Call for Submissions: The Peace We Make

With so much war and violence raging all over the world, many feel utterly helpless. Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist nun, says that the origins of aggression and war reside in our hearts and that the way we respond to the challenges that face us can either build on that culture of violence, or create a culture of kindness and compassion.

Prairie Fire is seeking fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that looks at the depth of peace, and the struggles that we’ve all had when it comes to creating peace instead of war. Creating peace within ourselves and with others is a journey, what does your journey look like? When have you chosen peace as an act of rebellion, found a moment of personal peace in a war zone (literally or figuratively), found inner peace despite the chaos, made peace with a loved one, made peace with an idea, made peace with all the little battles that rage inside us every day of our lives. And, perhaps peace, no matter how hard you tried hasn’t come yet, and you’re still waiting.

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2022 11:59:59pm.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions for this issue may be emailed or mailed. Emailed submissions still need to follow the submission guidelines. 

Emailed submissions should be sent to prfire@prairiefire.ca, Subject: Peace

THE COVER LETTER

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

***Please state in your cover letter that you are submitting to “Peace”***

  • your pronouns
  • a two- or three-sentence biographical statement;
  • 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.

THE MANUSCRIPT

  • Send a maximum of three poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time. Please do not send more than one of each type of submission.
  • Please do not send updated versions of pieces once you have submitted. The piece you submit it the piece we review.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction: 5000 words.
  • 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 (for print submissions). Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Margins of at least 1.5 inches should surround all copy.
  • 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.

***Please Note: Due to the high volume of submissions we receive for special calls, we are only able to notify successful applicants. We will post a message on our social media when all successful applicants have been contacted. All successful applicants will be contacted by the middle of January, 2023 or sooner.

***As well, please make sure prfire@prairiefire.ca and lindsey@prairiefire.ca are added as ‘safe senders’ in your email. We would hate to end up in your spam folder!

Prairie Fire encourages submissions from LGBTQI2S writers, BIPOC writers, differently-abled writers, and all who are otherwise affected by structural inequality.