Saturday, May 22, 2010

Room magazine - Call for submissions and Contest

Room magazine publishes short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, and art. Though we publish stories by women, we are not soliciting stories with an agenda.  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.

Room's 2010 December issue will examine Women and Spirituality. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines "spiritual" as "...relating to the human spirit or soul; not of physical things." How do you define it? We're looking for writing that transcends the material realm and explores what lies beneath, beyond, and above. Send us your best original, unpublished fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. We are also looking for suitable artwork and illustrations. Submit to the attention of Clélie Rich by June 30, 2010

Fiction/Creative Non-fiction: Please submit 12-pt typed, double-spaced, single-sided pages of unpublished prose of no more than 3500 words.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:


Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2010.
Entry Fee: $27 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Payment by cheque or money order made out to Room.  Non-Canadian entries: $39 Canadian dollars

Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2011 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may also be published.

Send entries to:
Room Contest 2010
P.O. Box 46160, Station D
Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5

Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines.  Fiction: max. 3,500 words

There will be blind judging, therefore, do not put your name or address on entry submission, but enclose a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and title(s) of entry. Entries must be typed on 8.5 X 11 white paper. Prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

Complete contest rules here:

Note: For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. Details here.

For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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