Shop MagsBC
Close this search box.

Upcoming Magazine Submissions, Contests and Other Deadlines

Last updated: Nov. 9, 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 resource page.

Deadlines – Arts & Literary Magazines

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

Nov. 30, 2021: Poetry (capped at 150 submissions)

The Malahat Review
Feb. 1, 2022: Novella Prize (not yet open)

Nov. 26, 2021: Submissions for next issue – Vancouver Island University (VIU) students only
Nov. 26, 2021: Portent Contest (this year: Best Script) – Canadian writers

Preview: Guide to Galleries + Museums
Listings only, e.g. art or museum shows and openings.
Jan. 7, 2022 for Feb-Mar 2022 issue
Mar. 8, 2022 for Apr-May 2022 issue
See here for more deadlines.

PRISM international
Nov. 22, 2021: MYTH Poetry & Prose (guidelines under Submittable)
Dec. 20, 2021: Jacob Zilber Prizes for Short Fiction (guidelines under Submittable):

  • Black Entry
  • Indigenous Entry
  • Canadian Entry
  • US Entry
  • International Entry
  • Additional Entry

PULP Literature
Feb. 15, 2022: Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest (opens Jan. 1)
Apr. 15, 2022: Magpie Award for Poetry (opens Mar. 1)
June 15, 2022: Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize (opens May 1) Fiction in any genre. Entries limited in each category.
Oct. 15, 2022: Raven Short Story Contest

ROOM magazine
Nov. 15, 2021: Short Forms
Jan. 15, 2022: Cover Art (opens Nov. 15)
Mar. 15, 2022: Fiction (opens Jan. 15)
June 15, 2022: Creative Non-Fiction (opens Apr. 1)
Aug. 31, 2021: Poetry (opens June 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 Winter (#90) submissions, general issue

Federation of BC Writers.
Contact editor first before submitting.
Oct. 15, 2021 for Vol. I (Jan), theme: Beginnings
Feb. 15, 2022 for Vol. II (May), theme TBA
Can submit a pitch, article, poem or piece of fiction. Can also submit on non-theme topic.

Deadlines – Other Magazines

Saving Earth Magazine
Writer guidelinesDeadlines
Dec. 31, 2021 for Spring 2021 (issue #7)

the Verdict
Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
Dec. 1, 2021 for issue 172
Mar. 16, 2022 for issue 173
June 15, 2022 for issue 174

Continual Submissions – Arts & Literary Magazines

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

The Capilano Review
Not currently receiving submissions. Sign up to their newsletter to receive notice of when they’re open for submissions.

Dance International
Editorial is geared towards dance professionals.

EVENT magazine
Reviews only for now, plus via the above contest. Visit Submissions page for updates.


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 and submission page for more information on what’s being accepted and who to contact.

PULP Literature
Poetry, graphic/comic stories and cover artwork only. Currently also accepting short fiction.

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

ROOM Magazine
Art, fiction and poetry 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.

British Columbia History
Note also the Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award 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.

Dementia Connections
Editorial guidelines (pdf).
Not sure whether accepting submissions; please contact the publisher if you’re interested.

Digits & Threads
A member-supported online magazine for Canadian fibre and textile arts, crafts and industry, for enthusiasts in Canada and around the world.

FOLKLIFE A semi-annual lifestyle print magazine that focuses exclusively on perspectives of life on the Gulf Islands on the west coast of Canada.

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 & Business
  • 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
Not sure about VanMag process; check masthead and contact editor if interested.
Send WL pitches to

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