The Fiddlehead's regular submission period via Submittable is currently open. 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 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.

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 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!

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!

For Canadian addresses, the price for this single issue is $15 CAD 


For US addresses, the price is $15 USD, and outside of North America, the price is $20 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.


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.


For Canadian addresses, the price for this single issue is $20 CAD 

For US addresses, the price is $20 USD, and outside of North America, the price is $25 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.

Summer issues are significantly larger and focus on one genre. Here is the upcoming publication schedule:

  • Summer 2021: Fiction
  • Summer 2022: Creative Nonfiction
  • Summer 2023: Poetry
  • Summer 2024: Fiction

For Canadian addresses, the price for this single issue is $15 CAD 


For US addresses, the price is $15 USD, and outside of North America, the price is $20 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.


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

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.

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

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.

For Canadian addresses, the price for this single issue is $23 CAD 


For US addresses, the price is $23 USD, and outside of North America, the price is $28 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.


Summer issues are significantly larger and focus on one genre. Here is the upcoming publication schedule:

  • Summer 2022: Creative Nonfiction
  • Summer 2023: Poetry
  • Summer 2024: Fiction


                                                                                          $2000 CAD for Best Poem!

Good luck to all entrants. This year's contest deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (postmarked for mailed entries and 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time for Submittable entries). Our judges this year are Selina Boan, Matthew Gwathmey and Susan Musgrave!


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Selina Boan is a white settler-nehiyaw writer living on the traditional, unceded territories of thexʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples.

Her debut poetry collection, Undoing Hours, was released this Spring with Nightwood Editions. Her work has been published widely, including The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and 2020. She has received several honours, including the 2017 National Magazine Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2020 CBC poetry award. She is currently a poetry editor for Rahila’s Ghost Press and is a member of The Growing Room Collective.

Matthew Gwathmey lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Wolastoqey Territory. He studied creative writing at the University of Virginia and is currently working on his PhD at UNB. His first poetry collection, Our Latest in Folktales, was published by Brick Books in the spring of 2019.

Susan Musgrave has published more than 30 books. She has been nominated and won awards for writing in five different categories: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and for her work as an editor. A new book of poetry, Exculpatory Lilies, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2022..

She lives on Haida Gwaii, off Canada’s northwest coast, where she owns and manages Copper Beech Guest House, and teaches poetry in UBC’s Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She spends part of every year in the west of Ireland.


Contest General Rules and Information:

  • Entries must be original and unpublished. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. This means that an entry must not be under consideration elsewhere for publication, nor accepted elsewhere for publication, nor entered in any other contest. Work that has appeared on the internet (e.g., online magazines, blogs, or social media sites) is considered published for the purposes of this contest and is ineligible.
  • An entry must be the original work of the person who is submitting it and the name and contact information provided must be the author’s. Contest entries should be submitted under the author’s real name. If you use a pseudonym for your published works, you will have a chance to inform the editor of this should your work be selected by the judges
  • All entries must be submitted by mail or via Submittable. This year's contest deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (postmarked for mailed entries and before 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time for Submittable entries). No faxed or emailed submissions are allowed.
  • The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic or racist.
  • No revisions or changes may be made to an entry once you have submitted it. So please carefully check your entry before you enter it into the contest.
  • Judging for the contest is anonymous. Do not put your name or contact information or other identifying information (e.g., publishing pseudonyms) anywhere on your actual entry. For mailed entries place your name and contact information on an accompanying cover page along with information about the submission requested below. For Submittable entries, there will be a place on the Submittable form for your name and contact information.
  • One poetry entry is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem. If a poem is longer than one page, please make sure that each page is numbered and has the poem’s title in the header. Each poem should start on a new page. Poems may be single spaced. For mailed entries the title and the number of lines for each poem should be noted on the cover page. For Submittable entries, the title and the number of lines for each poem should be noted in the Submittable form.
  • The entry fee for your first entry depends on where you are living. If your address is in Canada, then the fee for first entry is $35 CAD. Additional entries after that first contest entry are $10 CAD. If you do not live in Canada, then the fee for your first entry is $40 USD and additional entries after that first entry are $10 USD.
  • You must submit a first entry (and pay the first entry fee) before submitting an additional entry. If you submit an additional entry without first submitting that first entry, your entry may be disqualified, and the entry fee will not be returned.
  • You will receive a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead with your first entry. New subscriptions will start with the next issue      published after the contest closes. Already a subscriber? — you'll receive a one-year extension to your current subscription. Additional      entries do not receive an additional subscription or subscription      extension.
  • The Fiddlehead occasionally swaps its subscription list with other literary organizations. If you don't wish to be included in such exchanges, please state this on your entry's cover page.
  • The contest winner will be contacted directly (by either email or telephone) 2-3 months after the contest deadline. Other entrants will not be individually contacted about the results. Authors’ names and the titles of the works that make a shortlist of 10-15 will appear on The Fiddlehead  website. The winner will be announced on the website and on The Fiddlehead social media spaces at a later date.
  • The winning entry will be published in issue #291 of The Fiddlehead and on our website. There is a publication payment in addition to the contest prize. The current publication payment rate is $60/page.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will be published on The Fiddlehead website when the issue featuring the      winning piece is published.
  • An entry will be disqualified (no matter at what stage in the contest process it is at), if it is discovered that an entry has violated      the contest rule on simultaneous submissions, prior publication, or original authorship. The entry fee will not be reimbursed; however, the entrant will still receive the one-year subscription if the entry was an initial entry.
  • An entry may be disqualified (no matter at what stage in the contest process it is at), if it is discovered that the author entered      that entry as an additional entry and never submitted and paid for a first entry. The entry fee will be not be reimbursed; and if a subscription was started in error, it will immediately be cancelled.

For Submittable entries:

  • You can only upload ONE file when entering via Submittable, (doc or .docx preferred; rtfs acceptable). Please do not submit your entry as a pdf. Do not include a cover letter or bio as part of that file. Cover letters and bios will be deleted from any entry file.
  • Remember only use the additional entry category IF you have already submitted and paid for a first contest entry.

For mailed entries:

Please send mailed submission to:

The Fiddlehead
 Campus House
 11 Garland Ct
 University of New Brunswick
 PO Box 4400   
 Fredericton NB  
 E3B 5A3  
 Canada

Please make cheque payable to The Fiddlehead.

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