Markets in Canada That Pay For Short Fiction

The list below tracks Canadian markets (magazines, mostly, both print and web-based) that pay for short fiction. 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. SF Canada also maintains a list of Canadian markets for many forms of speculative fiction, both short form and book-length.

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 poetry, nonfiction, and more as well as fiction, but, as I am only submitting fiction at present, I have only researched and included the guidelines and rates for fiction. 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.

I have listed markets for both “literary” and genre(s) fiction, in alphabetical order. Some listed magazines accept work in several genres. Most accept submissions online, either via Submittable or email; the few that only accept postal submissions are noted. The title of each market links to its submissions page, where you can find more details than I have listed. 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. Rates listed as “per page” generally mean per page in the finished magazine, and not per page of the manuscript document a writer submits.

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

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

The Ampersand Review
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Any genre.
Wordcount range: Up to 4,000.
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.
Wordcount range: 1,500-2,000.
Pays: $100 flat rate.

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.
Wordcount range: Up to 5,000.
Pays: $110 flat rate under 1,000 words; $0.11 per word over 1,000 words.
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: Up to 3,500
Pays: $50-150 depending on page count.

The Capilano Review
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 2,000.
Pays: $50 per page, up to $200.
Notes: TCR may charge submissions fees for some types of submission, though their current call is free. I will update this page once regular magazine submissions reopen and I am able to determine if they charge any fees.

Carousel
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Not currently listed.
Pays: $40-80.

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

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

EVENT
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 5,000.
Pays: $35 per page, up to $500.

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

The Fiddlehead
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 6,000.
Pays: $60 per page.

FreeFall
Who can submit: Writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 4,000.
Pays: $10 per page, up to $100.

Fusion Fragment
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and SF-tinged literary fiction.
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.
Wordcount range: Up to 3,500.
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.
Wordcount range: Up to 4,000.
Pays: $50-$200.

Into the Void
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 5,000.
Pays: $20 flat rate.

Lackington’s
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Assorted speculative fiction.
Wordcount range: 1,500-5,000 words.
Pays: $0.01 per word, $25 minimum.

Little Blue Marble
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Speculative, with a focus on climate fiction.
Wordcount range: Up to 2,000.
Pays: $0.11 per word.

long con
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary work responding to other art.
Wordcount range: Up to 15 pages.
Pays: $25-50.

The Malahat Review
Who can submit: Primarily writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 8,000.
Pays: $65 per page.
Notes: Contributors receive a subscription in addition to one of the best pay rates in Canada.

The Minola Review
Who can submit: Women and nonbinary writers.
Genre(s): Literary fiction.
Wordcount range: Up to 5,000.
Pays: $175 flat rate.

Neo-Opsis
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and fantasy.
Wordcount range: Up to 6,000.
Pays: $0.025 per word, up to $125.

The New Quarterly
Who can submit: Writers in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 6,000.
Pays: $275 flat rate.

On Spec
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Science fiction and fantasy.
Wordcount range: Up to 6,000.
Pays: $100-200, depending on length, plus a free 1-year subscription.

Plenitude
Who can submit: Queer writers, primarily in Canada.
Genre(s): Literary with a queer slant.
Wordcount range: Up to 5,000.
Pays: $80 flat rate.

Prairie Fire
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 10,000.
Pays: $0.10 per word, up to $250.
Notes: I have published a story in Prairie Fire. Great magazine, nice team!

Pulp Literature
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Assorted genres.
Wordcount range: Under 10,000 preferred.
Pays: $0.02-0.08 per word depending on length.

The Puritan
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 10,000.
Pays: $150 flat rate.

Qwerty
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary and exceptional genre work.
Wordcount range: Up to 5,000.
Pays: $10.

Room
Who can submit: Marginalized genders, including women, trans, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary.
Genre(s): Literary.
Wordcount range: Up to 3,500.
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.
Wordcount range: Up to 3,000.
Pays: $20 flat rate.

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

The /tƐmz/ Review
Who can submit: Any writer, anywhere.
Genre(s): Literary, “boundary-pushing”.
Wordcount range: Up to 10,000.
Pays: $20 flat rate.

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