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 folks of marginalized genders including, but not limited to, 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. 

Note the following before submitting:

  • Submit only work that has not been previously published, in print or online.
  • Fiction and creative non-fiction: up to 3500 words.
  • Poetry: up to 5 poems.
  • Art: up to 5 images.
  • Submit all work in Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Double space all prose submissions.
  • We gladly accept simultaneous submissions. Please note in the "Bio" section whether your submission is exclusive to Room or whether you have submitted it to other magazines as well. If another magazine accepts your work for publication, please advise us immediately.
  • We do not charge for general submissions, with the exception of our annual contests.

Additional Information

  • All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD per page (up to a maximum of $200)
  • 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 4,000 submissions each year and can only publish approximately 80-100 pieces. So send your absolutely best piece(s) of work.
  • We do not publish the same writer more than twice a year, and never in consecutive issues.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 in one category—poetry (up to 5 poems), fiction, or creative non-fiction—per quarter. (Note: You may enter our contests and make a regular submission at the same time so long as the materials are different.)
  • Do not send a second submission until you have heard back from us considering the first one.
  • 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.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: JANUARY 30TH

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 $45 CAD if you reside in the US or $55 CAD if you reside outside of North America 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. 
  • 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. Submissions will by anonymous to the judges. 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

DEADLINE: MARCH 15TH, 2022

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 + publication in Room

SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Room

HONOURABLE MENTION: $100 + publication on Room's website

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 $45 CAD if you reside in the US or $55 CAD if you reside outside of North America 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. 


  • 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 prose initial entry is one short story of up to 3,500 words. An additional fiction entry is one short story of up to 3,500 words. Please double-space all prose submissions.


  • Submit your work in Times New Roman 12-point font.


  • You can only upload ONE document (.pdf, .doc, or .docx preferred; can also accept .rtf) per submission on Submittable, so you must submit your entire submission in one file. Do not include a cover letter. Do not include a bio. Cover letters and bios 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. Submissions will by anonymous to the judges. If your name is anywhere on your submission, it will be disqualified. Remove all bylines. Ensure that your name (legal name, regularly used nickname, or publishing pseudonym) 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 you wish to publish under a pseudonym, please do not include your pseudonym anywhere within the submission, including in the document file name, headers, footers, titles, or byline. You will have a chance to provide your pseudonym to the editor, should your piece be chosen as a winner.


  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication, and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.


  • 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 writers 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 for the 45.3 Audacity issue of Room Magazine.

We invite you to submit your unpublished work to the “Audacity” issue of Room—an issue we hope will dare to risk normalcy and politeness in the name of bold and uncompromising truth.

“Audacity” will be edited by Molly Cross-Blanchard (author of Exhibitionist) and assistant edited by Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, with shadow editors Ellen Chang-Richardson and Michelle Ha. The team will be looking for poetry, prose, black-and-white art and photographs, and mixed-genre/hybrid writing that goes against convention and tradition in favour of the uncensored, unfiltered, and decolonial.

We want you to show us what “Audacity” means to you. Maybe it stirs up some negative emotions, like the way a politician has the audacity to inflict harm, or a man has the audacity to explain kickboxing to the woman about to teach the class. But the writing we’re most interested in explores transformative audaciousness: the unapologetic embracing of the self, warts and all. Is it audacious to be naked? To use your body and let your body be used, however you want? To block an intersection with a sacred fire and sing? Is it audacious to be joyful and steady despite all the bullshit? To admit defeat? To say “fuck” in front of a child, or to tuck them in and read them a story even though no one ever did it for you? However you interpret our theme, the one aspect these submissions should have in common is bravery. This shouldn’t be easy, or comfortable; change never is.

Underrepresented writers—including but not exclusive to women, trans men, Two Spirit and non-binary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, and/or disabled—are particularly encouraged to submit.

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2022

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)

This form is for creative nonfiction submissions for the 45.3 Audacity issue of Room Magazine. 

We invite you to submit your unpublished work to the “Audacity” issue of Room—an issue we hope will dare to risk normalcy and politeness in the name of bold and uncompromising truth.

“Audacity” will be edited by Molly Cross-Blanchard (author of Exhibitionist) and assistant edited by Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, with shadow editors Ellen Chang-Richardson and Michelle Ha. The team will be looking for poetry, prose, black-and-white art and photographs, and mixed-genre/hybrid writing that goes against convention and tradition in favour of the uncensored, unfiltered, and decolonial.

We want you to show us what “Audacity” means to you. Maybe it stirs up some negative emotions, like the way a politician has the audacity to inflict harm, or a man has the audacity to explain kickboxing to the woman about to teach the class. But the writing we’re most interested in explores transformative audaciousness: the unapologetic embracing of the self, warts and all. Is it audacious to be naked? To use your body and let your body be used, however you want? To block an intersection with a sacred fire and sing? Is it audacious to be joyful and steady despite all the bullshit? To admit defeat? To say “fuck” in front of a child, or to tuck them in and read them a story even though no one ever did it for you? However you interpret our theme, the one aspect these submissions should have in common is bravery. This shouldn’t be easy, or comfortable; change never is.


Underrepresented writers—including but not exclusive to women, trans men, Two Spirit and non-binary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, and/or disabled—are particularly encouraged to submit.

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2022


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)

This form is for poetry submissions for the 45.3 Audacity issue of Room Magazine.

We invite you to submit your unpublished work to the “Audacity” issue of Room—an issue we hope will dare to risk normalcy and politeness in the name of bold and uncompromising truth.

“Audacity” will be edited by Molly Cross-Blanchard (author of Exhibitionist) and assistant edited by Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, with shadow editors Ellen Chang-Richardson and Michelle Ha. The team will be looking for poetry, prose, black-and-white art and photographs, and mixed-genre/hybrid writing that goes against convention and tradition in favour of the uncensored, unfiltered, and decolonial.

We want you to show us what “Audacity” means to you. Maybe it stirs up some negative emotions, like the way a politician has the audacity to inflict harm, or a man has the audacity to explain kickboxing to the woman about to teach the class. But the writing we’re most interested in explores transformative audaciousness: the unapologetic embracing of the self, warts and all. Is it audacious to be naked? To use your body and let your body be used, however you want? To block an intersection with a sacred fire and sing? Is it audacious to be joyful and steady despite all the bullshit? To admit defeat? To say “fuck” in front of a child, or to tuck them in and read them a story even though no one ever did it for you? However you interpret our theme, the one aspect these submissions should have in common is bravery. This shouldn’t be easy, or comfortable; change never is.

Underrepresented writers—including but not exclusive to women, trans men, Two Spirit and non-binary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, and/or disabled—are particularly encouraged to submit.

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2022

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)

This form is for visual art submissions for the 45.3 Audacity issue of Room Magazine.

We invite you to submit your unpublished work to the “Audacity” issue of Room—an issue we hope will dare to risk normalcy and politeness in the name of bold and uncompromising truth.

“Audacity” will be edited by Molly Cross-Blanchard (author of Exhibitionist) and assistant edited by Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, with shadow editors Ellen Chang-Richardson and Michelle Ha. The team will be looking for poetry, prose, black-and-white art and photographs, and mixed-genre/hybrid writing that goes against convention and tradition in favour of the uncensored, unfiltered, and decolonial.

We want you to show us what “Audacity” means to you. Maybe it stirs up some negative emotions, like the way a politician has the audacity to inflict harm, or a man has the audacity to explain kickboxing to the woman about to teach the class. But the writing we’re most interested in explores transformative audaciousness: the unapologetic embracing of the self, warts and all. Is it audacious to be naked? To use your body and let your body be used, however you want? To block an intersection with a sacred fire and sing? Is it audacious to be joyful and steady despite all the bullshit? To admit defeat? To say “fuck” in front of a child, or to tuck them in and read them a story even though no one ever did it for you? However you interpret our theme, the one aspect these submissions should have in common is bravery. This shouldn’t be easy, or comfortable; change never is.

Underrepresented writers—including but not exclusive to women, trans men, Two Spirit and non-binary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, and/or disabled—are particularly encouraged to submit.

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2022


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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