Submissions

Open until May 10

What is the Preview Issue?

The Augur Preview Issue will be a collection of fiction, poetry, and graphic fiction reprints, featuring at least 75% Canadian content. We aim to create an issue that sets a precedent for the voice and tone we’re looking for in future original submissions.

Why reprints? We want to show how Augur Magazine will bring together voices that can be found in a variety of disparate publications, forming a cohesive tone that explores the line between the real and unreal. That said, we know that doing a call for reprints limits the kinds of work we’ll get and authors we’ll hear from—so we’re happy to accept submissions that have previously been published on blogs, in student magazines and journals, in unpaid publications, and in any other form of publication.

The Preview Issue will be released for early access when we launch our crowdfunding campaign as a sample of our future work. Afterwards, it will be available for free so prospective writers and artists can see what we’re about—we want to take down a the barricade of writers having to purchase subscriptions to every magazine they’re interested in contributing to, and this is where that project starts.

What are we looking for?

(Although we always love surprises)

We’re looking for reprints of uncanny or dreamlike realist fiction, literary speculative fiction, and magical realism. Our perfect submission defies categorization—pieces that could be “too speculative” for canlit or “not speculative enough” for spec magazines (although we’re open to stories on both these sides as well).

At this time, we offer a small honorarium payment (specified in the category breakdowns) in CAD, and are working to improve them. We also 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 six weeks. Please query after two months.

All submissions should be sent to augurmag@gmail.com with the subject line indicated in the given genre’s instructions.

If comfortable doing so, we encourage our prospective authors to self-identify with any intersectional identity they belong to in their cover letter, so we may have a better understanding of the voices we’re including in our issues. That said, we acknowledge that the current socio-political landscape does not often reward disclosure, and so we by no means expect or require this from our writers. If you do choose to disclose, Augur magazine 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.

FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Shorts & Flash

  • Subject Line should read: FICTION SUBMISSION – [ Story Title ] – [ Word Count ] – [ INT / CND / OTH (International/Canadian/Other or It’s Complicated)]
  • Submit in standard manuscript format
  • 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 the previous publication date(s) and location(s) of the story/ies, your publishing history, relationship (if any) to Canada (citizen, international student, resident, ex-patriot, visitor, story content, etc.—not mandatory 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 6, 000 words (and note that some longer stories may be edited for length)
  • Do not submit more than three (3) stories for any given submission period
  • If possible, do not send more than one email with submissions (i.e. send all three at the same time—do not send three emails with three story submissions), with the exception of having had your previous submission rejected
  • For the Preview Issue, we offer an honorarium of $20.00 CAD per short story reprint

POETRY SUBMISSIONS

For bards & wordsmiths

  • Subject heading should read: POETRY SUBMISSION – [ Story Title ] – [ Word 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 the previous publication date(s) and location(s) of the poem, your 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 or ten (10) pages of poetry per submission period
  • Do not send more than one email with submissions (i.e. send all poems at the same time—don’t send three emails with three story submissions) per submission period, unless a previous submission has been rejected
  • For the preview issue, we offer an honorarium of $10.00 CAD per poem reprint

GRAPHIC FICTION SUBMISSIONS

Graphic Shorts & Comics

  • Subject heading should read: GRAPHIC FICTION SUBMISSION – [ Story Title ] – [ Word 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 the previous publication date(s) and location(s) of the comic, your 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
  • Do not submit excerpts—we’re looking for shorts only
  • Graphic fiction shorts should be no longer than 10 pages
  • For the Preview Issue, we offer an honorarium of $20.00 CAD per submission

Nonfiction Submissions

Interested in sending us nonfiction? We’re glad to hear it! Unfortunately, our Preview Issue won’t have a nonfiction section. However, we are in the middle of prepping our blog for publication in Summer 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 are unable to pay for blog pieces. We hope to change this in the future, but in the meantime we can only accept bloggers on a volunteer basis.

Once we’ve launched officially, we do intend to accept unsolicited nonfiction pieces to be published in the magazine for pay. However, you’ll have to subscribe to our blog & newsletter to get updates on when this will be!