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Call for Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction

You know that fantastic story you wrote but haven’t sent us yet? We’d love to see it! We’ve worked through our backlog of fiction and creative non-fiction and we’re certain that somewhere out there, amazing writing is just waiting to be published!

What are you waiting for? Send us your best stuff! Of course we’re always accepting poetry as well!

MANUSCRIPT: Send a maximum of six poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time. Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction:10,000 words. Scroll down for further Submission Guidelines.

DEADLINE: Open

General Submissions

**Please Note** We are not currently accepting general submissions via email, unless you live in a part of the world where postal service is problematic or cost prohibitive. We ARE currently accepting submissions to our annual writing contests via email, (info on that in our contest section prairiefire.ca/contests). Again, we are not currently accepting general submissions via email, unless you live in a part of the world where postal service is problematic or cost prohibitive. 

In order to find out what our editors are looking for, it’s a good idea to read back issues of Prairie Fire before submitting your work. Prairie Fire publishes literary, not commercial writing. Check recent issues and our website for information about special submission procedures, calls for submissions, contests, or to subscribe.

If you are a beginning writer, study your craft. Learn from good writers, and consult them before you submit. You can also find Prairie Fire in many libraries and, if you live in an area where you can’t find a copy at your local bookstore, you can order a back issue from us.

Like most magazines, Prairie Fire has a standard set of submission guidelines. Following these guidelines will ensure that your writing is sent directly to the appropriate editor. This speeds up the evaluation process, an arrangement that benefits both you and our editors.

Prairie Fire receives hundreds of submissions every year in each genre. Because of the high volume of submissions, our editors are not able to comment on work being returned. The editors meet several times per year. Generally, the response time takes 3-6 months. If you have waited longer than this for a reply, please feel free to query us.

If your work is accepted, you will be notified and paid upon publication. Please see our contributor rates for details. We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Digital Publication Rights only. After publication, copyright reverts to the author.
Detailed guidelines for general submissions (guidelines for contests are somewhat different, so please check our contest information). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at prfire@prairiefire.ca.

We look forward to receiving and reading your work!

Submission Guidelines

#1

The Cover Letter

The cover letter should be typed. Be sure to include the following:

• the name of which call for submissions you are submitting

• a two- or three-sentence biographical statement (with your gender pronouns)

• your full mailing address, e-mail address and phone number;

• the title(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting;

• the genre of the piece(s) you are submitting (poetry, fiction, non-fiction).

• let us know if you are just starting to send out your work.

#2

The Manuscript

Prairie fire does not accept previously published work.

We ask that you let us know if your work is also submitted elsewhere, and, if it is accepted, to notify us right away.

Your submission should be typed (double-spaced) on one side of the page only. Poetry may be single-spaced.

Left and right margins of at least 1.25 Inches, and top and bottom margins of at least 1 inch.

Each page of poetry must contain your name and address at the top left.

For fiction and creative non-fiction, centre the title halfway down on the first page, with your name below it. Include a word count at the top right corner of the first page and your address at the top left corner. Make sure your pages are numbered.

#3

Physical Format

Use 8.5 x 11–inch standard white bond paper.
Do not staple the pages together (paper clips are permissible).

Include an e-mail address for notification, or a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of the manuscript or for notification.

Submissions from outside Canada are accepted but must include an e-mail address, international reply coupons, or Canadian postage for notification.

Prairie Fire Press Inc.
423 – 100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3B 1H3

PLEASE NOTE

We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Digital Publication Rights only. After publication, copyright reverts to the author.