Monday, May 31, 2021

Contests and paying markets for your essays, short stories, reviews, and poetry

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The Puritan is an online literary magazine based in Toronto. It seeks short fiction, interviews and other, nonfiction, and poetry.

Pays: $200 per essay; $150 per work of fiction; $100 per review or interview; and $15 per poem or page, caped t $89 for poems running 4 pages or more. 

Always open for submissions. Deadline for the fall issue: June 25, 2021. Guidelines here.


Understorey Magazine Seeks poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, spoken word, and visual art about Rural and Remote Living. Open to Canadian women and non-binary writers only. Men not welcome. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts. Pays: $50 - $100.  

Pays: $50 - $100. 

DeadlineJune 21, 2021. Guidelines here.


The Muskoka Novel Marathon Celebrates 20 Year Milestone

Convener KM Wehrstein is thrilled to see the Muskoka Novel Marathon reaching an impressive milestone. "Who'd have thought we'd be around 20 years later? There is such an incredible energy about this event – it draws out the best of writers, donors, sponsors, staff – everybody! Inspiration and love are its fuel."

The literary marathon is continuing with an online platform for its 20th Anniversary, inviting writers to indulge in 72 hours of wordsmithing and fundraising for literacy programs provided by the YMCA offices throughout Muskoka.

The online delivery creates an opportunity for writers to come together to celebrate literacy while breaking the challenges of location and travel, enabling them to participate from - quite literally – anywhere in the world.

Writer Liaison, Shellie Westlake is always happy to answer 'Why should I sign up?' for any writer curious about MNM: "Even online you're getting to experience our event– the magic of the marathon is found in the creative energy, the support and comradery of our writers. Amazing things happen when you connect with people who share our passion."

New this year is the addition of lectures and panels from several MNM alumna on topics such as: 'How to Win a Muskoka Novel Marathon', 'Write What You Know' and 'How to Do Professional Quality World-Building', among many others. Events will be delivered weekly.


Krystyne Taylor-Smith is the driving force behind-the-scenes, ensuring all the moving parts of the online delivery behave themselves. "Last year was a challenge to take the marathon online but the results were amazing."

Building on the infrastructure developed last year, she has enabled the Muskoka Novel Marathon to branch out with extra events in the calendar with the help of the volunteer staff and writers. She was overwhelmed at the support, "We've drawn on a lot of seasoned MNMers to share their expertise and they were all too willing to give back to the event."

For those unfamiliar with what the marathon is all about: each writer will be attempting to complete a manuscript—a novel, screenplay, collection of short stories or poetry - whatever they're inspired to write - for a chance to have it reviewed by a publisher or an agent. There will also be social programming, meal-time gatherings and fun activities so the writers can engage with one another and share the experience, must like they would at an in-person event.

Since starting its fundraising efforts years ago, the Muskoka Novel Marathon has raised more than $225,000 to help fund classes for reading, writing, numeracy, computer literacy and English as a Second Language, ensuring they can be offered to people in the community free of charge.

The Muskoka Novel Marathon: Quarantine Edition II is happening July 16-19. Registration is open!

To register and to check out our new programming (starting in May), visit:


Hi Brian.

Wondering if you can post this in your newsletter. Thanks so much.


Seeking short fiction and nonfiction, photography and artwork   

Partnering with The Halton Chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, {CARP}, I have received New Horizons funding to put together a community book project.
Submission Details:
Anyone 55 and over living in Halton or Hamilton can submit.
As this is a community project, please no inappropriate content or language.

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Theme: “In these dark times, it's those small acts of kindness that keep us alive, after all. They remind us of our humanity" - R.J. Palacio

It's been a tough year, a year like no other, but in all the difficulties and restrictions, the loneliness and the frustrations there have been acts of kindness and moments of light that helped eased the hardships.

In this anthology we want to focus on the positives that came out of a difficult year; insights realized, kindness given or received, things you did to maintain inner peace and hope.
Poetry ; Submit 1, 2 or 3 short poems or one long one.

Fiction or Nonfiction work: Limit one piece, max 12,00 words. Must be 12 size Times New Roman font, 1.5 spacing.

Photography/Art Work: Submit 1, 2 or 3 pieces

If your piece is accepted, you will be need to sign a release form allowing me to publish your submission. You are granting one-time rights to your work. The rights to your work belong to you. You will receive one complimentary copy of the book.

Any questions please feel free to email me.



Quick Brown Fox Quick Brown Fox welcomes your book reviews and your short stories, poems, and essays about reading, writing, favourite books, and libraries. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down).

Quick Brown Fox also welcomes reviews of any kind and of anything, anywhere or anybody. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. See examples of book reviews here (and scroll down); other reviews here  (and scroll down).

Submit to:

Include a short bio at the end of your piece and attach a photo of yourself if you have one that’s okay.


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