What We’re Looking For

Fiction: Whether you’ve never published before or whether you’ve published seven novels, we’re looking for the same thing–compelling characters, plots that surprise us, stories that move us, stories that have something new to say. Please note that we are closed for fiction submissions until Fall 2016, when we will begin accepting manuscripts through Submittable.

Poetry: We love poems that are lyrical without being overwrought, and profound without being pretentious. We look for honesty of emotion, and images that arrest us. Please note that due to a substantial backlog, we are not accepting poetry submissions until further notice. Check back here in Fall 2016 for updates.

Non-Fiction: The creative non-fiction we publish mainly comes through our annual Non-Fiction Contest. We are looking for real-life experiences told as riveting narratives with distinct voices. We publish essays that feel artful and true. We accept general submissions of non-fiction throughout the year, but due to limited page space, it’s quite rare for us to publish a piece that comes to us this way.

Reviews: If you have opinions on books and know how to articulate them, we’d like to feature you as a reviewer! Read samples reviews on our blog for an idea of our style. Contact our Reviews Editor.

Your best bet at getting your work published in EVENT? Reading some of our issues. Find the current issue at Chapters, libraries or local newsstands; subscriptions and single issues in print or digital format can also be purchased online or through our office.


How to Submit

The Basics:

Submit three to eight poems or no more than two short stories (maximum 5,000 words each). Use standard manuscript formatting and do not mix genres when submitting. All work should be previously unpublished.

Attach a brief cover letter with your contact information, the title(s) of your submission(s) and a list of previous publication credits, if any. Tell us if you’d prefer your manuscript to be recycled rather than returned.

Include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope. Send Canadian stamps, IRCs or US$1 if you are submitting from outside Canada. Please note that we do not accept email submissions.

Mail your submission to:

PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
V3L 5B2   Canada

The Details:

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please advise us immediately should a piece under consideration be accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept prose and poetry submissions year round, but we don’t read during January, July, August or December, so response times during those months may be longer. Please note that we are currently closed for fiction submissions.
  • We review every manuscript we receive, most of which are unsolicited. During high volume periods, responses may take up to six months.
  • Please review our Editorial Policy for rights, payment policies and additional details.


Reading Service for Writers

If your manuscript needs another eye, try EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers. Manuscripts will be edited by one of EVENT’s experienced editors and receive an assessment of 700-1000 words detailing strengths and weaknesses, and providing recommendations for revision. All manuscripts submitted will also be considered for publication.