Open Submissions to McClelland & Stewart – Penguin Random House Canada
Submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are open twice a year for one month each. Open 2023 submission period is as follows:
September 1 – 30, 2023
McClelland & Stewart is opening their submission policy as part of their ongoing commitment to amplify and prioritize the voices of Black, Indigenous, and racialized writers, as well as those of other traditionally underrepresented communities. During the months of March and September, unsolicited and unagented work can be sent directly to editors within the M&S division at email@example.com.
McClelland & Stewart editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Visit their about us page to learn more about their mission and the books they publish. Screenplays, stage plays, young adult fiction, or picture book queries are not accepted. You can take a look at the work they publish here.
A great submission typically includes a strong letter of intent detailing your project, a list of a few book comparisons (“comps”) that give an idea of the literary company in which you see your project living, a bio, and as much of the work itself as you’re able to share as a .doc attachment or a PDF. For fiction and poetry, you are encouraged to submit the full manuscript. For non-fiction, a preliminary chapter list with a short one to two sentence blurb about each chapter, along with a writing sample, is expected.
King’s Writing Workshop Fall Lineup
University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS
Make your writing dreams a reality with new fall writing workshops on memoir, fiction, food writing, gaming, and more.
Six different non-credit workshops are being offered, with each workshop slated for eight 2.5-hour sessions. Five of the six courses are available online. Courses start in October, run through to the end of November, and cost $549 per 8-week workshop.
King’s alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents, and members of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia may take advantage of a $50 discount on registration fees. Plus, there are three bursary spots available for “Black Voices, Black Stories”, and two open bursary spots for other workshops.
For details, bursary applications, and course registration, visit https://ukings.ca/programs/non-credit/writing-workshops/.
Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library
Application deadline is November 15, 2023.
Frances Morrison Central Library, 311 – 23rd Street East, Saskatoon, SK
Hours: 36.25 hours/week
Grant Amount: $40,000
Status: Full-time, temporary (nine-month term contract from September 1, 2024 – May 1, 2025)
The Writer in Residence is a full-time term position open to writers from across Canada who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. This individual acts as a mentor to writers in and around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, reviewing manuscripts and providing criticism and advice about publishing. The Writer offers individual consultations, group workshops and programs, author readings, and participates in other special events during their residency. In addition to working directly with local writers, the Writer in Residence program enables the author to work on their own writing projects. This residency requires working collaboratively with the public through individual consultations, school visits, group workshops, and public lectures or seminars. The position requires 36.25 hours a week: 14.5 hours (40 percent) of the author’s time will be devoted to library programs and projects, while 21.75 hours (60 percent) will be used for their own creative writing.
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
- Have a minimum of one professional publication prior to the application deadline (this includes books of fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, drama, young adult or children’s literature, graphic novels, or literary non-fiction).
- Have made a significant contribution to their discipline.
- Be active in their profession.
- Intend to work on a new writing project (normally intended for book-length publication).
- Be willing to complete the Canada Council Research and Creation grant application and any other associated paperwork.
- Be an active participant in a local writing community.
- Be proficient at public speaking, planning, and presenting programs.
- Have previous experience in programming and facilitation in the area of creative writing. Previous experience as a writer in residence, teacher, or writing mentor would be an asset.
- Have demonstrated effective interpersonal skills in dealing with the public and co-workers.
- Have demonstrated the ability to work independently, organize work, and meet deadlines.
- Have demonstrated reliability, initiative, and willingness to try new ideas.
A current, acceptable Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check will be required.
Please submit your application package using the online form at saskatoonlibrary.ca/careers.
The Ex-Puritan is Seeking Submissions
Submissions received by December 25 are considered for the winter issue in February.
All submissions will receive a decision within four months of the submission date.
Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of six categories: fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, reviews, and experimental/hybrid work. To submit to the experimental/hybrid section of the magazine, email the section editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. All other submissions must go through Submittable.
Current publication rates (as of Fall 2022) are $100 per interview or review, $200 per essay, $150 per work of fiction, $35 per poem or page of poetry (capped at $120 for poems running four pages or more), and $50+ per experimental or hybrid work (all rates are CAD).
If you haven’t heard back within four months or for any other query, email email@example.com. Email submissions are not accepted and will be discarded.
See full details at https://ex-puritan.ca/submissions.
Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: Woman, Life, Freedom
Submission period is March 15, 2023, to March 15, 2024.
Publisher: Guernica Editions
Editors: Bänoo Zan and Cy Strom
Open to residents of all countries and continents. Poems in English or translated into English (accompanied by the original text). Submissions by minorities within Iran and among Iranian diaspora communities in terms of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), language, etc., as well as people of Iranian heritage and background, are strongly encouraged, as are submissions by poets from the Middle East. Submit a maximum of 3 poems and a total of 6 pages.
Find details and submit at https://guernicaeditions.submittable.com/submit.
The Giller Foundation and Mantella Corporation has Established the Giller Mantella Scholarship for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Students
The Giller Mantella Scholarship will begin accepting applications in March 2024.
The Giller Foundation, the charitable foundation that administers the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Mantella Corporation, are proud to announce a new scholarship program for high school graduates across Canada interested in pursuing continued education in creative writing and literature. The scholarship program aims to support diversity and inclusion, specifically amongst Black, Indigenous, and racialized youth intent on enhancing their post-secondary education.To be eligible, applicants must identify as Black, Indigenous, or racialized and demonstrate the merits of their academic and extracurricular achievements.
The Giller Mantella Scholarship for Black, Indigenous and racialized students will award $10,000 to three deserving recipients each year to help further their studies. The program will run for three years with the potential to be extended.
Scholarship Partners Canada, a division of Universities Canada, will be administering the Giller Mantella Scholarship on behalf of The Giller Foundation.
Please visit scotiabankgillerprize.ca/giller-mantella-scholarship for more information about the scholarship and how to apply.
Showcase Your Book on Well – Well – Well – Podcast
Grow your audience and your reach by pitching your passion on Well – Well – Well – Podcast!
Your host – Crystal Jones (background in Radio & TV)
Guests will have the opportunity of a 30-minute interview at no charge. Your book genre must be non-fiction – health, beauty, diet, and food.
Contact Crystal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org using AUTHOR PODCAST in the subject line.
Publishing House Looking for Manuscripts
Authors Get Published is an online boutique publishing house located in Toronto, Ontario. They are a full-service publishing house that publishes first-time and seasoned authors on their journey to become published authors, by providing book cover creation, manuscript editing services, formatting, and more. Distributed through Ingram, Authors Get Published work to ensure that each author’s book or books receive maximum visibility online through their website and online platforms where books are sold. If you would like to submit your manuscript for consideration, please email the Editor-in-Chief Christine at Christine@AuthorsGetPublished.com. They get back to every submission within 2 weeks. Please refer to their website for complete manuscript submission details.
Invitation to Apply for Free One Year Membership to The League of Canadian Poets
The League of Canadian Poets is currently offering one free year of membership to deserving and qualified poets. Between 2022 and 2023, the League of Canadian Poets will be inviting poets to apply for a free year of membership in the organization. This initiative is intended to ensure that the League is diverse, inclusive, and truly representative of the poetry community in Canada, and will give poets the opportunity to get engaged with the League, qualify for some of our member-only programs and resources, and to get involved with other poets from many different areas.
Member poets and members of the poetry community are invited to self-nominate, or to nominate others for this offer. You can nominate a talented poet you know here: https://airtable.com/shr7z5MH1yoWolkN3.
Poets who qualify for this free year of membership will still need to complete the membership application process but will be able to engage with the community for one year at no cost. All information about membership levels and benefits can be found here: Join the League! – League of Canadian Poets. If you have any questions about this membership drive, you can contact Nic Brewer at email@example.com.
Staff will reach out to nominees to offer them the support they need to apply and receive a free year of membership. Nominees will be contacted between the 1st and 10th of each month.
You’re also welcome to send the application form along directly to poets you think may be interested: https://airtable.com/shrf7akFEfY4kZhzv.
Black Romance Book Club
Tanya Lee, the founder of A Room of Your Own, a national book club for at risk teen girls, introduces The Black Romance Book Club, a new subscription-based program that includes monthly book club meetings with the book authors. The Black Romance Book Club was created to promote more black romances to be written in Canada about black love taking place in Canada. Black writers and those who would like to learn how to write romance novels to start promoting black love in Canada are needed!
The program will be hybrid in person and online. It will take place at the Hamilton Art Gallery starting in September. The Black Romance Book Club costs $80/month and includes monthly meetings with book authors as well as writing workshops for anyone interested in becoming a romance author themselves. Monthly subscription fees will go towards author fees for hotel, transportation and food for in person events. This will also support hosting fees, venue space, and technology fees. Lee has also set the subscription fees to ensure that the authors get paid their due, and fees will also go towards a donation to a domestic violence shelter.
CBC produced a radio documentary on A Room of Your Own: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/how-this-book-club-helps-teenage-girls-across-canada-discuss-tough-topics-1.6363198
CBC wrote an article about The Black Romance Book Club:
Sign up by emailing Programming@artgalleryofhamilton.com.
Leacock Medal 75th Anniversary Podcast Series
This year, 2022, marks the 75th anniversary of Canada’s premier humour-writing award, and Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, author of What’s So Funny? Lessons from the Leacock Medal for Humuor, is developing a podcast series, The Mariposa Podcast, celebrating past winners of the award. It features interviews with scholars and other experts as well as authors.
See more details at Stephen Leacock Associates.
Any CAA member who has a special interest in early winners of the award and would like to be interviewed for the series can contact Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Submissions to The Moderate Review
Newly established online journal The Moderate Review, showcasing both established and emerging literary talents, invites your words and voices to the ongoing creative discussion.
The Moderate Review accepts short stories, poems, nonfiction, paintings, sculptures, 280 character stories (they will be tweeted if selected), music, spoken word. The divisions between these art forms are arbitrary. Blur them.
Currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis with no deadlines or publishing dates.
Submissions should be sent as a word attachment to email@example.com. There are no word limits, guidelines, or restrictions. However, all submissions must be original work and not previously published.
Atmosphere Press Call for Submissions!
Atmosphere Press currently seeks great manuscripts from diverse (feminist!) voices. This year Atmosphere authors have sold thousands of books across five continents, received featured reviews with Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. And they’d love to see what you’ve written!
Call for Pitches to Rebel Women Lit (RWL)
Rebel Women Lit (RWL) publishes discussions on contemporary literary culture, interviews with writers, reviews of publications (creative and scholarly) related to the Caribbean, the African diaspora, and Black Feminism, as well as short fiction and poetry by emerging and established Caribbean writers.
RWL invites submissions of:
- discussion essays on contemporary literary culture (700-1,500 words)
- discussion essays on contemporary Caribbean social justice issues (700-1,500 words)
- critical reviews of scholarly or creative literary works (1,000-1,200 words)
- interviews with Caribbean & African authors and/or literary scholars (2,000-2,500 words)
- poems and short fiction (maximum 4,000 words) from emerging and established Caribbean and African writers
RWL publishes one post per week and accepts submissions on a rolling basis. You are kindly asked that you do not write a piece before pitching it to the RWL editors, unless you are submitting a short story or poem for consideration in the Arts section. Please review the style requirements below and adhere to the word limits for all submissions.
Contributors are responsible for obtaining written permission to reprint and reproduce any material. Similarly, it is the responsibility of contributors to supply the source of all previously published material. Accepted writers will be compensated a small stipend of $20 – $30 USD for each piece.
Reviews should be preceded by the full name of the author, the title, city, press, and year of publication.
Interviews must begin with a short paragraph that includes information about the interviewee, the date and general purpose of the interview. The first question must be preceded by the full name of the interviewer and a colon, in bold. The first response should be preceded by the full name of the interviewee and a colon, in bold. Subsequent questions and responses should be preceded by initials and colons, in bold.
Pitches should be summarized in four to eight sentences. All pitches must include the subject of your writing or review, the main topics and/or themes to be critically explored, and the relevance to the RWL community.
Call for Creative Professionals at Book Development Company Creative Connex
Creative Connex is a new book development company that assists aspiring and experienced authors to bring their story to life by delivering a print ready book. Experienced creative professionals are needed to join and complement an exceptional team, specifically freelance writers, editors, illustrators, translators, layout designers and cover designers. Experience in the publishing industry would be a huge bonus! If you or someone you know are interested, please either email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-470-4873.
Creative Connex was founded on a simple vision: Provide the opportunity for an individual who has a story or an idea of a story to connect with a team of publishing professionals. Working together, they create a published book. There are a million stories out there. Let Creative Connex help you tell yours.
Grants as Additional Investment for the Arts
As announced in the Economic Statement released in fall 2020, the federal government is investing $181.5 million in the Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19 Initiative to stimulate employment in the arts and culture sector, support ongoing operations during the pandemic, and prepare for the sustainable recovery of the sector.
Canadian Heritage will be distributing $65 million, and the Canada Council for the Arts will invest the remaining $116.5 million.
Explore and Create: Additional Funding
The Council is investing a portion of the additional one-time funding in the Research and Creation and Concept to Realization components of its Explore and Create program. Program guidelines and eligibility remain unchanged.
The Professional Development for Artists component of Explore and Create supports the career growth of Canadian artists and artistic groups by encouraging participation in a wide range of development opportunities. Grants fund activities that contribute to the professional advancement of Canadian artists working in all artistic disciplines. Support for professional development activities and career advancement, including but not limited to mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, specialized training, and workshops.
The Research and Creation component of Explore and Create supports the initial stages of the creative process. Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations can apply to develop and make creative works. Grants of up to $25,000 provide support for creative research, creation and project development.
Projects involving production and/or post-production of a final work must apply to Concept to Realization.
See https://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/deadlines for the cut-off dates and notification times.
Call for Submissions James Lorimer & Company
James Lorimer & Company, an independent book publisher located in Toronto, is looking for writers to contribute to their children’s and teens publishing program.
James Lorimer & Company is seeking fiction, non-fiction and graphic novel manuscripts by Canadian creators for its children’s and teens’ imprint. The goal of this publishing program is to provide engaging, accessible books for young people that address social-justice and human-rights issues as they uniquely affect Canadian society or individual Canadians. The aim is to reflect a diverse range of cultural, regional, and socio-economic experiences and issues in the books they publish. Recent publishing success include their collection of LGBTQ+ romances for teens (Real Love series), a non-fiction series on young people who have been wrongfully convicted (Real Justice series), and Indigenous titles, such as the graphic novel If I Go Missing and the young adult novel The Missing. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com and should include a cover letter, a short biography outlining your past writing experience and qualifications, a plot summary or outline, a chapter-by-chapter outline and 3–4 sample chapters or a complete manuscript.
Call for Submissions to Canadian Writers Abroad Website
Canadian Writers Abroad is looking for book reviews, interviews, or pieces from writers who have lived at least six months abroad, or who have travelled to research their book. The website was founded and is still run by Canadian Authors Association member Debra Martens, and began as a volunteer project to promote the work of Canadian authors who live, or lived, outside of Canada. Debra Martens writes much of the content and openly invites others to contribute. Submitting to the site provides self-promotion opportunities but does not provide monetary payment at this time. Canadian Writers Abroad will be celebrating it’s tenth anniversary in 2021.
F(r)iction: Call for Submissions
- Short fiction: 1,001 – 7,500 words
- Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
- Poetry: three pages or less per poem, up to five poems per submission
- Flash fiction: 1,000 words or less
- All genres are welcome, but especially those that celebrate the weird, take risks with form and content, and are driven by a strong, unique voice.
- All work must be previously unpublished. This means if your work has appeared in any print or online source (this includes personal blogs, websites, and social media pages), we cannot accept it.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately by choosing “withdraw” in Submittable if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.
- Submit as many pieces as you’d like.
The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia Establishes Greg Younging Undergraduate Award in Publishing Studies
The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC), in partnership with the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, is pleased to announce the launch of the Greg Younging Undergraduate Award in Publishing Studies, which will help support the training of emerging Indigenous publishers in Canada.
The award was established in memory of Dr. Gregory Younging (1961–2019), publisher at Theytus Books and a member of the ABPBC board of directors at the time of his death. Greg graduated from the SFU Master of Publishing Program in 2000 and later taught as adjunct faculty. A member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Greg was Assistant Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and led the Canadian publishing industry in responding to their calls to action, advocating for Indigenous editorial agency and serving as a trusted resource for publishers of Indigenous texts. He was the author of The Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing by and about Indigenous Peoples (2018), now considered an indispensable resource for North American publishers. The ABPBC honoured him in 2018 with the Gray Campbell Award Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his work as an advocate for Indigenizing Canadian publishing.
At least one award, valued at a minimum of $1,000, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:
- is enrolled full-time during the term of eligibility;
- has declared a minor in Print and Digital Publishing;
- is in good academic standing;
- is Indigenous; and
- has been actively involved in community service.
“We appreciate the support of Greg’s family for this initiative, in particular his parents, George Ing and his mother, the late Dr. Rosalyn Ing,” said Heidi Waechtler, executive director of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia. “We are proud to be able to recognize Greg’s life and legacy in this way, and to help carry on the work he did to support emerging publishing professionals.” Suzanne Norman, lecturer and industry liaison for the Publishing Program at SFU, commented, “Greg’s contribution to publishing education and his work around Indigenous editorial protocols, have been pivotal in establishing a larger space for Indigenous writers, designers, publishers, and editors in Canada. He would be so proud of this new scholarship. His work with SFU may have begun in 1997, but his contributions continue and his work will always play a large role in the future of the SFU Publishing Program.”
Additional donations to the Greg Younging Undergraduate Award in Publishing at SFU can be made through Simon Fraser University’s Advancement Department.
Submissions to Voyage Magazine
Always free. Always open. Always paid. Please read the submission guidelines carefully. Voyage has no restrictions on the kind of fiction they’re looking for. They simply aim to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read the archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to the general categories. New work is published weekly. Submissions are only accepted via online submission managing system, Submittable. Submissions are not accepted via email and will automatically be discarded without a response. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.
Young Adult Fiction Guidelines
Fiction: Please send stories of up to 6,000 words or less. They are looking for stories that surprise, inspire, entertain, or enlighten.
Manuscript Preparation: Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please include the author’s name and page number in the top right-hand corner of every page.
Young Adult Creative Non-Fiction Guidelines
CNF: On the hunt for personal essays and other creative nonfiction that specifically relates to the teen experience. Submit your creative nonfiction via their submission manager.
Manuscript Preparation: Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced with 12 point font (Times New Roman). Submissions should be no more than 6,000 words. Please include the author name and page number in the top right-hand corner of every page.
Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resource
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices, a place to promote fee for service work, or a place to seek direct emergency funding.
See full details and resources here: https://www.freelanceartistresource.com/
CRAFT Magazine Editorial Feedback
Are you looking for feedback on a piece of short fiction? Whether you’re applying to workshops, residencies, or MFA programs, or polishing a piece to submit to lit mags or writing contests, or seeking notes for any reason, CRAFT magazine is pleased to offer editorial feedback on flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words.
A small team of qualified editors has been carefully chosen to provide critique. For each piece sent through the editorial feedback category, the writer will receive line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, the criticism will always be actionable and encouraging.
The response time is expected to be under six weeks. The critique category may be closed in a given month once the editors’ capacity to complete feedback that month has been reached. If feedback is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.
All work sent through the editorial feedback platform will also be considered for publication in CRAFT. Should your story be accepted, the feedback fee will be refunded.
CRAFT Editorial Feedback is open to all fiction writers.
Please send work in English only.
6,000 word count maximum—short fiction only.
Work that has received editorial feedback is not eligible for submission to CRAFT contests.
Flash Fiction up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three microfiction pieces totaling fewer than 1,000 words) = $59
Short Story 1,000 to 3,500 Words (one short story) = $79
Short Story 3,500 to 6,000 Words (one short story) = $99
Submissions to Tidewater Press
Tidewater Press publishes true and imagined stories of identity and belonging. Their books explore the relationship between individuals and the communities in which they live – the ways in which people’s behaviour, values and perceptions are influenced by their circumstances, as well as each person’s ability to affect social change.
Established in 2017, Tidewater is a small press committed to enhancing the viability of new Canadian literature. A particular focus is working with self-published authors with the talent, commitment and potential to transition to professional trade publishing.
The submission process offers valuable feedback and constructive guidance to authors whose work is not yet ready for publication.
Tidewater Press has been established to nurture emerging Canadian authors. They accept submissions of both literary fiction and non-fiction that meet the following criteria:
- The story (whether fiction or non-fiction) is fresh, topical and will resonate with at least one defined, special interest constituency.
- The story (whether fiction or non-fiction) is compelling and is intended to give readers new insight into at least one aspect of contemporary life or Canadian history. Stories falling within a standard genre will be considered only if they transcend the normally recognized conventions of their genre.
- The author is committed to producing a quality book and is genuinely willing to engage in a rigorous editing process.
- The author has the ability and intention to actively support and promote the title after publication.
If you feel your manuscript meets the criteria, submit a brief (up to 500 words) synopsis and your manuscript using the submission form HERE.
The Globe and Mail Looking for Opinion Columns
The Globe and Mail Staff Editor, Sarah Efron, is looking for sharp 750-word columns for The Globe and Mail’s Opinion page, ideally news-hooked and from authoritative firstname.lastname@example.org @Sarah_Efron
Fee: $0; Award: $100 – $2,000; Deadline: Rolling
The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. They have been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. They publish personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. They encourage submissions from writers of color. View more submission guidelines here.
Submissions to The Walrus Magazine
The Walrus invites writers and artists to submit pitches and work to be considered for publication.
Journalism pitches should be written in the body of your email. A successful pitch will provide a description of your subject, evidence of original research and intended approach and intended format, and your credentials. Samples of previous work should be provided as attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf for text and .jpg for photos and illustrations) or web links.
Fiction, poetry, and art submissions should be included as attachments. Please do not pitch short story or poem ideas; we will consider only completed drafts.
- Do not follow up on your pitch by phone; we will respond by email.
- Unsolicited materials sent by mail will not be returned without proper self-addressed and stamped envelopes.
- Do not submit more than one short story or six poems every three months.
- The Walrus does not accept simultaneous submissions.
- Before sending a pitch, make sure you are familiar with the breadth and style of content at The Walrus, and confirm that your story idea isn’t one that has already been examined by The Walrus and that it concerns a topic relevant to a Canadian audience.
- The Walrus receives submissions daily. Please allow us a few weeks to respond to your query before following up.
The Walrus publishes timely short essays (maximum 1,200 words) reported from Canada and around the world. These take the form of reported narratives, memoirs, or small features focusing on a specific topic or issue. They demand a singular, focused argument and a strong writing voice—the author should have something original and significant to say. Their essays differ from newspaper op-eds in their breadth, depth of research, and quality of prose.
Writers new to The Walrus or without long-form journalism experience are encouraged to pitch to this section before seeking longer assignments.
Long-form narrative journalism at The Walrus focuses on issues relevant to Canadians, in the fields of politics, international affairs, the arts, the environment, health, science, sports, and so forth. Good articles are distinguished by thorough research, access to sources (when relevant), interesting characters, and the ability to tell compelling stories through narrative. Journalists pitching feature stories should have experience writing for magazines. Please note that memoirs or autobiographical works will be considered only on spec.
Arts & Culture
The review section of The Walrus covers architecture, art, books, dance, fashion, film, media, music, poetry, television, and theatre, with a special focus on literature. These pieces take the form of thematic reviews exploring new works in the context of other works; timely profiles of important figures in the arts; and narrative essays on new or ongoing phenomena in the cultural world. Writers in this section should have some authority in their area of interest.
The Walrus publishes online features and essays covering a range of timely, relevant subjects at thewalrus.ca. A general familiarity with our website is the best guide to what we’re looking for. Topics of particular interest include politics, business, society, international affairs, and arts and culture. Digital pieces are differentiated from print pieces by their timeliness—they maintain the same quality of originality, reportage, and language.
The Walrus publishes original work of Canadian literary fiction by new or established writers. Short stories range from 2,000 to 5,000 words. We welcome stories on any subject, but please note that we do not publish mystery, historical romance, thrillers or genre fiction.
The Walrus publishes work by new and established Canadian poets. Poems should fit in a single half-page column. Please send no more than six per submission and note that The Walrus does not consider work that has already appeared elsewhere, including on personal blogs.
Photographers who have produced a range of images on a particular theme are invited to submit their work for inclusion in The Walrus as a photo essay.
How To Submit:
- Fiction: email@example.com
- Poetry: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Illustration and photography: email@example.com
- Essays, features, and other articles: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions to The New Quarterly Magazine
The New Quarterly is a Canadian magazine currently accepting submissions in Creative Nonfiction.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are only accepting regular submissions online. Please do not mail in submissions at this time.
University of Calgary Continuing Education Online Writing Certificate Programs
Do you have a passion for creative writing? Do you need to strengthen your business and technical writing skills? Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help. Our writing certificates, including Creative Writing and Professional Writing with specializations in Business and Technical Writing and in Marketing and Public Relations, are taught by published authors and cover all aspects of the writing process. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of these writing certificate programs may be exactly what you need.
All of the courses in the programs are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection.
Upcoming courses are open for registration. For more information, visit https://conted.ucalgary.ca/writing.
White Wall Review Call for Submissions
Ryerson University’s literary magazine, White Wall Review, is currently working on expanding the opportunities for a more diverse pool of writers to submit their work to the magazine. The magazine, established in 1975, has gained recognition among Canadian poets and writers of both fiction and nonfiction, with a great majority of submissions coming from Ontario every year.
For more information, please visit http://whitewallreview.com/submit/.
King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction
This unique, two-year, limited-residency graduate program enables writers to continue to live and work in their home communities while working with writer-mentors to develop their book proposals and manuscripts. Faculty and mentors for the MFA include award-winning writers published by the top book imprints in Canada and around the world. Program includes two two-week summer residencies in Halifax, and one-week winter residencies in Toronto and New York, featuring guest publishers, editors, agents and writers.
For further course details and online registration information, go to ukings.ca/area-of-study/master-of-fine-arts-in-creative-nonfiction.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.