• 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  • We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.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.
Ends on November 30, 2017$7.00 - 42.00
$7.00 - 42.00

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Entry Fee

$35 CAD for entries from a Submittable account with a Canadian address. 
$42 USD for entries from a Submittable account with an address 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 41.2 of Room
SECOND PRIZE
: $50 + publication in issue 41.2 of Room
HONOURABLE MENTION
: publication on Room's website

Judge: Zainub Verjee, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Rules & Details:

  • Room's contests are open to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary 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 regardless of the number of artworks submitted.
  • 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. The submission fee is non-refundable. 
  • 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. The submission fee is non-refundable. 
  • 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. Please ensure that your name, any personal details, and bio are not included anywhere in your submission document, in the image file names, in the title of your submission, or in the corresponding artist statements. (You will have a chance to include your contact information in your Submittable account. Please insure your contact information in Submittable is up-to-date so that we may contact you.). Again, do not 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. Including your name may lead to disqualification.
  • Cover letters are not accepted or forwarded to the judge. Please do not include one.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Any entry that does not meet these guidelines may be disqualified. 
Please direct any questions or concerns to contests@roommagazine.com
Ends on January 15, 2018$7.00 - 42.00
$7.00 - 42.00
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2017

Short Forms 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. 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 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. No refunds are provided for selecting the incorrect fee option. 
  • All initial submissions include a one-year subscription to Room. Additional entries do not include an additional free subscription.
  • Each entry can consist of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative non-fictions of up to 500 words each. No partial refunds are provided for entering only one piece in your initial entry. No refunds are provided for additional entries because you mistakenly entered one piece in your initial entry, instead of two. 
  • Authors are not required to clarify the genre(s) they are writing in, as long as each individual work is 500 words or less. All submissions, regardless of genre, will be judged in a single category, and two prizes of $500 will be awarded. 
  • 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 all bylines. Ensure that your name and any personal details (that would make your identity obvious to the judge) are not included in your submission document, including in headers, footers, titles, or in the file name. If your name is key to your nonfiction piece or poem, then please change all references to your name TO A PSEUDONYM for the judging period. You will have the opportunity to change it back if your piece is selected as a winner. Conversely, if you wish to publish under a pseudonym, please do not include your pseudonym in the notes or Submittable account information. You will have a chance to provide your pseudonym to the editor, should your piece be chosen as a winner.
  • Do not include a cover letter. Do not include a bio. Cover letters and bios will not be forwarded to the judge. 
  • 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 (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people.
  • Any submission that does not meet these guidelines will be disqualified. The submission fee is non-refundable. 
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.