The Fiddlehead's submission periods via Submittable are currently closed. Our reading periods are February 15 - April 30 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.

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 annual contest: you may submit multiple times, so long as the work is not under consideration elsewhere. See complete contest guidelines here .) 

• 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.

Order an issue! 

Note: No. 285 (Autumn 2020) is sold out!

For Canadian addresses, the price for a single issue is $15 CAD ($20 CAD for Summer). For US addresses, the price is $15 USD ($20 USD for Summer), and outside of North America, the price is $20USD ($25 USD for Summer). 

Please contact us if you don't see the issue you want or for bundling several back issues together. 

Price includes shipping.

Summer issues are significantly larger and focus on one genre. here's the upcoming publication schedule:

  • Summer 2021: Fiction  
  • Summer 2022: Creative Nonfiction
  • Summer 2023: Poetry
75th Anniversary Cover 


Place your order now for our 75th Anniversary Issue

This issue, edited by The Fiddlehead's advisory board, includes contributions from  Roy J. Adams, Mary Barnes, Brandi Bird, J.D. Black, Selina Boan, Nicole Breit, Brian Brett, Laurie Brinklow, Jake Byrne, Antony Di Nardo, Jo-Anne Elder, Tanya Evanson, Alyda Faber, Sue Goyette, Mackenzie Ground, Maureen Scott Harris, Maheen Hyder, shalan joudry, Jónína Kirton, Eva Kolacz, Hege A. Jakobsen Lepri, Lee Maracle, Rachel McCrum, Sofia Mostaghimi, Susan Musgave, Nolan Natasha, Cecily Nicholson, Arleen Paré, Barbara Pelman, E. Alex Pierce, Michelle Porter, Gabriel Robichaud, Ingrid Ruthig, Clarisse Baleja Saïdi, Anna Swanson, Michelle Sylliboy, Émilie Turmel, Arielle Twist, Jean Van Loon, Margo Wheaton.

Includes artwork is by Sophie Hamidovic, Saman Sarheng, April White.

For Canadian addresses, the price for this special issue is $15 CAD. For US addresses, the price is $15 USD. And outside of North America, the price is $20 USD.  

All these prices include shipping.


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