The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world.

Our current publication rates (as of Fall 2022) stand as:

  • $100 PER INTERVIEW,
  • $200 PER ESSAY,
  • $100 PER REVIEW,
  • $150 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND
  • $35 PER POEM (OR PAGE, CAPPED AT $120 FOR POEMS RUNNING FOUR PAGES OR MORE).

Check back with the magazine regularly; The Puritan is working ever assiduously to increase these figures.

Please note that we can ONLY issue payments using etransfer, PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD. If you cannot accept payment via etransfer, PayPal or cheque from a Canadian bank, we cannot accept your submission.


Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of four categories: fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). The entry fee for the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence is $20; winners in fiction and poetry each receive $1,000 in cash prizes and runners-up are awarded $200.


All submissions received by March 25 will be considered for the spring issue, published in May. Those received by June 25 are considered for the summer issue in August. Those received by September 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in November. Those received by December 25 are considered for the winter issue, out in February.


Send all questions and messages to puritanmagazineeditors [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please note that we CANNOT accept email submissions. They will be discarded.
We are open to simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please send a message via Submittable. Email notifications of withdrawals will be ignored as we simply cannot keep up with the volume of them.

The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence serves to honour the memory of Austin Clarke (1934-2016). Clarke was, above all else, an exceptional writer, one who disrupted the expectations of what Canadian literature could and should become. His literary career was characterized by impressive productivity. In the span of his lifetime, he published eleven novels (including his 2002 Giller-winning The Polished Hoe), nine short story collections, two poetry collections, along with a number of memoirs. In this large body of work, he continually questioned the homogeneity implied with the development of a Canadian cultural establishment. He was deeply critical of the official Canadian position of multiculturalism, but to consider his work a “realist or sociological account of Black life in Canada” would be, as Paul Barrett notes in the introduction to his 2017 “‘Membering Austin Clarke: A Puritan Special Issue,” a fundamental misreading of the value of his writing. Although Clarke began his writing career as a reporter at the Timmins Daily Press and The Globe and Mail, his vast body of literary work has “never been realist, nor has it ever been reportage: it is a polyvocal, hybridizing, experimental, introspective, satirical, patriarchal, offensive, provocative and—at times—outraged artistic reflection on life in Canada” which “demands” a stylistic account.


We at The Puritan agree. We have long been admirers of Clarke’s work, and with this renaming our annual literary award, we want to encourage our readers and writers to think through what it means to rebuke the Canadian cultural establishment. We want our writers to continue Clarke’s legacy by reimagining the boundaries of Canadian literature. Equally important to this, however, is a focus on style. Although we divide this award by entries into fiction and poetry, we want our submitters to reimagine the boundaries of what fiction and poetry can look like. We actively encourage submissions that are experimental with form and unrelentingly demand an attention to their style. We believe that Austin Clarke would’ve wanted nothing less.


This year, the winners will be selected by CASEY PLETT (for fiction) and DOYALI ISLAM (for poetry). Past judges have included Francesca Ekwuyasi and Jordan Abel. Winners in each category will receive:

First Prize: $1,000

Runner-up: $200

We will announce our shortlist in mid-November and announce the winners at the end of November.

All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc, .odt or .rtf files and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work.

The entrance fee this year is $20, which helps us pay for the prize, our operating expenses, and allows us to compensate contributors to the magazine.

The deadline to enter is 12:00 a.m. on October 31, 2022.

The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! The Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence serves to honor the memory of Austin Clarke (1934-2016). Clarke was, above all else, an exceptional writer, one who disrupted the expectations of what Canadian literature could and should become. His literary career was characterized by impressive productivity. In the span of his lifetime, he published eleven novels (including his 2002 Giller-winning The Polished Hoe), nine short story collections, two poetry collections, along with a number of memoirs. In this large body of work, he continually questioned the homogeneity implied with the development of a Canadian cultural establishment. He was deeply critical of the official Canadian position of multiculturalism, but to consider his work a “realist or sociological account of Black life in Canada” would be, as Paul Barrett notes in the introduction to his 2017 “‘Membering Austin Clarke: A Puritan Special Issue,” a fundamental misreading of the value of his writing. Although Clarke began his writing career as a reporter at the Timmins Daily Press and The Globe and Mail, his vast body of literary work has “never been realist, nor has it ever been reportage: it is a polyvocal, hybridizing, experimental, introspective, satirical, patriarchal, offensive, provocative and—at times—outraged artistic reflection on life in Canada” which “demands” a stylistic account.


We at The Puritan agree. We have long been admirers of Clarke’s work, and with this renaming our annual literary award, we want to encourage our readers and writers to think through what it means to rebuke the Canadian cultural establishment. We want our writers to continue Clarke’s legacy by reimagining the boundaries of Canadian literature. Equally important to this, however, is a focus on style. Although we divide this award by entries into fiction and poetry, we want our submitters to reimagine the boundaries of what fiction and poetry can look like. We actively encourage submissions that are experimental with form and unrelentingly demand an attention to their style. We believe that Austin Clarke would’ve wanted nothing less.


This year, the winners will be selected by CASEY PLETT (for fiction) and DOYALI ISLAM (for poetry). Past judges include Francesca Ekwuyasi and Jordan Abel. Winners in each category will receive:

First Prize: $1,000

Runner-up: $200

We will announce our shortlist in mid-November and announce the winners at the end of November.

All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc, .odt or .rtf files (.pdf is also acceptable for poetry) and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work.

The entrance fee this year is $20, which helps us pay for the prize, our operating expenses, and allows us to compensate contributors to the magazine.

The deadline to enter is 12:00 a.m. on October 31, 2022.

Feel encouraged to push boundaries, play with form, and explore genre elements. Consider reading the fiction in our last few issues to familiarize yourself with work we've published. Please do not submit stories over 10,000 words, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), or novel excerpts. Please only send one story at a time. Note that all submissions must be previously unpublished and that we will not publish the same author more than once per year.

  
Please Note: All Austin Clarke Prize for Literary Excellence entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, this category is free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $3, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless!


If submissions have been disabled on this category, it's because we've reached our monthly limit. We can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions each month. You can either submit to one of our fee submissions categories or wait until we reopen on the 1st of the next month. All of our submissions are considered equally.   
Open until Dec 25th

This is our fee submissions category for fiction. All of our submissions are considered equally. So why pay a fee when you don’t have to? You’re leaving space open for someone without the means to pay. Submittable is not free to use, and even with the subscription fee we pay, we can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions. By submitting to this category, you’re also helping us pay to use Submittable and supporting the magazine. We appreciate your donation!   


The Puritan remains committed to accepting no-fee submissions. If our no-fee category isn’t working right now, you are welcome to use the fee category or wait until the 1st of the next month, when we reopen again to no-fee submissions.   


Feel encouraged to push boundaries, play with form, and explore genre elements. Consider reading the fiction in our last few issues to familiarize yourself with work we've published. Please do not submit stories over 10,000 words, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), or novel excerpts. Please only send one story at a time. Note that all submissions must be previously unpublished and that we will not publish the same author more than once per year.


Open until Dec 25.

We’re looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). Once again, please familiarize yourself with our last two issues. Send up to four poems at a time.   
Please Note: All Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, this category is free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $3, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless!
If submissions have been disabled on this category, it's because we've reached our monthly limit. We can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions each month. You can either submit to one of our fee submissions categories or wait until we reopen on the 1st of the next month. All of our submissions are considered equally.   
Open until Dec 25.

This is our fee submissions category for poetry. All of our submissions are considered equally. So why pay a fee when you don’t have to? You’re leaving space open for someone without the means to pay. Submittable is not free to use, and even with the subscription fee we pay, we can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions. By submitting to this category, you’re also helping us pay to use Submittable and supporting the magazine. We appreciate your donation!
The Puritan remains committed to accepting no-fee submissions. If our no-fee category isn’t working right now, you are welcome to use the fee category or wait until the 1st of the next month, when we reopen again to no-fee submissions.
We’re looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). Once again, please familiarize yourself with our last two issues. Send up to four poems at a time.   
Open until Dec 25.

Please include a succinct description of no more than 250 words in the Cover Letter field, along with a full working draft of your essay as a Word doc. The essays should compel us with daring ideas and urgent, captivating writing. Submissions should not exceed 5000 words. We are especially interested in work by LGBTQ2S+ writers, BIPOC writers, and writing from other marginalized folks.

 
Please read recently published essays in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published and to get a sense of the range of essay lengths and topics. Only submit one essay per submission period. 


Open until Dec 25, 2022.

Please include a succinct description of no more than 250 words in the Cover Letter field, along with a full working draft of your essay as a Word doc. The essays should compel us with daring ideas and urgent, captivating writing. Submissions should not exceed 5000 words. We are especially interested in work by LGBTQ2S+ writers, BIPOC writers, and writing from other marginalized folks.


Please read recently published essays in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published and to get a sense of the range of essay lengths and topics. Only submit one essay per submission period.

Open until Dec 25. 

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