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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. Artistic, beautiful, and satisfying reads wanted

Online quarterly Lunaris Review, a Journal of Art and the Literary (Nigeria), publishes work that brings “together creative minds to a common platform of artistry and beauty while providing the audience a satisfying read”. Publishes fiction (flash fiction and short story), creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry. Accepts international submissions. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

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2. Seeking writing from Canadian university students

University of Windsor’s Generation Magazine is accepting poetry, prose and creative non-fiction from Canadian graduate and undergraduate students. Submit up to 5 double-spaced pages. Payment: Two copies of the magazine and $2 per published piece. Email to generationmagazinewindsor@gmail.com. Deadline: December 1, 2015.

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3. Seeking discourse on people & their environments

Online journal The Turnip Truck(s) seeks creative and critical submissions concerned with the dialectics of the human and its environment(s). Submit one essay/story or five poems. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

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4. Submit your fearless, unpredictable works

great weather for MEDIA (New York) seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for their annual print anthology. Focus on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental. Welcomes submissions from international writers. Deadline: January 15, 2016. Guidelines.

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5. Paying journal wants work that provokes, excites, entertains

The Humber Literary Review seeks submissions of essays, poetry, artwork, and comics for its fifth issue (Spring 2016). Pays $100 each for essays, fiction, reviews, and for 2-3 poems. Contributors receive two copies plus a one-year subscription. Deadline: December 15, 2015. Guidelines.

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6. Wanted: Writing that comments on today’s world

whimperbang (US), an online journal of artistic commentary, published three times a year, invites the submission of serious, directed artistic expressions that reflect or comment upon today’s world. All literary and visual genres will be considered. Deadline: Open. Guidelines.

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7. Wanted: Diverse poetry and prose

Polychrome Ink seeks submissions for Volume Three. Interested in diverse poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Defines diversity as anyone who: does not consider themselves to be white, heterosexual, and/or cisgender; is Intersex; is neuroatypical, and/or who is physically disabled. Pays $15-$40. Deadline: December 27, 2015. Guidelines.

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8. Seeking stories for short attention spans

Online journal TRACER (Toronto) is looking for short stories for short attention spans. Submit pieces 2000 words max. Any genre welcome. Deadline: Open.

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9. Wanted: Your insensitively-sensitive works

The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.

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10. Poetry & fiction contest with $1275 in prizes

The Dream Quest One.com invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: US$250; first prize short fiction: US$500. Entry fees: US$5 (poetry) and US$10 (fiction).
Deadline: January 24, 2016.

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11. Poetry journal seeks ‘everything’

Atrocity Exhibition aims to exhibit good poetry. Seeks poems, photographs, watercolors, essays, translations, flash fictions, journal entries, scribbles, text messages, everything. Pieces should be inclusive. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

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12. Wanted: Writing that goes for the heart over the head

Bougainvillea Road Lit Mag is a new online journal looking for literary flash, short stories, poems, vignettes, standalone excerpts from longer work, and creative non-fiction pieces. Looks for writing that is eclectic, alive, and intrepid. Length: 2000 words max. Three pieces max. per submission. Send to Brian1750@hotmail.com. Deadline: Rolling.

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13. Seeking writing about the craft of writing

Biannual magazine Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing seeks submissions for their Spring 2016 issue. Accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, artwork, and feature articles and interviews about the craft of writing. Deadline: January 31, 2016. Guidelines.

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14. Seeking writing about “distance”

Chrysalis, a “quarterly-ish” print zine, seeks poetry, short fiction, and art from both established and emerging writers and artists. Theme: Distance. Deadline: November 6, 2015; however submissions of work for the blog are accepted on an ongoing basis. Send to chrysaliszine@gmail.com and include a brief bio separately from your submission document (no name on submission document). Facebook.

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15. Writing by undergrads wanted

Green Blotter Magazine is looking for visual art, poetry, and prose from current undergraduates. Open to any genres or experiments with the visual and verse. Accepted pieces included in Green Blotter’s 2016 issue. Deadline: February 1, 2016. Guidelines.

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16. €1000 and writer’s retreat prize for poetry

The Munster Literature Centre (Ireland) invites entries for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. First prize: €1000, a writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a trip to Ireland, and publication in Southword Journal. More prizes available. Open to international entrants. Length: 40 lines. Theme: open. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Guidelines.

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17. Poetry contest with $500 prize

Cosmonauts Avenue invites entries for their inaugural CA Poetry Prize, judged by Claudia Rankine. Winner receives $500 and publication. Submit two poems max. per entry. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Guidelines.

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18. Writers, get your gory on

Goreyesque, on online journal featuring work inspired by the spirit and aesthetic of Edward Gorey, is seeking short stories, poems, artwork and essays for their Halloween issue. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Guidelines.

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19. Wanted: Writing that ‘cat-burgles’ expectations

The Los Angeles Review invites submissions for Vol. 20. Theme: Ekphrasis. Publishes fiction (“hard-to-put-down shorts”) under 1000 words as well as sequences of such shorts and/or stand-alone lengthier stories up to 4,000 words; nonfiction (1000-4000 words); flash nonfiction (“that cat-burgles expectations”), poetry and book reviews. Reading fee: $3. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.

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20. Wanted: Writing that says ‘slow down’

Online literary magazine Cargo focuses on narrative and growth through travel and exploration. Seeks creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry, book reviews, visual art, and photography. Prefers work that evokes a strong sense of character, setting, movement, and the internal journey — writing that asks us to slow down and consider our past for a moment. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

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21. Contest for attention-grabbing prose

Entries are invited for the Writer Advice’s Fourth Scintillating Starts Contest. Three prizes of $100. Submit opening paragraphs, up to 1500 words, of an unpublished memoir or novel (or other prose genre). Open to works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 10, 2015. Guidelines.

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22. Short fiction contest with $1500 prize

PRISM international is now accepting submissions for their 2016 Short Fiction Contest, judged by Lee Maracle. First prize: $1500 + publication; more prizes available. Length: 6000 words max. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 20, 2016. Guidelines.

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23. Short story contest with no entry fee, $300 prize

Words & Brushes invites writers to write a short story (length: 2000-5000 words) around an artwork from their image gallery. First prize: $300. Participants may enter as many stories as they like. No entry fee. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.

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24. Paying journal wants your monsters, myths & magic

Small independent journal The Quilliad (Toronto) seeks flash fiction, short stories, poetry, comics, photography, and art from Canadian writers and artists. Looking for literary science fiction and horror; magic realism; fairy tales, folk tales, myths, and legends; monsters, death, magic, and fear. Submit 1-5 pieces. Deadline: October 20, 2015. Payment: $12 honorarium plus copy. Guidelines.

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25. Seeking character studies from Canadian writers

Online literary journal and small press Pictures and Portraits (Toronto) seeks experimental prose and character studies from Canadian writers. Accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Length: 2500 words or less. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.

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