• Thank you for considering Room for the publication of your original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. 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  • We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.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.
  • Please note that the information and guidelines above apply to regular submissions. Our contests have different guidelines. Click on the contest categories below for rules specific to that contest. For information on our annual literary contests and cover art contest, please also visit our contests page.

Thank you for considering Room’s online reading series, Turtle Island Responds, for the publication of your original news-related poem. Room publishes original work by women (cis and trans), trans men, Two-Spirit, and non-binary people. For this series we ask that only people from marginalized or underrepresented communities directly affected by the news that inspired their poem submit. 

Please be sure to send us work that has not been previously published in print or on-line. All contributors will be paid upon publication: $25 CAD for one poem. 

You will also receive a one-year subscription to Room Magazine’s print issues. 

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

We ask that you include a brief bio and an author statement to provide some background information (a paragraph at most) as to why this poem and maybe even why now. Your bio and/or your author statement must show your connection to the news and/or community that you are writing about as transparency is important. The bio and author statement will be posted online with your poem. Please see past posts for examples of how others have done this. 

Please also be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Ends on January 15, 2019$7.00 - 42.00
$7.00 - 42.00

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019

FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication on the cover of an issue of Room
SECOND PRIZE: $50 + publication inside an issue of Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: publication on Room's website

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.

Cover Art 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 submit your initial entry, 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. No refunds are provided for selecting the incorrect fee option. 
  • If you reside in Canada (at the Canadian address associated with your Submittable account, regardless of citizenship), the fee is $35 CAD to submit your initial entry, 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. No refunds are provided for selecting the incorrect fee option. 
  • One cover art contest initial 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. 
  • Each entry must not have appeared on the cover of another publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition. 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.
  • Please upload your artwork(s) in JPG or PDF form. Maximum file size is 1 MB. Winners will be contacted for high resolution images.
  • 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.
  • Artist statements must be under 150 words regardless of the number of artworks submitted. An artist statement is NOT a bio, it is statement about or introduction to your artwork. Do not include a bio. Do not include a cover letter. Bios and cover letters will be deleted and will not be forwarded to the judge. 
  • All initial entries include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription. You must submit an initial entry before submitting an additional entry. If you submit an additional entry without first submitting an initial entry, your additional entry may be disqualified without refund.
  • Your name cannot appear ANYwhere in or on your submission. Judging will be blind. If your name is anywhere on your submission, it will be disqualified. Remove, cover, or blur all artist's signatures from your artwork. Ensure that your name (legal name, regularly used nickname, or artist pseudonym) and any personal details (that would make your identity obvious to the judge) are not included in your submission, including in titles, file names, or in the artist's statement.
  • Room's contests are open to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. We specifically encourage writers with overlapping under-represented identities to submit their work. Previously commissioned Room artists or Room Contest judges are disqualified from entering the contest.
  • Any submission that does not meet these guidelines will be disqualified. The entry fee is non-refundable. 
  • Please direct any questions or concerns to contests@roommagazine.com
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.

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