General Submission Guidelines

The Ex-Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world.

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Rates | Updated as of Fall 2023

  • $100 per interview
  • $200 per essay
  • $100 per review
  • $150 per work of fiction
  • $50 per poem, or $100 per poet if multiple poems are accepted
  • $50+ per experimental or hybrid work, at an increasing scale depending on the nature of the piece

Check back with the magazine regularly; The Ex-Puritan is working ever assiduously to increase these figures.

Please note that we can ONLY issue payments using e-transfer, PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD. If you cannot accept payment via e-transfer, PayPal or cheque from a Canadian bank, we cannot accept your submission.

Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of six categories: fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, reviews, and experimental/hybrid work. To submit to the experimental/hybrid section of the magazine, please email our section editors at [email protected]. All other submissions must go through our Submittable. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). The entry fee for the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence is $20; winners in fiction and poetry each receive $1,000 in cash prizes and runners-up are awarded $200.

Please note that in order to diversify the voices we publish, we have a limit on how frequently we will publish the same writer: you may publish with us once per year in up to two sections of the magazine.

All submissions received by March 25 will be considered for the spring issue, published in May. Those received by June 25 are considered for the summer issue in August. Those received by September 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in November. Those received by December 25 are considered for the winter issue, out in February. All submissions will receive a decision within four months of the submission date.

If you haven’t heard back from us in four months or for any other query not answered here, get in touch with us at [email protected]. Please note that we CANNOT accept email submissions. They will be discarded.

We are open to simultaneous submissions for all regular submission categories, but no simultaneous submissions are permitted for the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please contact us immediately at [email protected] to withdraw the piece.

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