Please contact Sylvia Skene if you do not see your deadline listed here. We reserve the right to post only those contests, submission periods and deadlines of interest to or from our members.
Tip 1: please only submit or pitch to a magazine after you have read and met the submission requirements and have judged your piece or idea to be a good fit for the magazine’s usual content. Submitting or pitching to any and all magazines, a.k.a. a shotgun approach, just marks you out as lazy and annoys the editors.
Tip 2: if you wish to submit your work to a magazine by deadline, sooner is better, as by the closing date most pieces have been selected. Any other work–however great–that doesn’t complement these pieces will likely not be picked up for publication.
Note: for information on industry and professional awards and deadlines, please visit our Awards resources page.
Deadlines – Arts & Literary Magazines
Next submission periods
August 2020: Fiction, until we have reached capacity, due to a substantial backlog.
October 2020: Non-Fiction Contest
The Malahat Review
May 1, 2020: Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Biennial.
August 1, 2020: Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize.
Self-identifying Indigenous writers can submit for free.
Low-income writers may contact PRISM to request that a contest fee be waived.
July 15, 2020: Creative Non-fiction Contest
May 15, 2020: The Magpie Award For Poetry
March 22, 2020: Fiction Contest
June 1, 2020: Creative Non-Fiction Contest (opens April 1, 2020)
August 15, 2020: Poetry (opens June 15, 2020).
November 1, 2020: Short Forms (opens September 1, 2020).
WordWorks Federation of BC Writers.
Articles, interviews, poetry and prose. Contact first before submitting.
June 15, 2020: Summer issue, theme: fiction in all its forms: Romance, speculative, mystery, literary, horror, historical, erotic; scripts, short form, novels and more.
Continual Submissions – Arts & Literary Magazines
Reviews only – contact the reviews editor before submitting
The Pacific Rim Review of Books
Manuscripts and letters only.
Poetry, comics and artwork only.
No financial remuneration. Asian contributors of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry, features, interviews, reviews, art and photography.
Writers who self-identify as BIPOC only.
Seasonal submission periods. Currently closed for submissions.
Continual Submissions – Other Magazines
The following magazines generally ask that potential contributors send a pitch or short description of what they want to submit rather than their actual submission. Please review requirements on the magazine’s website before contacting the editor.
Submissions are welcome from youth (ages 7-14) or their parents/caregivers. Stories are welcome from youth of any age.
British Columbia History
Note also the article award and student writing scholarship given out every year for works on historical topics.
Dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth.
A quarterly online publication sharing stories and inspiration about the management of our cultural resources, both physical and intangible. Can also do pitches for audio interviews, short videos and photo essays.
For and by new immigrants to Canada. Need to join community.
BCIT students only may contribute; looking for writers, photographers, graphic designers, and bloggers.
Submissions from experienced writers and journalists are welcome, but POC, LGBTQ+, and writers of all abilities are especially encouraged.
Page One Publishing:
Douglas Magazine – Victoria business
Spruce Magazine – home & design
YAM magazine – lifestyle
Tree Service Canada
The voice of Canada’s tree services industry.
Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
Environmental news from BC and beyond. Writers guidelines.
Western Living & VanMag
Photographers/illustrators can drop off their portfolio at the office, attention Art Director.