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Resources for Canadian (and international) writers. Updated daily with contests, submission calls, news, author profiles, writing events, and other literary tidbits.
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1. Wanted: Secrets and stories of unconventional lives

SAD Mag, a Vancouver based arts & culture publication, is seeking poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction pieces. Theme: Secrets (personal and political secrets, unconventional ideas and lives — writers are encouraged to interpret creatively and broadly). Length: 1,000 words max. Accepted pieces published online alongside an illustration; some published in the print issue. Particularly interested in works by queer and emerging writers. Deadline: May 15, 2016.

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2. Looking for stories you’re afraid to tell

The Chaos is a new journal of personal narrative, publishing true stories of personal growth, lessons learned, life-changing events, and milestones from emerging and established writers. From the editor: “We’re looking for the stories you are afraid to tell, but know you must” — unique perspectives on familiar experiences, writing that ventures into the mind of the writer or the scene of the story. Deadline: Rolling.

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3. $1000 prize each for poetry and fiction

Room Magazine is accepting entries for their annual Poetry and Fiction Contest. Prize in each genre: $1000 plus publication. Judged by Marilyn Dumont (poetry) and Doretta Lau (fiction). Room’s contests are open to women, trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people. Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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4. Poetry & prose wanted for biannual journal

Online journal Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is accepting submissions of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, features, and artwork for the Fall 2016 issue. Deadline: August 15, 2016.

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5. Seeking texts about ‘The End’

KAPSULA is looking for pieces that speak to the concept of finality in art. More specifically, writers are asked to highlight a topic specific to the period that KAPSULA has been produced: 2013–2016. What, in the broad sense, has led us to THE END? Open to abstracts, proposals, and finished papers. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

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6. Wanted: Your ‘happy endings that hurt a little bit’ (pays)

Syntax and Salt, which publishes 13 magical realism pieces a season, seeks submissions for Issue 2. Length: 3500 words max. Likes old stories told in a new way and new stories told in an old way, plus well executed sad endings. Pays $10/story. Deadline: June 15, 2016.

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7. Seeking female dating stories

It’s Not Personal is a new project inspired by the female dating experience. Looking for art and writing submissions that are related to the topic of dating. The final project will be a magazine or book with a likely publication date of Fall 2016. Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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8. Seeking stories that ‘linger just out of reach’

WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.

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9. Wanted: Your short and sweet poems

In Bloom (PA) is a new literary zine featuring micropoetry by emerging writers. Currently accepting short poetry submissions for the debut issue. Deadline: April 26, 2016.

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10. Paying journal seeks poetry & prose

Biannual independent arts & lit journal The Quilliad (Toronto) seeks submissions for the next issue. Publishes poetry, flash fiction (500 words or less), and short stories (generally 1000-2000 words). Send 5 poems, 5 flash fiction pieces, or 2 short stories max. Payment: $12 honorarium, contributor’s copy, and free admission to the launch party for your issue. Deadline: April 30, 2016.

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11. Seeking writing about the senior’s life

Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine (NC), which explores the wide spectrum of the senior citizen’s life, seeks pieces for the next issue. Open to poetry, short fiction, creative essay, memoir and book reviews from anyone, anywhere. Welcomes any topic, and in any voice or style. Main criteria: the work needs to be good: it should engage the reader/viewer, enrich our experience. Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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12. Wanted: Poetry that leaves blood behind

Black Napkin Press is currently seeking submissions of art and poetry for their inaugural digital publication and future issues. From the editor: “We want your weird, we want your provocative, we want the poems that you need in the world. We like poetry that forces a reader to feel, poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.” Deadline: Rolling.

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13. Canadian poetry contest with mentoring prize

Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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14. £100 prize for funny writing

Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest. Open to humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing from international writers. Prizes in two categories, free (£50) and paid (£100 – with £5 entry fee). Deadline: August 31, 2016.

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15. Contest for previously published fiction/non

Submissions are invited for the Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award. Open to reprints of fiction and creative nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print). One $200 prize plus publication. Minimum one runner-up prize including publication and payment. Fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2016.

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16. New art & lit journal seeks submissions

Submissions are open for the debut issue of November Bees, a quarterly online art and literature journal. Currently seeking previously unpublished nonfiction and fiction (including blurred genre hybrid) under 1,000 words, plus poetry and visual art. Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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17. Seeking poetic responses to sexual assault

University of Regina Press and poet Sue Goyette are asking poets to submit to a collection that addresses the issue of sexual assault, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, rape culture and the ongoing quest for justice. Open to international submissions. Pieces can be sent by mail (University of Regina Press, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2) or emailed to nickita.longman@uregina.ca. Deadline: September 15, 2016.

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18. Wanted: Dark, discouraged, hopeless writing. Maybe optimistic.

New quarterly Flytrap Uprising is accepting submissions for their second issue. Looking for noir–noir fiction, noir poetry, and articles about noir topics. Editor’s note: Noir is more than detective stories. Seeking “your dark, your discouraged, your hopeless, but also your light at the end of the tunnel.” Deadline: August 31, 2016.

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19. €1000 prize for poetry chapbook

Entries are invited for the Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. (Ireland) First prize: €1000, chapbook publication, and 50 free copies. Winning poets also offered a reading at the 2017 Cork International Poetry Festival (includes three nights’ accommodation). At least one of the prizewinners guaranteed to be a debutante publication. Entry fee: €25. Deadline: May 31, 2016.

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20. Write about place/displacement for new journal

The Papermachine, an online multi-genre arts and literature publication, is seeking short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction entries for its inaugural issue. Particularly interested in work that explores themes of place, “home,” and displacement. Word length: up to 3000 words per entry. No fees for submission. Deadline: April 16, 2016.

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21. $1000 prize in contest for unpublished poets

The Malahat Review invites emerging poets (who have yet to publish in book form) to enter the Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Prize: $1000. Submit up to three poems, 60 lines max. Entry fees: $25-$35. Contest judge: Steven Heighton. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

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22. Write about killing your lawn … or gardening

Chrysalis (Canada) is creating a gardening zine, “Kill Your Lawn”, with the first print edition set to be released in late May. Seeking creative writing (of any kind), how-tos, and art about gardening, permaculture, self-sufficiency, and homesteading. Also accepting submissions on an ongoing basis for both print and online content. Send submissions to chrysaliszine@gmail.com. Deadline: May 16, 2015.

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23. Writing on social justice wanted for debut issue

immix Magazine (US), a new online journal focused on social justice matters, seeks essays, personal narratives and political cartoons for their first issue. Length: 5000 words max. Topics must be related to social justice or other social matters. Encourages pieces on gender/sexuality, health, politics, and the environment. After first issue, rolling deadline.

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24. Poetry & prose contest for adults & youth

The Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group invites entries from adults and youth for the 2016 Write on the Lake Contest. First prize: $100. Categories: Poetry (3 pages or 1500 words max), fiction (2500 words max.), and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) Entry fees: Adult – $20 and youth (under 18 years) – $10. Deadline: July 31, 2016.

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25. Mystery story contest with $200 prize

Entries are invited for the 2016 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest. Entry fee: $15. First prize: $200. Submit mystery, suspense, or thriller stories, 2500 words max. Contest is open to all. Contact amwcontest@gmail.com with questions. Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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