A Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines

Canadian literary magazines publish much of Canada’s best poetry and prose. The writers whose creative work appears in their pages range from established icons of Canadian literary arts — such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Lynn Coady, to name just a few — to new writers published for the first time.

The following list, compiled by the National Media Awards Foundation, is an A-to-Z guide to Canadian literary periodicals and their submissions guidelines. This guide focuses on magazines that currently publish short fiction, poetry and/or creative (aka literary) non-fiction. Many of these magazines also accept submissions for essays, literary criticism, reviews, interviews, graphic narratives and visual art. Some of the works published in these magazines have even won a National Magazine Award!

If you’d like your magazine listed, please email us. There is no charge to be added and we include a wide variety of magazines, journals and publications from across the country in our guide.

Acta Victoriana
Published in:
Ontario (Victoria University, Toronto)
Founded: 1878
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
Submissions Guidelines

Ampersand Review of Writing and Publishing, The
Published in: Ontario (Mississauga)
Founded: 2020
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Reviews
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Arc Poetry Magazine
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 6 (most recently: Cassandra Rachel Myers, Gold Medal, Poetry, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 30
Submission Guidelines

Archetype: A Literary Journal
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2022
Genres: Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Artery, The
Published in: Ontario (Lakehead University)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Plays
Issues per Year: 1-2
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Augur Magazine
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2016
Genres: Fiction, Poetry
Issues per Year: 2
Submissions Guidelines

Blank Spaces
Published in: Ontario (West Grey)
Founded: 2016
Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art, Photo Essays
Issues per Year: 4
Submissions Guidelines

Brick, A Literary Journal
Published in
: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1977
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 6
NMA Nominations: 21
Submission Guidelines

Broken Pencil
Published in: Ontario
Founded: 1995
Genres: Fiction, Reviews, Interviews, Zine Culture
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Award Nominations: 2
Submission Guidelines

Bywords.ca
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 1990
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: Monthly (online)
Submissions Guidelines

Canadian Literature
Published in: British Columbia (Univ. of British Columbia)
Founded: 1959
Genres: Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submissions Guidelines

CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries
Published in: Ontario (Windsor)
Founded: 1968
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 2
NMA Nominations: 8
Submission Guidelines

Canadian Poetry
Published in: Ontario (Univ. of Western Ontario)
Founded: 1977
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: 1
Submission Guidelines

Canthius Journal
Published in
: Canada
Founded: 2015
Genres: Poetry & Prose (from women and genderqueer writers)
Issues per Year: 2
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Capilano Review, The
Published in: British Columbia (Capilano University, Vancouver)
Founded: 1972
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Visual Arts, Interviews
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 3
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Carousel
Published in: Ontario (University of Guelph)
Founded: 1983
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: Online
National Magazine Awards: 1
NMA Nominations: 3
Submission Guidelines

Carte Blanche
Published in
: Quebec (Quebec Writers’ Federation, Montreal)
Founded: 2004
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Cloud Lake Literary
Published in
: Thunder Bay, ON 
Founded: 2020
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Literature, & Visual Art
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines 

Contemporary Verse 2
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Award Nominations: 3
Submission Guidelines

Cosmonauts Avenue
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2014
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews, Essays, Visual Arts, Reviews, Interview
Issues per Year: Monthly (online)
Submission Guidelines

Counterflow
Published in: British Colombia (Nanaimo)
Founded: 2020
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 1
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Dalhousie Review, The
Published in: Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University, Halifax)
Founded: 1921
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
Submission Guidelines

Dreamers Creative Writing
Published in: Ontario (Hepworth)
Founded: 2017
Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Book Reviews
Issues per Year: 3
Submission Guidelines

Event
Published in: British Columbia (Douglas College)
Founded: 1971
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 13
NMA Nominations: 49
Submission Guidelines

Existere
Published in: Ontario (York University, Toronto)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

EXILE Quarterly
Published in
: Ontario
Founded: 1972
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Drama
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 5 (Most recently: Patrick Lane, Gold Medal, Poetry, 2020)
NMA Nominations: 18
Submission Guidelines

Feathertale Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Humour, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry, Cartoons
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 7 (most recently: Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle, Kumé Pather, Elyse Martin and Pete Ryan, Silver Award, Cover Grand Prix, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 19
Submission Guidelines

Fiddlehead, The
Published in: New Brunswick (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton)
Founded: 1945
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 3
NMA Nominations: 22
Submission Guidelines

filling station
Published in: Alberta (Calgary)
Founded: 1993
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Visual Art
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submission Guidelines

Freefall
Published in: Alberta (Lit. Society of Calgary)
Founded: 1990
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
Submissions Guidelines

Funicular Magazine
Published in: Edmonton, AB
Founded: 2018
Genres: Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry
Issues Per Year: 3
Submission Guidelines

Geez
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 2007
Genres: Creative Non-fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Journalism, Photography
Issues per Year: 4
Submission Guidelines

Geist
Published in: British Columbia (The Geist Foundation, Vancouver)
Founded: 1990
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Art
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 8
NMA Nominations: 24
Submission Guidelines

Glass Buffalo
Published in: Alberta (Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submissions Guidelines

Grain
Published in: Saskatchewan (Sask. Writers’ Guild, Saskatoon)
Founded: 1973
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 4
NMA Nominations: 31
Submission Guidelines

Gravitas Poetry
Published in
: Ontario (Ottawa region)
Founded: 2018
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: 3
Submission Guidelines

GUTS: Canadian Feminist Magazine
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essays, New Media
Issues per Year: Biannual, plus regular online content
Submission Guidelines

Hamilton Arts & Letters
Published in: Ontario (Hamilton)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Visual Art, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Long-Form Essays, Reviews
Issues per Year: 1
Submission Guidelines

Hazlitt
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: Online
National Magazine Awards: 19 (most recently: Winnie Truong, Gold Medal, Illustration, 2021 & Ivan Coyote, Silver Medal, One of a Kind Storytelling, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 66
Submission Guidelines

Hermine
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2020
Genres: Fiction
Issues per Year: 1
Submission Guidelines

Humber Literary Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2014
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays, Art
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: 2
Submission Guidelines

Inuit Art Quarterly
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1986
Genres: Essays, Reviews, Interviews, Visual Art
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 3 (most recently: Gold, Best Magazine: Art, Literary & Culture, 2021 and Magazine Grand Prix, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 13
Submission Guidelines

In/Words (On hiatus)
Published in: Ontario (Carleton University, Ottawa)
Founded: 2001
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Art
Issues per Year: 2-3
Submission Guidelines

Juniper – A Poetry Journal
Published in:
 Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2017
Genres: Poetry 
Issues per Year: 3 (online)
Submissions Guidelines

Literary Review of Canada, The
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1991
Genres: Poetry, Essays, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 10
National Magazine Awards: 1 (most recently: David Parkins, Gold Medal, Cover Grand Prix, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 11
Submission Guidelines

Maisonneuve
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2003
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Journalism, Visual Art
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 44 (most recently: Stephanie Bai, Gold Medal, Best Emerging Writer, 2021 and Emma Gilchrist, Gold Medal, Personal Journalism, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 171
Submission Guidelines

Malahat Review, The
Published in: British Columbia (University of Victoria)
Founded: 1967
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 32 (most recently: Erin Soros, Gold, One of a Kind Storytelling, 2021 and Joshua Whitehead, Gold, Personal Journalism, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 97
Submission Guidelines

Maple Tree Literary Supplement
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Film, Visual Arts, Literary photography, Author interviews
Issues Per Year: 3
Submission Guidelines

Maynard, The
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: Online
Submissions Guidelines

Minola Review
Published in: Online-only
Founded: 2016
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction
Issues per Year: 4
Submissions Guidelines

Montreal Review, The
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2009
Genres: Non-Fiction, Book Review
Issues per Year: 3
Submissions Guidelines

Mystery Weekly
Published in: Ontario (Ancaster)
Founded: 2015
Genres: Fiction (crime + mystery)
Issues per Year: 12
Submission Guidelines

Nashwaak Review, The
Published in: New Brunswick (St. Thomas University, Fredericton)
Founded: 1994
Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction, Travel Pieces, Essays, Articles, Reviews
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

New Quarterly, The
Published in: Ontario (St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo)
Founded: 1981
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 22 (most recently: Chyana Marie Sage, Silver Medal, Personal Journalism, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 70
Submission Guidelines

NōD
Published In: Alberta (U. of Calgary)
Founded: 2014
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Northern Appeal, The
Published In: Ontario (Simcoe County and Muskoka)
Founded: 2016
Genres: Poetry, Short Stories, Photography, and Visual Art
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

NUNUM
Published in: Grand Barachois, New Brunswick
Founded: 2018
Genres: Flash Fiction
Issues per Year: 4 + annual anthology
Submission Guidelines 

On Spec
Published in: Alberta (Edmonton)
Founded: 1989
Genres: Fiction, Poetry,
Issues per Year: 4
Submission Guidelines

Open Minds Quarterly
Published in: Ontario (Sudbury)
Founded: 1998
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Reviews, Personal Essays (on the subject of mental health recovery)
Issues per Year: 4
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Parentheses
Published in: Ontario
Founded: 2017
Genres: Art, Poetry, Prose
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Petal Journal (On hiatus)
Published in: Ontario (Toronto); an online journal of female perspectives
Founded: 2015
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: Online
Submission Guidelines (on hiatus)

Plenitude
Published in: Canada (Online)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: Online (year-round)
Submissions Guidelines

Polyglot, The
Published in: Alberta (Edmonton)
Founded: 2016
Genres: Poetry & Visual Art
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Portal Magazine
Published in: British-Columbia (Vancouver Island University)
Founded: 1991
Genres: Short Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 1
Submission Guidelines

Prairie Fire
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 18 (most recently: Catherine Hunter, Gold Medal, Fiction, 2020)
NMA Nominations: 55
Submission Guidelines

Prairie Journal
Published in: Alberta (Calgary)
Founded: 1983
Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction, Drama, Literary Criticism
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: 2
Submissions Guidelines

PRISM International
Published in: British Columbia (University of British Columbia)
Founded: 1959
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Drama, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 14 (most recently: Emily Riddle, Silver Medal, Poetry, 2020)
NMA Nominations: 33
Submission Guidelines

Pulp Literature
Published in: British Columbia
Founded: 2014
Genres: Short Stories, Novellas, Novel Excerpts and Graphic Novel Shorts
Issues per Year: 4
Submissions Guidelines

Puritan, The
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 2006
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
Submission Guidelines

Queen’s Quarterly
Published in: Ontario (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Founded: 1893
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 11
NMA Nominations: 44
Submission Guidelines

Quilliad, The
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2013
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Art
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

Ricepaper
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1995
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
Submission Guidelines

Riddle Fence
Published in: Newfoundland & Labrador
Founded: 2009
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
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Room
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 1 (Téa Mutonji, Silver Medal, Essays, 2020)
NMA Nominations: 8
Submission Guidelines

Site Magazine, The
Published in
: Edmonton, Alberta
Founded: 2015
Genres: Architecture & Design, Theory & Criticism 
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 3
NMA Nominations: 9
Submission Guidelines  

Spadina Literary Review
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2011
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork, Comics
Issues per Year: 6
Submissions Guidelines

sub-Terrain
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1992
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 3 (most recently: Carleigh Baker, Silver Medal, Fiction, 2021)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Taddle Creek
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1997
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 2
NMA Nominations: 17
Submission Guidelines

The Mitre Literary Journal
Published in: Lennoxville, Quebec
Founded: 1893
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 1
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The Temz Review
Published in: Ontario (London)
Founded: 2017
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
Submission Guidelines

THIS Magazine
Published in: Ontario (Red Maple Foundation, Toronto)
Founded: 1966
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Essays, Visual Art
Issues per Year: 6
National Magazine Awards: 19
NMA Nominations: 93
Submission Guidelines

Touch the Donkey
Published in:
Founded: 2014
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: 1
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Understory Magazine
Published in: Nova Scotia (Halifax & Lunenburg)
Founded: 2013
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Spoken Word
Issues per Year: 2-3
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Untethered
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 2014
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction and Visual Art
Issues per Year: 2
Submissions Guidelines

Vallum
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2000
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays, Interviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 2
NMA Nominations: 8
Submission Guidelines

Windsor Review, The
Published in: Ontario (University of Windsor)
Founded: 1965
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Review Essays
Issues per Year: 2
Submission Guidelines

In addition to the above list, many of Canada’s news, general-interest, lifestyle and arts magazines publish fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, including but not limited to Canadian Art, Border CrossingsThe WalrusToronto Life, Inroads, Ottawa Magazine, Alberta Views.