Tuesday, April 17, 2018

50 Canadian Literary Magazines That Pay Writers

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Updated 5/2/22

I have a special fondness for Canadian literary magazines. They usually pay their writers, don't ask for "perpetual rights," and for the most part do not charge submission fees. In addition, Canada has a deep respect for literature and literacy. It is an honor to be published in one of their literary journals.

All of these magazines are paying markets. The majority accept non-Canadian writers. English is the preferred language, but sometimes French is accepted as well. I have indicated which magazines have submission periods, but not when they are unless the guidelines are explicit. (Read their guidelines carefully.) A few (not many) charge a small fee to submit online, but offer snail mail submissions, for which there is never a charge.

Note: You can find hundreds more paying markets on this page: Paying Markets.

Journal Guidelines Payment Notes
The Puritan https://puritan-magazine.submittable
$100 per interview,
$100 per essay,
$100 per review,
$75 per work of fiction, and
$20 per poem (or page, capped at $80 for poems running four
pages or more).
Publishes fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. All submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format)
Queen's Quarterly https://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/submissions-correspondence Negotiated Articles, essays, and reviews should not exceed 2500 words
Agnes and True http://agnesandtrue.com/
$75.00 (CAD) per short story  Prefers Canadians, but anyone with "Canadian sensibilities" will be considered

Submission periods
Antigonish Review http://www.antigonishreview.com
Poetry $5.00 per page to
a maximum of $25.00
plus two copies

Fiction $50.00 plus two c
opies (one digital and one print)

Articles/Essays $50.00
plus two copies (one digital and one print)

Book Reviews $50.00
plus two copies (one digital and one print)

Cover Art $100.00
plus two copies (one digital and one print)
No simultaneous submissions
The Malahat Review http://www.malahatreview.ca/
$60 CAD per published page

Accepts poetry, fiction, reviews, CNF, translations, art
No simultaneous submissions
Our Times https://ourtimes.ca/write-for-us $50 Poems that reflect the themes of workers' lives, rights, insights, and social justice.

Canadians only.
The Sprawl Mag https://www.thesprawlmag.ca/guidelines

Speculative poetry, short fiction, and visual art. "Whether it is utopic, dystopic, magical, or sci-fi, we look forward to seeing your work."

See submission periods
Arc Poetry http://arcpoetry.ca/submit/ $50 per page

Poetry, reviews of poetry, articles
about poetry

See submission periods
Augur http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/ For reprints: $10 per flash and
$20 per short story

For previously unpublished fiction/poetry rates are: $25 for flash, $20 for poetry, and $0.02/word for fiction.
See  submission periods
Canthius http://www.canthius.com/submissions/ $15 per poem and $50 per work of prose (fiction and CNF) Accepts poetry and prose from a diversity of established and emerging women and genderqueer writers.

Submission periods
CAROUSEL https://carousel.submittable.com/submit Fiction: 1-4 pgs: $55 / 5+ pgs: $100; Poetry: $20 per work (paid in CDN currency) Fee to submit online.

No fee for snail mail.

Submission periods
carte blanche http://carte-blanche.org/submissions/ Modest honorarium Accepts poetry, fiction, CNF, translation, photography, comics

Submission periods
Shrapnel https://www.shrapnelmagazine.com/submit All fiction, CNF, and essay publications are paid $25; original artwork for stories and comics are paid $20; and poetry, book reviews, interviews, and columns are paid $15 Canadian writers only

Submission periods
Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing  http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/
Poetry: $30 per poem,
Interviews: $50-$100,
Articles: $50-$100,
Essays: $40-$150,
Reviews: $50-$80
Accepts submissions from Sept. 1 through May 31.
Existere https://existere.info.yorku.ca/submissions/ Small honorarium Accepts all genres of poetry, short plays, short stories, postcard/flash fiction, art and literature reviews, critical essays, interviews, sketches, photos, etc.
Feathertale https://feathertale.com/submissions/ Only contributors that are
published in print journal will
receive payment
Publishes humorous poetry, short fiction, cartoons and sketches

Submission periods
The Fiddlehead   https://thefiddlehead.submittable.com
$60 CAD per published page Accepts fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Different submission periods for different forms.

filling Station $25 honorarium Accepts poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, critical non-fiction (about literature and occasionally about visual art), and visual art.
Freefall https://freefall.submittable.com/submit $10.00 per page in the magazine, to a maximum of $100.00

$25.00 per poem

$10 for artwork
Non-contest submissions are closed from September 1st to December 31st.

Accepts fiction, poetry, CNF, art, book reviews.

Canadians only
Grain http://www.grainmagazine.ca/
$50 per page to a maximum of $250 Submission periods

Accepts poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction
HA&L https://halmagazine.wordpress.com
Small honorarium Publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, long form essays, reviews, portfolios, video, film, and sound.
The New Quarterly https://tnq.ca/submit/ $250 for fiction and nonfiction, $40 for poetry Accepts fiction, nonfiction,  poetry

Snail mail only

Canadians only
On Spec https://onspecmag.wordpress.com
Poems (4-100 lines): $50 plus
Short-short stories (under 1000 words): $50

Fiction (6000 words max.)

1000-2999 words: $125
3000-4999 words: $175
5000-6000 words: $200 
Accepts speculative fiction, poetry

Submission periods
Plenitude Magazine http://plenitudemagazine.ca/submit/
$100 per prose contribution (including book reviews and articles) and $50 per poem. Seeking LGBTQ literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, and novel excerpts 

Rolling submissions for Canadians, all others have deadlines
Prairie Fire https://www.prairiefire.ca/submissions/ 10 cents/word up to $250, online max is $75

$40 per poem

Art rate varies
Accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art

Snail mail only
Pulp Literature http://pulpliterature.com/submissions
$0.035 – $0.07 per word for short stories (to 7000 words), $0.025 – $0.05 per word between 7000 and 10000 words, and $0.015 – $0.035 per word for works over 10000 words.

Poetry and interior illustrations pay between $25 – $50. Sequential art (graphic novels and cartoons) and illustrations are at a rate of $25 to $75 per page
Short stories, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations

Submission periods

Accepts some reprints at half rate
Room http://roommagazine.com/submit $50 for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people
subTerrain http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines Poetry: $50 per poem
Prose: $.10 per word (to a maximum of $500.)
Fee to submit online, no fee for snail mail
The Temz Review https://www.thetemzreview.com/submissions.html $20 Fiction, poetry, and reviews

Submission periods
Vallum https://vallummag.com/submit/Payment not specified Poetry, essays, reviews

Charges for online submissions

Submission periods
Subterranean Blue http://www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com/
$10 Poetry

"We are especially looking for homegrown Poets from the Canadian/American Indian Community, Quebec, small town Canada, International Poets and anyone who was ever considered "the other”.

Optional reading fee
Geist http://www.geist.com/writers/submit $100 - $1200 Canadian connection required

Accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art

Submission periods
Polar Borealis http://polarborealis.ca/submission-guidelines/ 1 cent per word. $10 for one thousand words or less. $20 for two thousand words or less (but reasonably above one thousand). $30 for three thousand words or less (but reasonably above two thousand) Canadians only

Speculative fiction and poetry

Reading periods
Canadian Literature http://canlit.ca/submissions/submission-guidelines/ Small honorarium Poetry, reviews, articles

Canadians only
Funicular https://funicularmagazine.
Short story: $10/printed page (up to a maximum of $100)
Flash: $25 per piece
Poetry: $25 per piece

Pays for print publication only
Reading periods

Does not pay for online publication only
Asparagus https://medium.com/asparagus-magazine/submission-guidelines-3e0eb7a4b5d7 C$0.25/word Non-fiction and humor only (no fiction)
Raconteur http://raconteurmag.com/submissions/ $10 for prose, $5 for art Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
ongoing https://www.ongoing.space/submit $30 (CAD) Prose in any genre up to 1000 words based on musical prompt
Riddle Fence http://www.riddlefence.com/submissions $30/page Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, reviews and features
Qwerty https://www.qwertyunb.com/submit $15 (CAD) Poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, art
Hermine https://www.hermineannual.com/submit/ $50 to $200 CAD per story, plus two contributor copies. Short fiction up to 4,000 words

Submission periods
Little Blue Marble https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines/ 11 a word for original works up to 2000 words. "If the CAD/USD exchange rate dips below that which would match SFWA's 8¢/word pro rate, we will amend contracts to offer USD 8¢/word at time of payment. We offer $0.01 a word for reprints." We publish speculative fiction that examines humanity's possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. Nonfiction articles and essays on climate change, and profiles of people on the front lines of climate work in the 1000-2000 word range.
Class Collective https://www.classcollectivemag.com/submissions CA$10 for poetry, and CA$20 for fiction, essays, and commentary We’re proud to publish writing that has a class based perspective on politics and culture. However, we encourage writers to interpret this prompt as creatively as they’d like—the sky’s the limit! We have multiple categories, including poetry, short fiction, essays, and commentary.
Hexagon https://hexagonmagazine.ca/submit/ $5 for accepted poetry and cartoons, $10 for flash fiction, $15 for works between 1,001-4,999 words, $20 for accepted written works over 5,000 words, $30 for Graphic Stories and $110 for cover art pieces. CAD Speculative fiction
Bleed Error https://paradoxghostpress.com/submission-guidelines/ 1c per word, and $15 per poem (Canadian dollars.) Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. "We love the uncanny."

Submission periods
Mystery Magazine  https://mysterymagazine.ca/submit 2¢/word USD for accepted stories "The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries"
Quagmire https://www.quagmiremagazine.com/submissions $50 Absurd situations, surreal settings, experimental plots, characters, and ideas. "We want whacky, weird, and everything in between."
Funemployment Quarterly https://funemployment.xyz/submissions/ $20 CAD Science-fiction/fantasy on themes

See deadlines
Absynthe https://www.absynthe.ca/submit $75 per piece. Any visual artists that get published will be compensated $50 per piece. All genres from poetry, prose, to creative nonfiction, and anything in between
Heartlines Spec https://www.heartlines-spec.com/submission-guidelines/ $0.08 CAD per word for short fiction and $80 CAD flat for poetry Sci-fi/fantasy short fiction and poetry focused on long-term relationships: platonic, romantic, or familial

Primarily looking for writers identifying as being from Canada/Turtle Island. This includes expats, new immigrants, and people who refuse/resist Canadian Identity.
The Polyglot https://www.thepolyglotmagazine.com/submit $100 CAD Multilingual art, poems, essays, stories, artworks, and translations

Has submission periods
Toronto Journal  https://torontojournal.com/submit/ $50 CAD Short stories from anywhere in the world. We will also consider non-fiction pieces about local history (Toronto, GTA, and surrounding).

Print and audio

No word limit
This Magazine https://this.org/contribute/ $50 - $125 Fiction, poetry and nonfiction (not always open to fiction and poetry)

Canadians only
Over/Exposed https://overexposedlit.uvic.ca/submission-guidelines/ $15 CAD Flash, short fiction, and non-fiction personal essays/memoir, poetry, reviews, experimental, art. "we are focused on the publication of works that are vulnerable, experimental, a little bit weird and sexy."

Accepts international submissions, but prioritizes grad students

Has submission periods
oteh nîkân https://otehnikan.ca/about-us/submission-guidelines-payment/ $200 - $300 CAD Publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous writer
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