**Due to a backlog of incredible work, as of June 22, 2022, The Fiddlehead is closed to fiction and creative nonfiction submissions until later in 2023. Please check back for updates on when we will be accepting fiction  and creative nonfiction submissions again.**


The Fiddlehead's regular submission period via Submittable is currently closed. Our reading periods are January 1 - 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.

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.

*Deadlines are midnight Pacific 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 does not publish work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, or racist. Strong writing treats identity categories with nuance.

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.

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.

$2000 CAD for Best Poem!


Good luck to all entrants. This year's contest deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2022 (postmarked for mailed entries and 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time for Submittable entries). Our judges this year are Dominique Béchard, shalan joudry, and Michael Prior. 


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Dominique Béchard

Dominique Béchard is the author of the poetry collection One Dog Town (Gaspereau Press, 2019) and the chapbook Infinity Mirror (Frog Hollow Press, 2022). She currently lives in Fredericton, on unceded Wolastoqiyik territory

shalan joudry

shalan is a Mi'kmaw mother, poet, playwright, oral storyteller and ecologist. Using her theatrical background, shalan brings Mi’kmaw stories to a new generation of listeners, as well as recounting personally crafted narratives. The author of three books, her most recent book, Waking Ground (2020) was shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award, the Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award, the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Poetry in English. She lives in her home territory of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia) with her family in their community of L’sətkuk (Bear River First Nation).

Michael Prior

Michael Prior is the author of two books of poems: Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart, 2020), which won the Canada-Japan Literary Award and the BC & Yukon Book Prizes’ Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Model Disciple (Véhicule Press, 2016), which was named one of the best books of the year by the CBC. Prior was a 2021-2022 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library and is currently a 2021-2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow with the Jerome Foundation. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, the Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, PN Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, and elsewhere.


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 Thursday, December 1, 2022 (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 accounts for the exchange rate and is $50 CAD (approximately $40 USD) for the first entry and $10 CAD for additional entries.
  • 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 #295 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.
  • You can only upload ONE file when entering via Submittable, (pdf, doc or .docx preferred; rtfs acceptable). 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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