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

The Puritan pays high bounties for quality work!

Our current publication rates stand as:

  • $100 PER INTERVIEW,
  • $100 PER ESSAY,
  • $100 PER REVIEW,
  • $50 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND
  • $15 PER POEM (OR PAGE, CAPPED AT $60 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 the publication rates for works that appear in our occasional Supplement Series are reduced due to volume. Each accepted work of non-fiction, fiction, or group of poems will receive an honorarium of $20.

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 Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format).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 Thomas Morton Prize is $20; winners in fiction and poetry each receive $1,000 in cash prizes and runners-up are awarded $200, plus a generous prize pack of books and magazine subscriptions.

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 puritanmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com.

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The Sixth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by HEATHER O'NEILL (for fiction) and SUZANNE BUFFAM (for poetry). Winners in each category will receive:

First Prize: $1,000
Runner-up: $200

In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be sent a prize pack of awesome books generously donated by their publishers, as well as annual subscriptions to a number of great print magazines. We'll list all of the donors here as they are confirmed.

We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at our annual Black Friday celebrations. Winning pieces will be published in the magazine the following day.

All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc 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. 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.
Feel encouraged to push boundaries. We have diverse tastes; try us out. Length is up to you, but a story over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Stories of high quality and high word counts may be considered for serialization. Please read the fiction in our last two or three issues in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published. Only send one story at a time, unless you are writing flash fiction (or stories under 500 words), in which case you can send up to three.

Please Note:
 All Thomas Morton Memorial Prize entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, ALL other submissions to our regular issues are free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $5, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless!

Baffle us, tangle us up, or break our hearts. 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 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, ALL other submissions to our regular issues are free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $5, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless!
Length is up to you, but an essay over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Stories of high quality and high word counts may be considered for serialization. Please read the essays in our last two or three issues to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published. Send only one piece at a time. Non-fiction submissions can be anything from memoirs and creative non-fiction to academic essays on a literary subject.

Please Note:
 All Thomas Morton Memorial Prize entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, ALL other submissions to our regular issues are free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $5, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless!
Reviews can be up to 6,000 words in length, with a minimum word count of 1,500 words. We are looking for insightful and challenging reviews of recently released fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Whatever your focus, perspective, or opinion, provide us with a close reading of the text. We prefer to publish reviews of books released by small(er) Canadian publishers, but are open to other works, as well; as always, please read our last few issues to get a sense of the scope and depth of the reviews we’ve published.

Please supply your review with a title, and the necessary information about the book you are reviewing. Send only one review at a time. Abide by the following model as a heading for your piece: Title, Publisher, Year, Price, Number of Pages, and then your name, like so:

“Ahead of His Time:” A Review of Thomas Morton’s The New English Canaan.
The Prince Society, 1883.

$19.95, 300 pages.

Review by Mortimer Sneed.

For pitches, review copies, publisher catalogues, press releases, and related inquiries, please contact Reviews Editor Bardia Sinaee at reviews@puritan-magazine.com.

Please Note: All Thomas Morton Memorial Prize entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, ALL other submissions to our regular issues are free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $5, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless!