Last updated: Feb. 28, 2023 by Alice Watkin. 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:
- 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.
- Most magazines receive submissions electronically only. Please check before submitting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- May. 1, 2023: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
- Aug. 1, 2023: Constance Rook Creative Non-Fiction Prize (opens May)
- Nov. 1, 2023: Open Seasons Award (opens Aug)
- Annual submission call every fall to Vancouver Island University students (deadline Nov. 24, 2023).
- The Portent Contest for Canadian writers (deadline: Oct. 15, 2023).
Preview: Guide to Galleries + Museums
Listings only, e.g. art or museum shows and openings.
- Mar 9, 2023: Apr-May issue
- May 9, 2023: Jun-Jul-Aug issue
- Aug 9, 2023: Sept-Oct issue
- Oct 10, 2023: Nov-Dec-Jan issue
See here for more deadlines.
See submittable page for guidelines on submissions.
- Apr 16, 2023: Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V Short Forms
- Jan 1, 2024: Poetry regular submissions
- Jan 1, 2024: Black & white illustrations (up to 5)
- Oct 15, 2023: Raven Short Story Contest (opens Sept. 1)
- Feb 15, 2024: The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest (opens Jan. 1, 2024)
- Apr 15: Fiction Contest
- Creative Non-Fiction (opens May 2023)
- Poetry (opens July 2023)
- Short Forms (opens Oct 2023)
- Cover Art (opens Nov 2023)
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.
- May 15: Summer/Fall issue
- Sept 15: Winter issue
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.
Deadlines – Other Magazines
Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
- March 15, 2023: Issue 177
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.
Stories on contemporary and classical dance from Canada and around the world.
Reviews, poetry submissions, annual Non-Fiction Contest.
Currently not accepting submissions.
The Malahat Review
Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction.
the Pacific Rim Review of Books
Manuscripts and letters only.
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.
Poetry, graphic/comic stories and cover artwork only. See here for currently open contests.
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.
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.
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.
WordWorks Federation of BC Writers.
Contact editor first before submitting.
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.
On ecology, a sustainable lifestyle and related issues.
General submissions are welcome from youth (ages 7-12) or their parents/caregivers.
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)
Anicka Quin, Editorial Director, Tel: 604-473-0389, email@example.com
Cathy Mullaly, Creative Director, Tel: 604-473-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Including videos and aerial photos.
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.
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.
For and by new immigrants to Canada. Need to join the online community.
Send pitches to Sue Fast, email@example.com
BCIT students only: writers, photographers, graphic designers, bloggers. Theme calendar:
- January: Technology & Innovation
- February: Sex & Romance
- March: Student Election Special
- April: Comedy
- Summer: Open Theme
- September: BCIT Community & Student Life
- October: Mental Health & Wellness
- November: Heritage and Community
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.
Thimbleberry Magazine accepts short fiction, creative non-fiction, cultural commentary, poetry, literary and art reviews, and photographic portfolios from Northern BC creators.
Environmental news from BC and beyond. Writer’s guidelines.