Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Fiddlehead literary journal

The Fiddlehead
Campus House, 11 Garland Court
UNB PO Box 4400
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3

Canada's longest living literary journal, The Fiddlehead is published four times a year at the University of New Brunswick, with the generous assistance of the University of New Brunswick, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of New Brunswick.

First published in 1945, The Fiddlehead is known as a WHO'S WHO in Can. Lit. Many - now well-known - writers have found their first home in our pages, and they, as well as some of our editors and assistants, go on to win awards and prizes across the country.

Do not look at this journal as old! It is experienced; wise enough to recognize excellence; always looking for freshness and surprise.

We publish short stories, poems, book reviews, and a small number of personal essays.
Our full-colour covers have become collectors items, and feature the work of New Brunswick artists.

The Fiddlehead sponsors an annual writing contest and awards two prizes of $1,000 each.


The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. Work is read on an ongoing basis; acceptance is around 2% (we are, however, famous for our rejection notes).

Our editors are always happy to see new work. Responses can take from 1 to 6 months. Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

Requirements for submissions are pretty much the same as those for other journals:

· Typed, double-spaced, spell-checked, and not over 4,000 words for fiction.
· Pay is approximately $30 per published page, plus a complimentary copy of the journal.
· The Fiddlehead buys first serials rights only; copyright remains with the author.
· Submit by mail only; fax or email submissions are not accepted; please do not send diskettes.


Poetry: $1,000 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem
$500 each for the Two Honourable Mentions

Fiction: $1,000 for Best Story
$500 each for the Two Honourable Mentions

The winning entries will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 243) and on our web site. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes.

Deadline: Postmarked by December 1, 2009

Length: Short fiction up to 25 double-spaced pages. Poetry up to 3 poems with no more than 100 lines per poem. Poetry may be single-spaced.

All entrants receive a copy of The Fiddlehead's spring issue which includes the winning entries. Winners will also be posted on the Fiddlehead website.

Entry Fee: $30 (CAD) for an entry from Canada and $36 (USD) for an entry from the U.S. or overseas. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead.

Note: For information about Brian Henry’s upcoming writing workshops and courses see here.

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