• Thank you for considering Room for the publication of your original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Room publishes original work by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations. We strongly suggest you get a sense of our tastes by reviewing material we've published in recent issues—buy newsstand copies, subscribe, borrow from a library, or visit our latest edition online. Alternatively, you can order single copies of specific issues.
  • All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one or two pages, $60 for three pages, $80 for four pages, $100 for five pages, $120 for six or more pages.
  • We do not charge for submissions.
  • Check our home page regularly for updates on upcoming themes and deadlines. If your work is targeted for a particular theme, it will be considered for that theme as long as it is sent by the deadline. There is no need to add a special note or designation.
  • We receive over 2,000 submissions each year and can only publish approximately 80-100 pieces. So send your absolutely best piece of work.
  • Size Limits: Fiction and creative non-fiction: Up to 3500 words; Poetry: Up to 5 poems; Art: up to 5 images
  • Please be sure to send us work that has not been previously published in print or on-line.
  • We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.
  • To avoid a flood of material by a single submitter or overly frequent submissions, please send only one submission per quarter (one submission of poetry can include up to five poems).
  • Do not send a second submission until you have heard back from us considering the first one.
  • Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to us or whether you have submitted it to other magazines as well.
  • If another magazine accepts for publication work that you have also submitted to Room, advise us immediately.
  • We respond to all submissions by email. Our average response time is between two weeks and six months.
  • If you are using Hotmail or Gmail, please be sure to designate Room as an approved sender to prevent our response being caught up in your spam filters.
  • For information on our annual literary contests and cover art contest, please visit our contests page.
Ends on November 30, 2016$ 7.00 - 42.00
$ 7.00 - 42.00

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Entry Fee: $35 CAD ($42 USD for applicants outside of Canada).
All additional entries $7 each.

Entry includes a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription.

All winners will be published with an artist statement and profiled on Room magazine’s blog. Winners will have the option to submit additional artwork for the issue, which, if selected for publication, will be compensated for at our usual rates.

FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication on the cover of issue 40.2 of Room
: $50 + publication in issue 40.2 of Room
: publication on Room's website

Judges: Jillian Tamaki and Hangama Amiri

Rules & Details:

  • Room's contests are open to women, including trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people.
  • One cover art contest entry includes up to three images and corresponding artist statement(s). Please copy-and-paste the artist statement(s) in the section marked "Artist Statement" on the entry form in Submittable. 
  • Artist statements must be under 200 words.
  • Judging will be blind. Please ensure that your name, any personal details, and bio are not included in your submission document; this includes the image file names and corresponding artist statements. (You will have a chance to include your contact information in the Submittable form). Please do no include your name and bio in your artist's statement; you will have a chance to send us your bio after your work has been selected.
  • Cover letters are not necessary.
  • Please upload your artwork(s) in JPG or PDF form. Maximum file size 1 MB. Winners will be contacted for high resolution work.
  • There are no official guidelines for artwork dimensions, but please note that we will have to crop any artwork so that it fits the cover space (approximately 6 inches x 7 inches with a bleed). You can check out past covers of Room here.
  • Each entry must be original, and must not have appeared on the cover of another publication (works that have been published on your own website or on the interior pages of a book or magazine, and or have been featured in a public exhibition are eligible), and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

This form is for fiction submissions to Room Magazine. Don't forget to provide us with the following information:
  • Your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • An accurate word count of your piece.

Download Room's submission guidelines (PDF)

Don't forget to provide us with the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Download Room's submission guidelines (PDF)

Don't forget to provide us with the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • An accurate word count of your piece.

Download Room's submission guidelines (PDF)

Send us your most engaging work. These are not images to illustrate the literature, but submissions of their own standing. Submit up to five images (maximum of 1MB sized JPG or PDF) with a short paragraph about the work of art including: the title, size, medium and date. You can also direct us to your work online in your cover letter.