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Upcoming Magazine Submission, Contest and Other Deadlines as of May 17, 2021

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 run by our members.

A few tips on submitting:

  1. Some magazines have seen drastic decreases in revenues, and are unable to receive pitches or submissions at this time. If you visit their website but are still unsure, please contact them before submitting.
  2. Most magazines receive submissions electronically only. Please check before submitting.
  3. 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. the shotgun approach, just marks you out as lazy and annoys the editors.
  4. If you wish to submit your work to a magazine, sooner is better, as by deadline most pieces have been selected. Any other work–however great–that doesn’t complement these pieces will likely not be picked up for publication.
  5. If you’d like to write for a member magazine not listed here, feel free to reach out to the contact on the member’s listing. You never know!

Note: for information on industry and professional awards and deadlines, please visit our Awards resources page.

Deadlines – Arts & Literary Magazines

See under the submissions page for details on what each magazine accepts.

The Malahat Review
Aug. 1, 2021: Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize
Nov. 1, 2021: Open Season Awards (poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction – not yet open)
Feb. 1, 2022: Novella Prize (not yet open)

Nov. 26, 2021: Vancouver Island University (VIU) students only

Preview: Guide to Galleries + Museums
Listings only, e.g. art or museum shows and openings.
Aug. 6, 2021 for Sept-Oct 2021 issue
Oct. 7, 2021 for Nov 2021-Jan 2022 issue
See here for more deadlines.

PULP Literature
June 15, 2021: Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize
Oct. 15, 2021: Raven Short Story Contest
Feb. 15: Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest
Apr. 15: Magpie Award for Poetry
Fiction in any genre. Entries limited in each category.

ROOM magazine
June 6, 2021: Creative Non-Fiction
Aug. 15, 2021: Poetry (opens June 15)
Nov. 15, 2021: Short Forms (opens Sept. 1)
Jan. 15, 2022: Cover Art (opens Nov. 15)
Mar. 15, 2022: Fiction (opens Jan. 15)
Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by folks of marginalized genders, including but not limited to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. (Trans definitions here.)

Seasonal submission periods.
Open for Summer/Fall (#89) submissions, theme: Neighbours
Deadline June 5, 2021: 19th Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction)
Open for submissions July 1, 2021: Winter (#90): general issue.

WordWorks Federation of BC Writers.
Contact editor first before submitting.
June 15, 2021 for Vol. III (Sept.), theme: Marketing & Promotion
Oct. 15, 2021 for Vol. I (Jan), theme TBA
Feb. 15, 2022 for Vol. II (May), theme TBA
Can also submit on non-theme topic.

Deadlines – Other Magazines

Saving Earth Magazine
Writer guidelinesDeadlines
June 30, 2021 for Fall 2021 issue (#6)
Sept. 30, 2021 for Winter 2021 issue (#7)

the Verdict
Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
June 16, 2021 for issue 170
Sept. 15, 2021 for issue 171

Continual Submissions – Arts & Literary Magazines

See under the submissions page for details on what each magazine accepts.

The Capilano Review

Dance International
Editorial is geared towards dance professionals.

EVENT magazine
Reviews only for now. Likely reopening for fiction fall 2021, poetry winter 2021.


The Malahat Review

The Pacific Rim Review of Books
Manuscripts and letters only.

PRISM magazine
Self-identifying Indigenous writers can submit for free.
Low-income writers may contact PRISM to request that a contest fee be waived. See Submittable for more information on what’s being accepted.

PULP Literature
Poetry, comics and artwork only.

No financial remuneration. Asian contributors of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

ROOM Magazine
Submissions by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people.

IBPOC creators in Canada only. Interviews, essays, fiction, non-fiction, reviews, poetry, original art, illustrations, video, music, performance and more. Can also pitch an idea.

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 the requirements on the magazine’s website before contacting the editor.

Asparagus Magazine
On ecology and related issues.

BAZOOF! Magazine
Submissions are welcome from youth (ages 7-14) or their parents/caregivers. Stories from adults “youth of any age” not currently being accepted.

British Columbia History
Note also the Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award (may not still be awarded) and 2 W. Kaye Lamb Awards for the Best Student works scholarships (deadline March 31 of each year) are given out every year for works on historical topics.

Canadian Aviator
Including videos, aerial photos.

Culturally Modified
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.

Here magazine
For and by new immigrants to Canada. Need to join the online community.

Island Parent
Send pitches to Sue Fast,

Link magazine
BCIT students only: writers, photographers, graphic designers, and bloggers.
Theme calendar:
September: BCIT Culture & Student Life
October: Mental Health & Wellness
November: Physical Health & Sports
January: Technology
February: Sex & Romance
March: Food & Nutrition
April: Environmental & Activism
Summer: Open Theme

Loose Lips
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

Vancouver Magazine/Western Living
Send pitches to

Watershed Sentinel
Environmental news from BC and beyond. Writers guidelines.