Saturday, June 4, 2011

Room Magazine contest for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Poetry

Calling all woman writers: sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than July 15, 2011.

Entry Fee: $30 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Non-Canadian entries: $42 Canadian dollars.

Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2012 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Rules & Details:
Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: max. 3,500 words
More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry.
There will be blind judging, so please don't put your name or address on your entry submission.

Full contest details here.

Regualar submissions:
Room magazine publishes original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, and art. We take pride in publishing arresting, evocative, and accomplished literary experiences by women in these genres.
Room is committed to discovering new talents and we take this responsibility seriously, so if we are the first step on your journey to creating a portfolio with professional credentials, fear not, we're honoured and still interested. If you're further down this road, don't forget to mention your credits in your cover letter.

Fiction/Creative Non-fiction: Please submit 12-pt typed, double-spaced, single-sided pages of unpublished prose of no more than 3500 words. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Poetry: Please submit a maximum of five poems at a time. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Photos/Art submissions: Direct us to your work online or send a low-resolution digital file (JPG or PDF, 1 MB max size) to Since our issues differ in theme, tone, and content, we will keep you on file for upcoming issues.

We receive over 600 submissions per year and publish approximately 25 pieces in each quarterly issue. {i.e., they publish one out of sux submissions - that's an excellent ratio! - Brian}

Mail your work to:
PO Box 46160 Station D
Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5

We are currently accepting submissions by e-mail on a trial basis. Please Attach your submission in Microsoft Word, rich text file (RTF), or text (TXT) format, maximum 500 KB file size. The subject line of your e-mail must adhere to this format: Room / Genre / Submission / Your Name. For example, Room Poetry Submission Jane Smith)

Send your submission to: Fiction:
Creative Non-fiction:

We pay $50 CDN for 1 - 5 published pages, $75 for 6+ pages and $100 for cover art. Contributors also receive two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a year's subscription to Room. We purchase First North American Serial Rights only (the work may not have appeared in print in North America prior to publication in Room), and copyright always remains with the author. We may also ask you for non-exclusive electronic rights to publish a portion of your work on our website, but these will be negotiated separately.

Full submission guidelines here. Home here.
See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Orangeville, Barrie, Woodstock, London, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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