20 Canadian Literary Magazines Poetry, fiction, essays, creative non fiction, reviews, interviews, art and more.
Arc Poetry Magazine
Year established: 2004 Published from: Ottawa, Ontario Genres: Poetry, Essays, Interviews Submission period: April 1 to July 31; September 1 to December 31 Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $50 per page
Year established: 2017 Published from: Toronto, Ontario Genres: Poetry, Short fiction Submission period: Currently September 1–30; Opens periodically each season Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $60.00 CAD per poem; $0.11 cents CAD per word for short fiction
Year established: 1978 Published from: York University, Toronto, Ontario Genres: Poetry, Short plays, Short fiction, Critical essays, Interviews Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website Submission fee: Nil Payment: $50 per accepted submission (maximum $250)
Year established: 2018 Published from: Montréal, Québec Genres: Short fiction (fiction and non-fiction), poetry Submission period: July 27 – August 16 for the August Issue, August 27 – September 16 for the September Issue, and so on Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: Nil
Year established: 2002 Published from: Vancouver, British Columbia Genres: Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction Submission period: All year Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $50 CAD for one page
Year established: 2006 Published from: Vancouver, British Columbia Genres: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, commentary Submission period: All year Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $50 per poem; $0.10 per word for prose
The Antigonish Review
Year established: 2001 Published from: Antigonish, Nova Scotia Genres: Poetry, fiction, essays, articles, book reviews Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $5 per page of poetry; $50 per prose
The New Quarterly
Year established: 1981 Published from: Waterloo, Ontario Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $275 for prose; $50 per poem
The Temz Review
Year established: 2017 Published from: Ontario Genres: Fiction, poetry, reviews Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $20
Year established: 2000 Published from: Montréal, Québec Genres: Poetry, essays, reviews Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: Nil
Year established: 1997 Published from: Toronto, Ontario Genres: Fiction, poetry Submission period: All year Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $50 per page
Year established: 2013 Published from: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry Submission period: All year Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $30-$60 honorarium
Year established: 2014 Published from: Toronto, Ontario Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry Submission period: All year Type: Digital Websiste | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $10 honorarium
Year established: 2007 Published from: Ottawa, Ontario Genres: Fiction, poetry, essays Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $100
Into the Void
Year established: 2012 Published from: Toronto, Ontario Genres: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art Submission period: All year Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $10 per poem, $20 per prose
Year established: 1993 Published from: Calgary, Alberta Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art Submission period: All year Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $25 honorarium
Hamilton Review of Books
Year established: 2016 Published from: Hamilton, Ontario Genres: Reviews, essays, interviews Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $50 per review, $75 per essay or interview
Year established: 2013 Published from: Canada Genres: Poetry Submission period: All year Type: Digital Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: Nil
Year established: 1983 Published from: Canada Genres: Fiction, poetry Submission period: January and September (see dates) Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $55 for 1–4 pages
Dreamers Creative Writing
Year established: 2018 Published from: Hepworth, Ontario Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews Type: Digital + Print Website | Facebook Submission fee: Nil Payment: $20 honorarium
Hello! We have another curated a list of our favorite literary magazines, this time of Canadian origin, publishing steadily for a couple of years. What about us, The Bombay Review? Well, New York is a couple of thousand miles away from Toronto, so Canada is as much a neighbor to us as Pakistan is. We have conducted literary events in many cities in Canada, and also have a special themed issue coming up in early 2021. To that end, we are always open to reading your work, publishing your work, and engaging with you. Details below.
By Team TBR
The Bombay Review Year established: 2014 Published from: New York City & Mumbai Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Art, Reviews, Interviews, Culture pieces Submission period: All year Type: Online + Print Website | Instagram | Facebook Submission fee: None Payment: Ranges from Nil to $50
The Bombay Review: We have multiple funded opportunities for writers of all genres. While we tend to support talent in our primary bases of South Asia and the East Coast of the United States, we are open to applications from around the world. The pandemic has been hard for everybody, and we are happy to provide you with financial support for writing projects as well, apart from mentorship, resources, a chance to be published and other opportunities.
Please check guidelines carefully, before applying. Our hiring process for full time jobs at The Bombay Review has slowed down currently – you can take a look at the jobs portal on the website for upcoming requirements. Freelance opportunities are available on assignment basis, but preference is given to applicants based out of Toronto, New York, New Delhi and Mumbai, since some of the work will require in-person attendance.
Details below. Next update with 18 more opportunities on November 15th.
Creative Writing Award – Fiction | New Dalit Writing Edition | LGBTQ+ Vol 2/3 | Grants for Literary Initiatives | Best of Student Writing Award
The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.
1st Prize — €2,000 —Featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2021) — Publication in Southword
2nd Prize — €500 — Publication in Southword
3rd Prize — €250 — Publication in Southword
Ten runners-up — €50 — Publication in Southword
Deadline: 30th November, 2020 (midnight). Entries are accepted from 31st September. Submission fees: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five. If you would like to submit more than five poems, please make more than one entry.
Submission Guidelines: Entries must be short stories between 500 and 1,500 words. Please use 12pt type, preferably Times New Roman, and submit your short story as either a Word doc or a PDF. Only previously unpublished short stories are eligible. Writers may submit multiple stories, each of which requires a separate submission. Submissions through Submittable only. Notification: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. The winning short stories and finalists will be announced publicly on our Web site and social media as well as by email to all contestants in March of 2021
First Prize: $1,250 + publication in LitMag + agency review Finalists: Three finalists will receive $100 each. All finalists will be considered for possible agency review and publication.
The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone, as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.
The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.
Deadline: 31 DECEMBER 2020
The shortlist will be announced in March 2021 and the four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth.
WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The WOW Flash Fiction Contest has awarded over $80,000 in cash to writers since its inception. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English.
Word Count: Maximum: 750, Minimum: 250 Deadline: November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)
1st Prize – $400.00 cash prize, $25 Amazon Gift Certificate, Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
2nd Prize – $300.00 cash prize, $25 Amazon Gift Certificate, Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
3rd Prize – $200.00 cash prize, $25 Amazon Gift Certificate, Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
7 RUNNERS UP: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate, Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
Write India by Times of India Hosted by Times of India, Write India is an annual writing competition in its third season. Prominent authors provide a writing prompt. Themes/Genres: Short fiction. Specific writing prompts announced every month Prize: Publication in the annual Write India anthology Submission Fees: NIL Status: Open (as of August, 2020)
Commonwealth Short Story Prize The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings together writers from 10+ countries, including India. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish. Themes/Genres: Short fiction Prize: £2,500 for the regional winner; £5,000 for the overall winner. Submission Fees: NIL Status: Will open on September 1
The Indian Short Story Content on Juggernaut A few years old, the publisher Juggernaut hosts regular writing contests on its website. Themes/Genres: Multiple, check website Prize: 10 entries get editorial feedback, 3 win an exclusive publishing contract with Juggernaut books. Submission Fees: NIL Status: Open (as of August, 2020)
Story Mirror Founded in 2015, StoryMirror is a tech start-up offering everyone a platform to launch themselves in the field of literature. They host regular contests in English and various Indian regional languages. Themes/Genres: Short fiction Prize: Certificates and publication on the Story Mirror website. Submission Fees: NIL Status: Open (as of August, 2020)
Dastaan Award The Dastaan Award was set up by Ali Azfar Naqvi and Afia Aslam to support new writing. Writers from all over Asia are invited to submit their writing.
Themes/Genres: Short fiction Prize: PKR 50,000 Submission Fees: NIL Status: Check website (as of August, 2020)
Kitaab’s The Best of South Asian Stories series of anthologies aims to celebrate the Asian short story as a constantly evolving, innovative and vibrant mode of literary expression.
Themes/Genres: Short fiction with a focus on climate change and migration but other themes will be considered too. Prize: Publication in The Best of South Asian Stories anthology Submission Fees: $20 per submission As of August 2020: Closed
The Wordweavers 2020 Contest Wordweavers is an online magazine for short stories and poetry. They regularly host poetry and short fiction competitions.
Themes/Genres: Short fiction and poetry Prize: Publication in the Anthology Submission Fees: NIL Status: Open (as of August, 2020)
An Asian Tapestry of Colours This contest invites writers from the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India to share stories specifically for readers between 13 to 17 years old.
Themes/Genres: Short fiction Prize: Publication and $50 Submission Fees: NIL Status: Closed (as of August, 2020)
Themes/Genres: Short fiction on the prompt “For a long time I was scared I’d find out I was like my mother.” Prize: Publication in the annual anthology and INR 500 Submission Fees: NIL Status: Open (as of August, 2020)
Themes/Genres: Responsive poems: We respond to the world and weather. We respond to ourselves. We respond. We. Prize: Publication on several web architectural portals and anthology. Submission Fees: INR 500 Status: Open (as of August, 2020)
The Bombay Review, ambitiously so, plans to review all the Booker Prize winners, since 1968 when the Prize was first constituted. We welcome review pitches from professional and freelance writers, journalists, columnists, and book lovers. All submissions must be exclusive, and previously unpublished. To review a book for us, please send us a pitch between 200 and 500 words.
In case a book is not available with you, we will send you a copy if you are selected to write the piece.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the mail should be – ‘Book Review : Book Name : Your Name’.
We are starting the reviews section with The Booker Prize winners, but we would love to have pitches for other books as well.
Due to the volume of submissions, we can only respond to those of interest.
PLease make sure to include the following information at the top of your pitch:
*Book(s) and/or writer(s) you would like to discuss in your piece *Approximate word count *Your bio *Two relevant writing samples, preferably of reviews. *Availability of the book with you. (Please note that we will be sending you books only in select cases)
You are encouraged to briefly explain any critical, historical context you consider relevant apart from the reason you picked the particular book.
TO PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS (for books not in our list)
To have your book considered for review, send a pitch to email@example.com; copies of books will be asked of you. This is a paid service. You can mail us for a quote.
ABOUT THE BOOKER PRIZE
The Booker Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize (1969–2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002–2019), is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. The winner of the Booker Prize is generally assured international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. From its inception, only novels written by Commonwealth, Irish, and South African (and later Zimbabwean) citizens were eligible to receive the prize; in 2014 it was widened to any English-language novel—a change that proved controversial.
A high-profile literary award in British culture, the Booker Prize is greeted with anticipation and fanfare. It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist or even to be nominated for the “longlist”.
The Complete List of Man Booker Winners
2018 Milkman by Anna Burns United Kingdom / Northern Ireland
2017 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders United States
2016 The Sellout by Paul Beatty United States
2015 A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James Jamaica
2014 The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Australia
2013 The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Canada / New Zealand
2012 Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel United Kingdom
2011 The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes United Kingdom
2010 The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson United Kingdom
2009 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel United Kingdom
2008 The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga India
2007 The Gathering by Anne Enright Ireland
2006 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai India
2005 The Sea by John Banville Ireland
2004 The Line of Beauty by Allan Hollinghurst United Kingdom
2003 Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre Australia
2002 Life of Pi by Yann Martel Canada
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey Australia
2000 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood Canada
1999 Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee South Africa
1998 Amsterdam by Ian McEwan United Kingdom
1997 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy India
1996 Last Orders by Graham Swift United Kingdom
1995 The Ghost Road by Pat Barker United Kingdom
1994 How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman United Kingdom
1993 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle Ireland
1992 Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth United Kingdom and* The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje Canada / Sri Lanka
1991 The Famished Road by Ben Okri Nigeria
1990 Possession by A. S. Byatt United Kingdom
1989 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro United Kingdom / Japan
1988 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey Australia
1987 Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively United Kingdom
1986 The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis United Kingdom
1985 The Bone People by Keri Hulme New Zealand
1984 Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner United Kingdom
1983 Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee South Africa
1982 Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally Australia
1981 Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie United Kingdom / India
1980 Rites of Passage by William Golding United Kingdom
1979 Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald United Kingdom
1978 The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch Ireland / United Kingdom
1977 Staying On by Paul Scott United Kingdom
1976 Saville by David Storey United Kingdom
1975 Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala United Kingdom / Germany
1974 The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer South Africa and* Holiday by Stanley Middleton United Kingdom
1973 The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell United Kingdom / Ireland
1972 G. by John Berger United Kingdom
1971 In a Free State (short story)** by V. S. Naipaul United Kingdom / Trinidad and Tobago
1970*** Troubles by J. G. Farrell United Kingdom / Ireland
1970 The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens United Kingdom
1969 Something to Answer For by P. H. Newby United Kingdom
Books will be made available to reviewers whose pitches are accepted.