We’re looking for dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism (note: educate yourself before you claim this term) and, for lack of a better descriptor, “literary” speculative fiction. We accept YA and adult pieces, and possibly children’s as well (more likely for comics than otherwise). Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for CanLit magazines or “not speculative enough” for speculative magazines. That said, we’re no strangers to rich realism, high fantasy, and science fiction, so if you think you match our tone, give us a try. We recommend checking out our preview issue, free online, to see what we’ve published before.
Things we’re not interested in include: gross-out or gratuitously violent pieces, horror that uses neurodivergence or mental health as the horror element, comedy that punches down, stories that are “speculative” because a non-marginalized group suddenly experiences what it’s like to be a marginalized group (e.g. a man “has to live with sexism”, a white woman is suddenly “treated like a woman of colour”), anything that uses sexual trauma/any trauma as a plot device, casual or blatant misogyny/bigotry/racism/etc., or otherwise insensitive pieces.
We accept multiple submissions (specified in the category breakdowns) and simultaneous submissions on the condition that you inform us if the piece is accepted elsewhere. Our goal is to respond to all submissions within eight weeks. Please query two months after the submissions period ends.
If you submit and do not receive a verification email, please query. Our submissions system should send you a verification email within 24 hours.
All text submissions must be formatted in standard manuscript format and submitted in .doc format. We strongly prefer pieces be set in in Size 12, Times New Roman or Times font.
Finally: If you fit into our guidelines, don’t self-reject! Submit, submit, submit!