Markets in Canada That Pay For Short Fiction & Poetry

The list below tracks Canadian markets (magazines, mostly, both print and web-based) that pay for short fiction and poetry. I try to keep the listings up to date; if you are aware of a change to a market, or know of a market that I have not listed, please let me know.

No markets listed here charge submission fees for regular submissions, as far as I can determine. If you don’t mind paying to submit, the CBC maintains a page which includes some markets I have not listed here as they either charge for submissions or do not pay writers, as does the National Magazine Awards guide to Canadian literary magazines. SF Canada also maintains a list of Canadian markets for speculative fiction.

All markets listed here are, to the best of my knowledge, currently active, though they may or may not be open for submissions at any given time. Many accept nonfiction and reviews as well as fiction and poetry. Many accept work from writers who live outside Canada or do not hold Canadian citizenship, though due to factors such as grant funding most prioritize work by people who live in Canada.

Markets listed in alphabetical order. Most accept digital submissions online; the few that only accept postal submissions are noted. The title of each market links to its submissions page. If you work with a market and notice that I have gotten any details wrong, please let me know.

All rates listed are in CAD, as far as I know. Note that when rates are listed as “per page” they generally mean per published magazine page rather than per submitted manuscript page.

Inclusion of a market on this list does not equal an endorsement. I have not worked with most of these markets and cannot comment on their quality or general practices. Markets will be delisted if I become aware of serious issues, but please do your own research. I recommend looking markets up on The Grinder, which often includes notes regarding non-standard contract terms and other potential issues.

AE Science Fiction
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere, as far as I can determine.
Genre(s): Science fiction.
Form(s): Short fiction.
Wordcount range for fiction: 500-3,000.
Pays: $0.10 per word

Agnes and True
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Any genre, “Canadian sensibility”.
Form(s): Short fiction.
Wordcount range for fiction: 500-5,000.
Pays: $75 flat rate.

The Ampersand Review
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Any genre.
Form(s): Short fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 4,000.
Poetry specifics: No more than 4 poems or 6 pages.
Pays: $35 per page, up to $100.

Anathema
Who can submit: Writers who are “both queer/two-spirit and a person of colour/Indigenous/Aboriginal”.
Genre(s): Any genre with speculative elements.
Form(s): Short fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: 1,500-2,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 100 lines.
Pays: $150 flat rate for fiction, $75 flat rate for poetry.

Augur
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada, though writers from elsewhere are considered.
Genre(s): Primarily liminal, interstitial, in-between genres; “literary” speculative fiction.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 5,000.
Poetry specifics: No more than 5 poems or 10 pages.
Pays: $0.11 per word for fiction, $60 per poem.
Notes: Augur prioritizes work by “intersectional/marginalized/diverse” writers.

Canthius
Who can submit: women, trans men, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming writers.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,500
Poetry specifics: No more than 5 poems.
Pays: $50-150 depending on page count.

The Capilano Review
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 2,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 8 pages.
Pays: $50 per page, up to $500.

Carousel
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Not currently listed.
Poetry specifics:
Pays: $40-80 for fiction, $20 per poem.

Cloud Lake Literary
Who can submit: Writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Speculative, literary, mystery, and so on.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,500.
Poetry specifics: Up to 150 lines.
Pays: $50 per page, up to $150.

Crow Toes Quarterly
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere, as far as I can tell.
Genre(s): “Playfully dark” work for children 8-13.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,000.
Poetry specifics: 1-5 poems.
Pays: $25-50 for fiction, depending on length; $20 per poem.

Engen Books
Who can submit: Writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Assorted genres (see anthology-specific details).
Form(s): Fiction.
Wordcount range: Up to 7,000.
Pays: $0.01 per word.

EVENT
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 5,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 8 poems.
Pays: $35 per page for fiction, $40 per page for poetry, up to $500.

Exile Quarterly
Who can submit: Writers who are Canadian citizens and/or reside in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary and speculative fiction.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Not currently listed.
Poetry specifics: Not currently listed.
Pays: $0.10 per word for fiction up to $250, $30 per page up to $150 for poetry.
Notes: Postal submissions only. Contributors receive a subscription in addition to payment.

Existere

Who can submit: Everyone, as far as I can tell.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,500.
Poetry specifics: Not currently listed.
Pays: $50 for accepted submission, up to $250.

The Fiddlehead
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 6,000.
Poetry specifics: No more than 6 poems or 12 pages.
Pays: $60 per page.

FreeFall
Who can submit: Writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 4,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 5 poems.
Pays: $10 per page for fiction, up to $100, and $25 per poem.

Fusion Fragment
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and SF-tinged literary fiction.
Form(s): Short fiction and novelettes.
Wordcount range: 2,000-15,000.
Pays: $0.035 per word, up to $300.

Grain
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): “Eclectic” literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,500.
Poetry specifics: Up to 6 pages.
Pays: $50 per page, up to $250.

Hermine Annual
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary and, as far as I can gather from their website, a little strange.
Form(s): Fiction.
Wordcount range: Up to 4,000.
Pays: $50-$200.

Into the Void
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 5,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 4 poems of up to 60 lines each.
Pays: $20 flat rate for fiction, $10 per poem.

Lackington’s
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Assorted “stylized” speculative fiction and prose poetry.
Form(s): Fiction.
Wordcount range: 1,500-5,000 words.
Pays: $0.01 per word, $25 minimum.
Note: Lackington’s is currently on hiatus, but may return.


Little Blue Marble
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Speculative, with a focus on climate fiction.
Form(s): Fiction and (very occasionally) poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 2,000.
Poetry specifics: One poem maximum.
Pays: $0.11 per word.

long con
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary work responding to other art.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 15 pages.
Poetry specifics: Up to 4 pages of multiple short poems or 1 long poem up to 8 pages.
Pays: $25-50 depending on length.

The Malahat Review
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 8,000.
Poetry specifics: 3 to 5 poems, up to 10 pages total.
Pays: $70 per page plus print subscription.

The Minola Review
Who can submit: Women and nonbinary writers.
Genre(s): Literary fiction.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 5,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 4 poems.
Pays: $175 flat rate for fiction, $50 per poem.

Neo-Opsis
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and fantasy.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 6,000.
Poetry specifics: Not currently listed, but poems should have SF themes.
Pays: $0.025 per word, up to $125.

The New Quarterly
Who can submit: Writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 6,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 3 poems.
Pays: $275 flat rate for fiction, $50 per poem.

On Spec
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and fantasy.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 6,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 100 lines.
Pays: $0.05 per word for fiction, $100 flat for poetry, plus a free 1-year subscription.

Plenitude
Who can submit: Queer writers, primarily in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary with a queer slant.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 5,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 5 pages.
Pays: $80 flat rate for fiction, $35 per poem.

Prairie Fire
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 10,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 6 poems.
Pays: $0.10 per word up to $250 for fiction, $40 per poem.
Notes: Prairie Fire ordinarily accepts submissions only by post, but sometimes opens email submissions.

Pulp Literature
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Assorted genres.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Under 10,000 preferred.
Poetry specifics: No more than 3 poems or 5 pages.
Pays: $0.02-0.08 per word for fiction depending on length and funding, $25-50 for poetry.

The Puritan
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 10,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 4 poems, any length.
Pays: $150 flat rate for fiction, $25 per poem.

Qwerty
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary and exceptional genre work.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 5,000.
Poetry specifics: Up to 6 pages.
Pays: $10.

Riddle Fence

Who can submit: Everyone, as far as I can tell.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fictiom: Up to 3,000.
Poetry specifics: 3-5 poems, no more than 1 pages.
Pays: $30 per page.

Room
Who can submit: Marginalized genders, including women, trans, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,500.
Poetry specifics: Up to 5 poems.
Pays: $50 per page, up to $200.

Savant-Garde
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada, though work from elsewhere will be considered.
Genre(s): Many and multifarious.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 3,000.
Poetry specifics: No more than 4 poems, of no more than 2 pages each.
Pays: $20 flat rate per piece.

Shrapnel Magazine
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere, as far as I can tell.
Genre(s): Literary.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Not specified.
Poetry specifics: Up to 5 poems or 10 pages.
Pays: $25 for fiction, $15 for poetry, $5 extra per piece if you record yourself reading it.

Speculative North
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and fantasy.
Form(s): Fiction.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 7,500.
Pays: $0.02 per word.

The Sprawl Mag
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Speculative.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 1,000.
Poetry specifics: 1-4 poems of no more than 40 lines apiece.
Pays: $20 per piece.

The /tƐmz/ Review
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary, “boundary-pushing”.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 10,000.
Poetry specifics: 1-8 poems, up to 10 pages.
Pays: $20 flat rate per story or per batch of poems.

Wrongdoing Magazine
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary darkness.
Form(s): Fiction and poetry.
Wordcount range for fiction: Up to 12,000.
Poetry specifics: 1-3 poems, no length limit.
Pays: $10 flat rate.