Submitting your work to Exile: The Literary Quarterly (ELQ)
and Exile Editions’ open call anthologies.
We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with two or three recent issues of ELQ to get an understanding of the “flavour” of our selective taste with regard to what we publish in our journal. We are particular in our belief that we have a duty to ourselves – and more importantly, our readers – to publish the best of both established and new writers, and artists, and we therefore have a very refined selection process. Also, the mistake many authors make is that they think submitting everywhere and anywhere is their best chance of getting published, but we have a No Multiple Submission policy. We wish you the best in your writing endeavours!
Some simple Guidelines for submitting to Exile:
1) As noted above, we DO NOT accept Multiple Submissions (ie, if you have submitted elsewhere the work you want to send us, then do not submit to us); and we DO NOT accept electronic submissions/e-mail submissions (these will simply be deleted upon receiving).
2) Fiction: we accept an average of 10-20 pages, although sometimes 1-2 pages, or as many as 30-40 pages, depending on the “body” and “individual integrity” of the work. This means that submissions generally fall within these lengths, and are expected to be a selection of your highest quality material.
3) Poetry: it is similar in that you can submit a few poems, or up to fifteen, again depending on the body of work.
4) Artists should no longer submit their work, as we have built up enough freelancers.
5) Otherwise, we have no further particular guidelines except that you choose your work conscientiously, mail it in to us to the address below, and include a SASE if you would like to receive a reply by mail, and/or want the submission returned (it can take 4-6 months to receive a reply, although we try to be quicker); if you prefer a reply by email, make sure to indicate that with your submission (and, of course, provide your email) and we’ll recycle your submission.
Direct your submissions to either the Fiction Editor or Poetry Editor, at:
ELQ/Excelsior Publishing Inc
170 Wellington Street West – PO Box 308
Mount Forest, ON, N0G 2L0
Four additional open submissions to be aware of:
1) We are an esteemed recommender for the OAC Writers Reserve Grants (opens September; we finalize our recommendations at the end of January, but best to submit very early due to the hundreds we receive). Note: before submitting for this grant, please go to the OAC (Ontario Arts Council) Web site at www.arts.on.ca for information/guidelines on submitting your work.
2) Exile’s Carter V. Cooper $15,000 Short Fiction Competition (2015-16) is open for a sixth year (closes Monday, March 21). $10,000 awarded for Best Story by an Emerging Writer, $5,000 for Best Story by a Writer at any career point.
• A unique competition and publishing opportunity for all Emerging and Established Canadian fiction writers. Download the CVC6 Entry Form 2015-16.
• Stories must not have been previously published, not scheduled for publication in book or anthology form prior to November 2016, and must not have been submitted elsewhere for publication consideration: Story length up to 10,000 words.
• The 2015-16 short listed writers will be published by Exile Editions in the CVC Anthology Series, Book Six, and all will be published over four issues in Exile: The Literary Quarterly (ELQ); our standard payment fees to authors will be applied.
• Seven winning and short listed authors have gone on to full-book publication with Exile Editions.
3) Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen $3,000 Poetry Competition (2015-16) is open for a fourth year (closes Monday, May 16, 2016). $1,500 for Best Suite by a Writer at Any Career Point, $1,000 for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer (new this year), $500 for Best Poem.
• A unique competition and publishing opportunity for all Emerging and Established Canadian fiction writers. Download the MacEwen4 Entry Form 2015-16.
• Poetry must not have been previously published, not scheduled for publication in book or anthology form prior to November 2016, and must not have been submitted elsewhere for publication consideration: Up to 8 poems can be submitted as a single submission, but the total page length of the submission is not to exceed 24 pages.
• The 2015-16 short listed writers will be published, over four issues, by Excelsior Publishing in the Exile: The Literary Quarterly (ELQ); our standard payment fees to authors will be applied. Poetry may also be considered for full-book publication with Exile Editions (in 2015, one winner and one shortlisted were published: Jeff Bien with In a Time of No Song, and Veronica Gaylie with Sword Dance).
4) New Anthologies open for submissions:
New Canadian Comedy (closing deadline February 7, 2016)
We are specifically seeking short works written by Canadians. Submissions can be on any topic you want, so long as the end result falls within the definition of “Hey, that’s funny.” No topic is taboo; no target is safe. Comedy being a necessarily subjective genre, we’re looking to cast the widest possible net. We will take all stories at face value. The final set should run the gamut of genres and styles, encapsulating the many forms humour may take. Editors Corey Redekop and Claude Lalumière. For full details and submissions: https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit
The Goethe Glass: Climate Fiction (closing deadline April 15, 2016)
Editor Bruce Meyer. In April of this 2015, Margaret Atwood addressed a packed auditorium in Barrie, Ontario, where she delivered an impassioned call to writers to respond to what is proving to be one of the great challenges of our time: climate change. Stories can be on any topic that is connected to climate change and its consequences. We are open to literary fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction – any kind of story that deals with the experience of climate change. For full details and submissions: https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit