• 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 page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five 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  • We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.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.
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Poetry Contest Guidelines:

  • The cost of entry is dependent upon the location of your residence. 
  • If you reside outside of Canada (whether you are Canadian or not), the fee is $42 USD to enter your first submission, and $7 USD for each additional entry. Residence is based on the address associated with your Submittable account. This is where your subscription will be shipped. Under "Fee," select the correct payment amount from the drop-down menu. You must choose the appropriate submission fee option, or your piece may be disqualified.
  • If you reside in Canada (at the Canadian address associated with your Submittable account, regardless of citizenship), the fee is $35 CAD to enter your first submission, and $7 CAD for each additional entry. Residence is based on the address associated with your Submittable account. This is where your subscription will be shipped. Under "Fee," select the correct payment amount from the drop-down menu. You must choose the appropriate submission fee option, or your piece may be disqualified.
  • You must pay for a first submission before you submit a second file as an additional entry. 
  • All first submissions include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription.
  • Judging will be blind. Your name cannot appear anywhere in or on your submission. Please ensure that your name and any personal details (such as your address) are not included in your submission document, including in headers, footers, titles, or in the file name. Do not include a cover letter. Cover letters will not be forwarded to the judge. You will have a chance to provide your pseudonym to the editor, should your piece be chosen as a winner.
  • One poetry first submission includes up to three poems or 150 lines of poetry in a single document. An additional poetry entry can include up to three poems or 150 lines of poetry in a single document. Please start each poem at the top of a new page in one single document.
  • You can only upload ONE document (.doc, or .docx preferred; can also accept .pdf and .rtf) per submission on Submittable, so you must submit your entire poetry submission in one file.
  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication, and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.
  • Previously commissioned Room writers or Room Contest judges are disqualified from entering the contest.
  • Room's contests are open to women, trans, two-spirited, and genderqueer people.
  • Any submission that does not meet these guidelines will be disqualified. The submission fee is non-refundable. 

Fiction Contest Guidelines:

  • The cost of entry is dependent upon the location of your residence.
  • If you reside outside of Canada (whether you are Canadian or not), the fee is $42 USD to enter your first submission, and $7 USD for each additional entry. Residence is based on the address associated with your Submittable account. This is where your subscription will be shipped. Under "Fee," select the correct payment amount from the drop-down menu. You must choose the appropriate submission fee option, or your piece may be disqualified.
  • If you reside in Canada (whether as a citizen, permanent resident, or temporary visitor), the fee is $35 CAD to enter your first submission, and $7 CAD for each additional entry. Residence is based on the address associated with your Submittable account. This is where your subscription will be shipped. Under "Fee," select the correct payment amount from the drop-down menu. You must choose the appropriate submission fee option, or your piece may be disqualified.
  • You must pay for a first submission before you submit a second file as an additional entry. 
  • All first submissions include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription.
  • Judging will be blind. Your name cannot appear anywhere in or on your submission. Please ensure that your name and any personal details (such as your address) are not included in your submission document, including in headers, footers, titles, or in the file name. Do not include a cover letter. Cover letters will not be forwarded to the judge. You will have a chance to provide your pseudonym to the editor, should your piece be chosen as a winner.
  • One prose first submission is one short story of up to 3,500 words. An additional fiction entry is one short story of up to 3,500 words. 
  • You can only upload ONE document (.doc, or .docx preferred; can also accept .pdf and .rtf) per submission on Submittable, so you must submit your entire submission in one file.
  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication, and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.
  • Previously commissioned Room writers or Room Contest judges are disqualified from entering the contest.
  • Room's contests are open to women, trans, two-spirited, and genderqueer people.
  • Any submission that does not meet these guidelines will be disqualified. The submission fee is non-refundable.
  • Please double-space prose submissions, use a 12-point font, and leave a 1" to 1.5" margin. Exceptions to this rule are given for unusual or experimental structures (no need to ask first).
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.