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Why We Walk

Why We Walk

Prairie Fire is seeking fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry on the topic of walking.

As human beings, walking is intrinsic to our nature. Why, and where, we walk is complex and deeply connected to our values, beliefs and circumstances.

We walk to explore, slow down, seek solace, get inspired, connect with nature, for increased wellbeing, for the sheer joy of moving one foot in front of the other—although, many who walk, don’t walk with their feet touching the ground.

We come together collectively to walk for our rights, to protest the multitude of injustices in the world—we walk when it matters. Sometimes we walk, not because we want to, but because we don’t have any other options.

Send us your best work on the topic of Walking!


Submission Deadline EXTEDNED TO January 17, 2020.


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 [email protected], Subject: Walking Issue.



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

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

  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.
  • 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.