacock JournalPeacock 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.

New press seeks resonant and relevant manuscripts

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.