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Upcoming Magazine Submissions, Contests and Other Deadlines

Last updated: March 17, 2022. 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.

EVENT

  • March 31, 2022: Fiction (maximum 150 total submissions)

The Malahat Review

Portal
Annual submission call every fall, one to Vancouver Island University students, the other the Portent Contest for Canadian writers.

Preview: Guide to Galleries + Museums
Listings only, e.g. art or museum shows and openings.

  • Mar. 8, 2022 for Apr-May 2022 issue
  • May 9, 2022 for June-July-August 2022 issue

See here for more deadlines.

PRISM international

PULP Literature
Submissions:

Contest calendar:

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

ROOM magazine
Contest calendar:

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.)

subTerrain
Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, commentary and solicited photography and illustration.

Welcomes submissions from both emerging and established authors, and happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum, including works by underrepresented writers, including but not limited to writers who are Indigenous, of colour, immigrants, women, LGBTQI+, low-income, no-income, and writers with disabilities.

Seasonal submission periods.

WordWorks
Federation of BC Writers.
Contact editor first before submitting.

  • Apr. 1, 2022 for June 2022 issue, “Writing into the New Future”. Looking specifically for content around:
    • Community and connection
    • Environment
    • Representation
    • Technology
    • Publishing and marketing

Can submit a pitch, article, poem or piece of fiction, or artwork on request. Can also submit on non-theme topic.

Deadlines – Other Magazines

Saving Earth Magazine
Writer guidelinesDeadlines

the Verdict
Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

  • June 15, 2022 for issue 174
  • Sept. 14, 2022 for issue 175

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
Articles, reviews, and insights by and about dance.

EVENT magazine
Reviews only, in addition to the above.

Geist
Pausing submissions as of Feb. 1/22.

The Malahat Review
Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction.

the Pacific Rim Review of Books
Manuscripts and letters only.

PRISM magazine
Encourages submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and marginalized groups, including low-income earners. If submission fees are a barrier, please contact the magazine.
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.

Ricepaper Magazine
Literary and creative writing, features, profiles/interviews, reviews, art, photography. No financial remuneration as volunteer-run. Asian contributors of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

ROOM Magazine
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. Specifically encourages writers with overlapping under-represented identities to submit their work.

Rungh
Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (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, a sustainable lifestyle and related issues.

BAZOOF! Magazine
General submissions are welcome from youth (ages 7-12) or their parents/caregivers. Stories are welcome from youth of any age.

British Columbia History
Note also two W. Kaye Lamb Awards for the Best Student works scholarships (Lamb deadline March 1) are given out every year for works on historical topics.

Canada’s National Observer
Writers, illustrators, photographers, filmmakers. Interested in magazine-style narratives on how people cope, what their real lives are like, injustice, brilliance, human suffering, and the acts of heroism that are redemptive for society, stories that make us think and feel and see the world differently than we did before reading them. 

Canada Wide Media
VanMag (Vancouver Magazine)/WL (Western Living)
Content inquiries:
Anicka Quin, Editorial Director, Tel: 604-473-0389, aquin@canadawide.com
Cathy Mullaly, Creative Director, Tel: 604-473-0342, cmullaly@canadawide.com

Canadian Aviator
Including videos and 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
Writers, photographers, illustrators. 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, editor@islandparent.ca

LINK magazine
BCIT students only: writers, photographers, graphic designers, 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
Encourages pitches and contributions from experienced writers and journalists, especially people of colour, people of all abilities, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

Page One Publishing:
Douglas Magazine – Victoria business / Spruce Magazine – home & design / YAM magazine – lifestyle

Principl(ed)
The journal of the BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association.

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

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