I’m going to endeavour to highlight literary magazines on a monthly basis. I got into reading them a year or so ago, and, soon after, started trying to get short stories published. I haven’t had the best luck with it yet, but it doesn’t take my love of them away. They’re great magazines, and I hope that some of my stories will find a home in them one day.
For this first month of doing this, I thought I would highlight five Canadian literary magazines. The reason for this is simple. It’s the year of Canada 150, and July is the month of the official birthday of the country. It’s a month for celebrating Canada, I think.
- subTerrain (http://subterrain.ca)
- Prism international (http://prismmagazine.ca/)
- The New Quarterly (https://tnq.ca/)
- The Fiddlehead (https://thefiddlehead.ca/)
- Prairie Fire (http://www.prairiefire.ca/)
subTerrain is an artsy magazine run out of Vancouver. They have three issues per year. The specifics of each issue are detailed on their website under the “Writer’s Guidelines” page. Deadline for submission for the Winter 2017: GENERAL ISSUE is September 1, 2017. Having read a few copies of this magazine, the pieces within are very entertaining and well written. I have not been disappointed. Consider checking them out! Super neat fun fact is that my first copy of this magazine was in colouring book form! Super cool. And it got me into colouring again.
Prism international is another Canadian literary magazine run out of Vancouver. I, personally, really enjoy the stories and the poems within the magazine. I look forward to reading more copies. They have a great website with writing prompts, contests, links and more. They print four issues per year. Check them out and consider submitting to them.
The New Quarterly is run out of Waterloo, Ontario, for over 30 years. I hope to one day be published by this magazine. The fiction stories they publish are out of this world for me. I love all of these magazines, but something about being published in The New Quarterly would make me feel like I’ve arrived. It’s that magazine for me. Truthfully, all of these magazines would have that effect on me. It’s just something about TNQ that stands out. I’m sure everyone has one magazine that speaks to them like that.
The Fiddlehead is run out of the University of New Brunswick and has been in print since 1945. They print four issues per year, one for each season. They welcome submissions from all over the world, and love to receive unsolicited submissions in poetry and fiction. I’ve read a few editions, and quite like the types of stories they include. Check them out and order a few back issues to see if it’s the type of magazine your work would fit in. I enjoy the layout to this magazine as it feels like reading a short collection of stories in book form.
Prairie Fire is run out of Manitoba and has been operating for over 38 years. The website describes that, “In a typical issue you will find a wide range of writing, including excerpts from a work-in-progress, a thoughtful essay or memoir, literary humour, lots of poetry and fiction, and sometimes something more experimental.” — If you haven’t read a copy of this magazine yet, let now be the first time.
What Canadian literary magazines do you like to read? Comment below with the titles, and I’ll add them to one of my monthly lists. AND I’ll check out some of their issues.