– Your Guide to Canadian Literary Submissions –
Are you looking for places to submit Writing in Canada? Check out this guide to Canadian literary submissions! Included in this guide is submission information for 41 Canadian literary journals, magazines and websites. As an added bonus, most of these literary publications are open to emerging writers!
I’ve linked directly to the pages describing where to submit writing. I’ve also included whether or not they accept simultaneous submissions, information about payment, how to submit, and what your rights are as an author.
So what are you waiting for? Get submitting!
|Brick||Yes||Not specified||Submittable||Not specified|
|Broken Pencil||Not Specified||$30 to $300||Email, Submittable||Not specified|
|Canadian Notes and Queries||Not Specified||Contest prizes up to $1000||Not specified|
|Canadian Women in the Literary Arts||Not Specified||$200 honorarium||Not specified|
|Canthius||Yes||$15/poem, $50/prose||Submittable||Not specified|
|Cosmonauts Avenue||Yes||Contest prizes up to $500||Submittable||Not specified|
|CV2||Yes||$30 to $150||Submittable||First North America serial rights and limited non-exclusive digital rights|
|Dreamers Creative Writing||Yes||$20 honorarium||Submittable||Limited non-exclusive digital and print rights|
|Don’t Talk to Me About Love||Yes||$50 per submission||Submittable||Not specified|
|Event||Yes||$30/page pros, $35/page poetry, max of $500||Submittable||First North American serial print rights, limited non-exclusive digital rights|
|Exile||No||Contest prizes up to $10,000||Postal Mail||Not specified|
|Existere||Yes||Small honorarium, amount not specified||First publication rights|
|Feathertale||Not Specified||Yes, but amount not specified||First North America serial rights or reprint rights|
|Filling Station||Yes||$25 honorarium||Submittable||First North Amercan serial rights|
|Freefall||Not Specified||$10/page up to $100 for prose, $25 per poem||Online Form||Not specified|
|Geez||Not Specified||Modest honorarium||Not specified|
|Geist||Yes||Yes, but amount not specified||Postal Mail||First North American serial rights|
|Grain||No||$50/page to a maximum of $250||Submittable||First Canadian serial rights|
|Guts||Not Specified||$50 blog/$100 issue||Not specified|
|Hamilton Arts and Letters||Not Specified||Small honorarium, amount not specified||Not specified|
|Joyland||Yes||Yes, but amount not specified||Submittable||Not specified|
|(parenthetical)||Yes||$15 honorarium||Not specified|
|Petal Journal||Not Specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|Prairie Fire||Yes||$0.10 per word, max $250||Postal Mail||First North American serial rights|
|Prism||Yes||$30/page prose, $40/page poetry||Submittable||First North American serial rights|
|Pulp Literature||Yes||Between 0.015 and $0.07/per word, max 7000 words||Exclusive first world rights, print and digital|
|Queen’s Quarterly||Yes||Yes, but amount not specified||Email or Postal Mail||Not specified|
|Riddle Fence||Yes||Not specified.||First serial rights|
|Room||Yes||$50/one page, $60/two, $90/three, $120 four, $150 five plus||Submittable||Not specified, but authors retain copyright|
|Sewer Lid||Not Specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|The Dalhousie Review||No||No payment provided||Not specified|
|The Danforth Review||Not Specified||No payment provided||Submittable||Right to publish online and in archives|
|The Fiddlehead||Yes||$60/page||Submittable||First serial rights|
|The Goose||Not Specified||No payment provided||Online Form||Requires copyright with personal use exceptions|
|The Malahat Review||No||$60/page plus a 1 year subscription||Submittable||First world print and serial rights|
|The New Quarterly||Yes||$250 (story or non-fiction)/$40 (poem)||Postal Mail||First Canadian publishing rights|
|The Prairie Journal||No||Modest honorarium for print, amount not specified||Postal Mail||First publication rights|
|The Puritan||Yes||$20/poem, $75/fiction, $100/essay, interview or review||Online Form||First North American serial rights|
|The Quilliad||Not Specified||$13 honorarium||Right to print|
|The Walrus||No||Not specified||Not specified|
|Untethered||Not Specified||Contest prizes up to $200||Not specified|
Submit writing to Dreamers Creative Writing!
We’re looking for short stories, poems, personal essays or excerpts (that stand alone) from any genre of writing. We’re willing to consider any form of writing that is well-written and from the heart. We especially love writing that has some connection to writing for wellness – narrative medicine, medical memoir, writing the self, healing writing, etc. Previously published pieces are okay, as long as they are currently available for repeat publication. We accept submissions via submittable and pay authors a one-time $20 honorarium.
Read these examples to see what we like:
- Creative non-fiction: Three Hots and a Cot
- Poem: Jax Teller
- A Poem for Writers
- Poem: Sick of Dancing
- Fiction: The Librarian
Love writing contests?
We’ve compiled lists of some of the best Canadian contests run by literary publications to submit writing to:
- 15 Canadian Creative Non-Fiction Contests
- 5 Places to Submit Flash Fiction in Canada
- 10 Poetry Contests Open to Canadians
About the Author
Kat McNichol is the Co-Editor for the Journal of Integrated Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of Dreamers Creative Writing. She is also a Director of Marketing-Communications in Waterloo and has spent the past 12+ years writing marketing copy for the high-tech industry. She holds a B.A. in English Literature, and an MAIS in Writing and New Media, and Literary Studies, and she is working on a PhD in Career Writing at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.
*I’ve emailed a number of queries to these Canadian literary publications (Canadian literary journals, literary websites, literary magazines) asking for the information I’m currently missing. This article about where to submit writing in Canada will be updated as the missing information is provided to me. In the meantime, if you notice anything incorrect in this list of Canadian literary publications or you have some of the information I’m missing, email [email protected]
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