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

The Puritan pays high bounties for quality work!
Our current publication rates (as of Summer 2019) stand as:

  • $100 PER INTERVIEW,
  • $200 PER ESSAY,
  • $100 PER REVIEW,
  • $150 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND
  • $25 PER POEM (OR PAGE, CAPPED AT $80 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 PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD.
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 Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format).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.
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 leave a comment via Submittable. Email notifications of withdrawals will be ignored as we simply cannot keep up with the volume of them.

The Eighth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by MICHAEL REDHILL (for fiction) and SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA (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 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.

The deadline to submit is September 30, 2019.

The Eighth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by MICHAEL REDHILL (for fiction) and SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA (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 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.

The deadline to submit is September 30, 2019.

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, 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. We want 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 September 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. 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.

Open until September 25.

Ends on September 25, 2019

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, 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 September 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 September 25.

  In M Train, Patti Smith declares that "Yesterday’s poets are today’s detectives." The mystery genre has always been popular, but recent interest in true crime--from Netflix's Making a Murderer or the recent Ted Bundy films or the podcasts Serial and My Favourite Murder--has left the audience with many unanswered questions. Should we be watching other people's suffering? If we do, and we enjoy it, are we just as bad as the criminals or as fake as the forced confessions? Moreover, when the reality of evidence differs from the story told on screen (or through our earbuds), how much is actually true about true crime itself?

For the month of October, I aim to curate a month's worth of blog entries about true crime that address the genres problems, perks, and of course, the fundamental poetry of it. Patti Smith's claim about detectives points to their roles as meaning-makers inside a chaotic world. Her assertion is no different from John Keats claiming beauty truth, and truth beauty--yet now, in an era where there seems to be no privacy anymore, we are truly seeing the ugliness of the world. Can the detectives in these true crime shows become the poets we need? How have they failed to do their jobs? And what happens next, especially as the truth of the event comes to the surface, and we realize our judgements might have been wrong all along?

Possible topics to consider could be:

· the role audio plays in true crime podcasts; we can cover our eyes for gory pictures, but we cannot close our ears to a 911 phone call recorded and replayed online

· Canada's role in the true crime landscape; the highway of tears and the numerous missing and murdered women; Michael Arntfield's work, especially his book on London in Murder City

· Ignored or forgotten LGBTQ cases or case studies; deviant sexuality in true crime literature; Kitty Genovese's murder and the lesbian community's censorship in the reporting; the difficulties in media representations of Bruce McArthur

· the role unsolved cases play in the meaning-making system of law and order; famous Canadian unsolved cases (Septic Tank Sam is one that keeps me up at night); false confessions and falsely accused cases; cases where the guilty party is known but unable to be brought to justice

· the #metoo movement's role in true crime; how Canadian laws differ in the #metoo world; statues of limitations; legal and personal definitions of intimacy and consent

· true crime books as philosophical or feminist texts; how-tos for both perpetrators and survivors

· the visual component of true crime; are there photos that should or should not be seen?; the missing person's image and facial reconstructions as works of art

· many other topics. 

If it engages with the idea of 'what is true about true crime' or Patti Smith's idea of detectives and poetry, I'd love to see it. I want a good balance of both critiques and critical explorations of the genre, but I'd also love to see devotional or aspiration essays about artistic angles. 

Your entry should be about 1,000 words. It should be formatted in Word and/or pasted into the body of your email and be sent to [address]. Chosen entries will receive a token payment of $25 CAD for their contributions. Please include your country of residence and your bio in your submission. Submissions are due September 1st, 2019.  

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