Submissions

Open to submissions October 1-November 15

Open to Submissions

Augur Magazine is open to submissions October 1-November 15!

Take a look at our guidelines and send us your best. We can’t wait to read them! But please note, we are currently accepting original, unpublished works—we are not taking reprints at this time.

*** Update: As of Sunday, October 22nd we have improved our payment rates for Short Fiction and Comics. Fiction submitted before October 22nd that would have been paid more by our previous flat fee of $50/story (ie. anything between 1250-2500 words) rather than our current 0.02 cents per word payment will have the higher payment honoured for this first submission round.

What are we looking for?

(Although we always love surprises)

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”), stories that have not been copy-edited, 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 within four days, please resubmit citing the lack of a verification email. We do this all by hand, so there’s room for human error—but submissions have been known to not make it to our inbox before, and we’d rather hear from you than not.

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.

Send submissions to augurmag@gmail.com with the subject line indicated in the given genre’s instructions.

Finally: If you fit into our guidelines, don’t self-reject! Submit, submit, submit!

A note on intersectionality

If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage our prospective authors to declare any intersectional identity they identify with in their cover letter, so we may be informed as we select pieces for our issues. That said, we acknowledge that the current socio-political landscape does not often reward the disclosure of marginalized standpoints, and so we by no means expect or require this from our writers. If you do choose to disclose, we will treat this information as confidential, and it will be used for no purpose other than helping us as we put together issues that fulfill our mission of representing intersectional voices. And, if your piece is chosen, we will not out you in words you have not used about yourself publicly. We’re about representation, not presentation.

What “counts” as intersectional? We’re not in the business of deciding whose identity is valued, so it’s up to you to decide, but common declarations might include: LGBTQ+, visible minority (broadly stated or specific), disabled, assault survivor, women, immigrants, class standing, etc.

We do accept submissions from non-intersectional and non-Canadian writers. However, these submissions will never dominate our magazine, and our editorial preference will always skew towards intersectional, Canadian and Indigenous/Aboriginal creators. If you are a non-Canadian, non-intersectional creator, please consider carefully whether your submission matches our tone and goals before you submit.

FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Shorts & Flash

  • Subject Line should read: FICTION SUBMISSION – [ 1st Piece Title ] – [ Word Count of 1st piece ] – [ INT / CND / OTH (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
  • Submit in standard manuscript format
  • Submit as a .doc file (NOT .docx or any other format)
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the document for blind reading
  • Include a short cover letter that indicates your recent/most important publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, story content, etc.—not required but encouraged!), intersectional identity (if any and only if comfortable disclosing), whether your submission is simultaneous, and a short 1-line description of your story that tells us the word count and the genre/sub-genre
  • Do not submit any story over 5, 000 words
  • Do not submit more than two (2) stories for any given submission period, to a total of 4 pieces across genres
  • Do not send more than one email with submissions (e.g. do not send multiple emails for multiple story submissions)
  • You may send a new submission email once a previous submission email has been responded to with a rejection, and may submit up to two submission emails per submission period
  • We pay $0.02 cents (CAD) per word for short fiction (1250+ words), and a flat fee of $25.00 per flash fiction piece (Under 1250 words)

POETRY SUBMISSIONS

For bards & wordsmiths

  • Subject heading should read: POETRY SUBMISSION – [ 1st Piece Title ] – [ Page count ] – [ INT / CND / OTHER (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
  • Submit as a .doc file (NOT .docx)
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the document for blind reading
  • Include a short cover letter that indicates your recent/most important publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, etc.), intersectional identity (if any and only if comfortable disclosing), whether your submission is simultaneous, and a short 1-line description of your poem that tells us the line count and the subject of the poem
  • Do not submit poems longer than five (5) pages—we are partial to shorter poetry
  • Do not submit more than five (5) poems (to a maximum ten pages of poetry) per submission period, and do not exceed four pieces should you be submitting across genre lines (ie. one short story, three poems)
  • Do not send more than one email with submissions (e.g. do not send multiple emails for multiple poetry submissions)
  • You may send a new submission email once a previous submission email has been responded to with a rejection, and may submit up to two submission emails per submission period
  • We pay $20.00 CAD per poem

GRAPHIC FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Graphic Shorts & Comics

  • Subject heading should read: GRAPHIC FICTION SUBMISSION – [ Story Title ] – [ Page count ] – [ INT / CND / OTHER (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
  • Submit as a single .pdf file per submission (not separate images for each page)
  • Graphic fiction pieces must be formatted (or able to be formatted) to fit preferred eBook/tablet dimensions
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the document for blind reading
  • Include a short cover letter that indicates your recent/most important publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, etc.), intersectional identity (if any and only if comfortable disclosing), whether your submission is simultaneous, and a short 1-line description of your comic that tells us the genre/sub-genre
  • Do not submit more than three (3) graphic fiction shorts per submission period, up to four (4) pieces across genre lines (e.g. one short story, two poems, one comic)
  • We accept both finished and in production pieces. In order to make the editorial process easier, feel free to send roughs.
  • You may send a new submission email once a previous submission email has been responded to with a rejection, and may submit up to two submission emails per submission period
  • Do not submit excerpts—we’re looking for shorts only
  • Graphic fiction shorts should be no longer than 5 pages
  • We pay $20 per page up to $100.00 CAD per graphic fiction piece

Nonfiction Submissions

Interested in sending us nonfiction? We’re glad to hear it! Unfortunately, we aren’t currently budgeted for an unsolicited nonfiction section. However, we are preparing to launch our blog in Fall/Winter 2017. If you have events you’d like to cover, books you’d like to review, or essays and appreciations that need to be read, send us a note at augurmag@gmail.com with the subject line BLOG PITCH: (Type of Content).

Unfortunately, at this time we do not pay for blog pieces, but we do send blog contributors one issue, free of charge, per submission.