The Fiddlehead's regular submission period via Submittable is currently closed. Our reading periods are January 15 - March 31 and September 15 - November 30. We accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Due to overwhelming submission volume, once your work has been submitted, we cannot process substitutions or modifications. Mailed submissions (in any category) are accepted and considered throughout the year.

***Please note, due to overwhelming submission volume we will not be accepting submissions from international authors during the January 15 - March 31 period. We will politely decline all international submissions received during this reading period. Please think of The Fiddlehead during our next submission period in the fall.***

We have three writing contests: 

  • Creative Nonfiction: opens March 1. Deadline June 1. Winning piece to be published in fall issue. 
  • Short Fiction: opens June 1. Deadline September 1. Winning story to be published in winter issue.
  • Poetry: opens September 1. Deadline December 1. Winning poem to be published in spring issue.

*If a deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline moves to the Monday. Deadlines are midnight Atlantic Time. Mailed submissions must be postmarked.

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The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate is around 1-2% (we are, however, famous for our rejection notes!). Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.

The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, or racist.

If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead, you should read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal. Consider subscribing  or contact us to order sample back issues ($10-$15 plus postage). 


General Guidelines for Unsolicited Submissions
• Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.

The Fiddlehead buys first serials rights; copyright is retained by the author at all times, and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.

• Writers may only submit once per calendar year per genre. (This does not include our contests).

• Please wait for an editorial response before submitting again. We try our best to respond in a timely matter, but due to volume of submissions, a response may take 6 months or more. Please wait 6 months before querying. 

• We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit work that has been previously published or accepted for publication, including in anthologies, chapbooks, blogs, Facebook pages, or online journals.

• For online submissions, please submit one file containing your creative work (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.

• For hard copy, mailed submissions, all submissions should be typed/word-processed, spell-checked, and paginated. Please use white paper, print on one side only, and put your name on every page of your submission.

• In Submittable, please copy and paste your cover letter and biographical statement in the appropriate fields. 

• Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to The Fiddlehead or whether you have submitted it to other magazines simultaneously. If another magazine accepts your work for publication that you have also submitted to us, then please advise us immediately.

***Please note, due to overwhelming submission volume we will not be accepting submissions from international authors during the January 15 - March 31 period. We will politely decline all international submissions received during this reading period. Please think of The Fiddlehead during our next submission period in the fall.***

A poetry submission should be single-spaced.  Please submit no more than 6 poems per submission and no more than 12 pages total.  No more than one poem on a page, and all poems should be included in one file. This form will be open February 15 - April 30, and again on September 15 - November 30. Mailed submissions are accepted year-round. We at The Fiddlehead love hearing that you appreciate the comments we offer, but unfortunately, given the volume of submissions we get, we can’t respond to further emails or inquiries.  And please remember that you can only submit once a year!

***Please note, due to overwhelming submission volume we will not be accepting submissions from international authors during the January 15 - March 31 period. We will politely decline all international submissions received during this reading period. Please think of The Fiddlehead during our next submission period in the fall.***

Please submit one piece of short fiction only and wait for a response before you submit again. Your story should be double-spaced and max. 6000 words. Please specify at the top of the first page the number of words in the story.   This form will be open February 15 - April 30, and again on September 15 - November 30. Mailed submissions are accepted year-round.  We at The Fiddlehead love hearing that you appreciate the comments we offer, but unfortunately, given the volume of submissions we get, we can’t respond to further emails or inquiries.  And please remember that you can only submit once a year!

***Please note, due to overwhelming submission volume we will not be accepting submissions from international authors during the January 15 - March 31 period. We will politely decline all international submissions received during this reading period. Please think of The Fiddlehead during our next submission period in the fall.***

Creative nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Accompanying images may be considered. This form will be open February 15 - April 30, and again on September 15 - November 30. Mailed submissions are accepted year-round. We at The Fiddlehead love hearing that you appreciate the comments we offer, but unfortunately, given the volume of submissions we get, we can’t respond to further emails or inquiries.  And please remember that you can only submit once a year!

Your subscription will be mailed to the address on your Submittable account. Please email us at fiddlehd@unb.ca if there is a change of address.

Your subscription will be mailed to the address on your Submittable account. Please email us at fiddlehd@unb.ca if there is a change of address.

Your subscription will be mailed to the address on your Submittable account. Please email us at fiddlehd@unb.ca if there is a change of address.

Your subscription will be mailed to the address on your Submittable account. Please email us at fiddlehd@unb.ca if there is a change of address.

For Canadian addresses, the price for this single issue is $17 CAD

Please email fiddlehd@unb.ca if you would like to order an earlier back issue or if you would like to bundle several back issues together.

Prices include $5.00 shipping and handling.

For US addresses, the price is $17 USD, and outside of North America, the price is $22 USD.

Please email fiddlehd@unb.ca if you would like to order an earlier back issue or if you would like to bundle several back issues together.

Prices include $5.00 shipping and handling.

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