Maybe more than ever, especially since the pandemic uprooted our normal lives, people have been turning to animals for comfort and joy as a way to reduce the anxiety many of us are feeling from isolation and disconnection. In North America, fostering and adoptions have risen dramatically over the past eight months, as people discover or re-discover the unconditional love gained from our relationships with animals.

At the same time, we’re taking greater refuge and solace in nature, where we might observe the flight of birds, or notice animals we’ve never seen before, in places we’ve never seen them before. Social media outlets saw a surge in photos and videos of animals re-wilding urban spaces. In times of crisis, we’re finding these images grounding, visions of hope. Whether domestic, or wild, animals have often been our saving grace, and we’d like to recognize their tremendous value and contribution.

DEADLINE: December 4, 2020 11:59:59PM CDT

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, Subject: For the Love of Animals.



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

***Please state in your cover letter that you are submitting to “For the Love of Animals”***

  1. a two-or three-sentence biographical statement (with your gender pronouns);
  2. your full mailing address, e-mail address and phone number;
  3. the title(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting;
  4. 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.



  • Send a maximum of three poems OR one story per submission and send only one submission at a time.
  • Maximum length for fiction and creative non-fiction: 5000 words.
  • Prairie Fire does not accept previously published work.
  • Please send files as .doc or .pdf. No G-Drive or Dropbox files, please. 
  • 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.
  • 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.