Submission Guidelines

Our number one criteria, above all else, is mastery of craft. Though Qwerty has primarily published literary fiction and fine art, we have no qualms with publishing genre fiction that subverts convention, experimental work that inverts tradition in pursuit of innovative storytelling, or images that play on the senses in unusual ways.

So go ahead: send us your stories that tap into the lower depths of the public consciousness. And also send us your poems and photos about the zombie apocalypse. So long as it’s exemplary, we’d be delighted to feature your work in future issues of Qwerty Magazine.

What to send:

Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction/Reviews: We accept previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Your submission must be double-spaced, in 12-point font and with 1-inch margins on all the pages. Please send only one story at a time.

Poetry: We accept previously unpublished poetry in any style. You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry, single-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Each poem should begin on a new page, and any poems submitted online should be in a single file.

Artwork and Photography: We accept up to five high-quality, unpublished black & white prints per submission. Colour prints may be considered for inclusion within the magazine, but please be aware that everything will be printed in black-and-white.

Submit by mail:

Submissions may be sent by mail to:

c/o UNB English Dept.
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A3

All submissions should be typewritten and include a cover letter listing your name, address, phone number, bio and email address. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for our reply.

If you are submitting from outside Canada, you must either include a sufficient number of International Reply Coupons to cover return postage or opt to receive a reply by email instead. If you would like a reply by email please mention this in your cover letter.

Submit online:

We are pleased to accept submissions online through Submishmash. In order to use this system you must register for Submishmash. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept submissions by email at this time.

What happens next:

Qwerty is staffed entirely by volunteers, and response time varies between 4 to 6 months. Please wait until that time has elapsed to contact us about the status of your submission. If you need to withdraw a submission sent by mail, please do so by contacting Submissions sent through Submishmash may be withdrawn from the Submishmash website. Please wait until you have received a reply to your first submission before submitting again.

Contributors whose work is selected for publication are rewarded with two free copies of the magazine as well as immortalization on the printed page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact