– 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 to Canadian literary submissions is submission information for 79 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!
|Alberta Views||Not specified||Yes, but amount not specified||First North American serial rights|
|alt-minds||Yes||$50 per prose piece, $20 per poem||Submittable||Limited non-exclusive digital and print rights|
|Arc||Not specified||$50 per page||Submittable||First Canadian rights|
|Auger||Yes||$0.02/word over 1250 words, $25 under 1250, $20 poem||Moksha||First English rights|
|Blank Spaces||Yes||Not specified||Online form||Not specified|
|Briarpatch Magazine||Not specified||$75 to $225||First non-exclusive rights|
|Brick||Yes||Yes, but amount not specified||Submittable||Not specified|
|Broken Pencil||Not specified||$30 to $300||Email, Submittable||Not specified|
|Bywords||No specified||$75||First publication rights|
|Canadian Literature||No||Small honorarium||OJS||None exclusive right to publish (poetry only – papers/reviews have different rights)|
|Canadian Notes and Queries||Not specified||Contest prizes up to $1000||First publication rights|
|Canthius||Yes||$15/poem, $50/prose||Submittable||Not specified|
|carte blanche||Yes||Modest honorarium||Submittable||First world serial rights|
|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|
|Czykmate/Ricky’s Backyard||Yes||$2 CAD||Submittable|
|Dreamers Creative Writing||Yes||$20 honorarium||Submittable||Limited non-exclusive digital and print rights|
|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 American serial rights|
|Forget Magazine||Not specified||No payment provided||Not specified|
|Found Press||Yes||$50 plus royalties||Authors retain rights|
|Freefall||Not specified||$10/page up to $100 for prose, $25 per poem||Online Form||Not specified|
|Geez||Not specified||Modest honorarium, amount not specified||First publication rights and digital rights|
|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||First North American serial rights|
|Hamilton Review of Books||Yes||$50/review, $75/essay||Not specified|
|Humber Literary Review||Yes||$100 for essays, fiction, reviews, 2-3 poems, plus 1-year subscription||Submittable||First North American serial rights|
|Joyland||Yes||Yes, but amount not specified||Submittable||Not specified|
|Juniper: A Poetry Journal||Yes||Not specified||Not specified|
|Little Fiction | Big Truths||Yes||No payment provided||Authors retain copyright|
|Maple Tree Literary Supplement||Not specified||$30 honorarium||Online Form||Global publishing rights|
|Montreal Writes||No||No payment provided||Not specified|
|Nunum||Yes||$20||Submittable||First-time North American publishing rights|
|One Throne Magazine||No||No payment provided||Submittable||Exclusive publication rights for three months, non-exclusive indefinitely|
|On Spec||Yes||$50 to $200||Submittable||First North American serial rights|
|paperplates||Yes||No payment provided||First North American serial rights|
|Petal Journal||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|Plenitude Magazine||Yes||$35 poem, $85 prose honorarium||Submittable||First serial rights|
|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||First North American serial rights|
|Ricepaper Magazine||Not specified||No payment provided||First North American serial rights|
|Riddle Fence||Yes||$30/page||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|
|Spadina Literary Review||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|subTerrain||Not specified||$0.10/per word, max $500, $50 poem||Submittable||Not specified|
|Taddle Creek||Not specified||Not specified||Email or Postal Mail||Not specified|
|The Anti-Languorous Project||Yes||1 hard copy publication||Submittable||First North American Serial Rights|
|The Antigonish Review||Not specified||$5 to $50||Submittable||First English-language, North American serial rights|
|The Bull Calf||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
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|Yes||$10 to $50||Submittable||First North American publication rights|
|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 Maynard||Yes||Not specified||Online Form||First North American Serial Rights and non-exclusive reprint rights|
|The Montreal Review||Yes||No payment provided||The authors retain all copyright after the appearance of their work in The Montreal Review|
|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 Rusty Toque||Not specified||$50 honorarium||Not specified|
|The Walrus||No||$1/word for print, online is $350 for opinion pieces/essays and $400 for reported pieces||First North American serial rights|
|The Windsor Review||Not specified||Not specified||Email or Postal Mail||Not specified|
|This Magazine||Not specified||Yes, but amount not specified||First serial rights|
|Understory||Yes||Yes, $50 to $100||Non-exclusive internet rights|
|Untethered||Not specified||Contest prizes up to $200||Not specified|
|Vallum Magazine||No||Yes, but amount not specified||Online or Postal Mail||First North American serial rights|
|White Wall Review||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
Submit writing to Dreamers Creative Writing!
Dreamers is also part of this Guide to Canadian Literary Submissions:
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 here to see what we like.
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
- 13 Short Story Contests in Canada
If you like this Guide to Canadian Literary Submissions, you’ll also love our lists of contests where you can submit!
About the Author of this Guide to Canadian Literary Submissions
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 the Canadian literary publications (Canadian literary journals, literary websites, literary magazines) featured in this guide to Canadian literary submissions, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This article about which literary publications to submit writing to in Canada was last updated on June 23, 2019.