GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world.
Submissions received between Dec. 26 and Mar. 25 are considered for the spring issue, published in early May. Those received between Mar. 26 and June 25 are considered for the summer issue, published in late early Aug. Those received between June 26 and Sept. 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in Nov. Those received between Sept. 26 and Dec. 25 are considered for the winter issue, published in Feb.
*Note: Submissions of fiction and poetry received between Mar. 26 and June 25 will be assessed and selected by two special editors as part of Guest Summer Editors Series. Issue 34: Summer 2016 was edited by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (fiction) and Sonnet L’Abbé (poetry), and Issue 38: Summer 2017 will be edited by Amy Jones (fiction) and Vivek Shraya (poetry).
Our current publication rates stand as:
- $100 per interview,
- $100 per essay,
- $100 per review,
- $50 per work of fiction, and
- $15 per poem (or page, capped at $60 for poems running four pages or more).
Check back with the magazine regularly; The Puritan is working ever assiduously to increase these figures.
Please note that the publication rates for works that appear in our occasional Supplement Series are reduced due to volume. Each accepted work of non-fiction, fiction, or group of poems will receive an honorarium of $20.
Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of five categories: fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). Only e-mail submissions through our online submissions manager are accepted (save those trees for maypoles, or theses).
The Puritan prefers not to publish fiction or poetry by the same writer more than once a year. If you have been published in the magazine, please only submit again after a year has elapsed (this guideline does not apply to contests, or non-fiction).
Upon receiving your submission, we will respond with an e-mail confirmation within a few days. You may have to wait a few months to hear back from us on our final verdict. This is standard procedure. Only inquire about your work if you haven’t heard back from us after four months.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please remember to inform us immediately if your work is picked up by another publication. Please only submit one story, one review, one interview, one essay, or up to four poems per issue reading period. Any additional work received will be deleted without acknowledgement.
The Puritan purchases first North American serial rights for published works, reverting back to the author upon publication. We would appreciate a statement of acknowledgement in any reprinted editions. The Puritan grants permission to anthologists for printing contributors’ work if their whereabouts are unknown.
For all work other than poetry, please abide by the following rules. Leave only one space after periods. Use three periods for an ellipsis … like so. Double-space your work, include your name and contact information on the first page, provide a clear title, and number your pages. Use a no-nonsense font (submissions in Comic Sans, Jokerman, and Papyrus will be cast off immediately). Use proper EM dashes and try to abide by Canadian spelling (and spellcheck, proofread, obsess, etc.). Be consistent in your formatting.
As our mandate describes, feel encouraged to push boundaries. We have diverse tastes; try us out. Length is up to you, but a story over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Stories of high quality and high word counts may be considered for serialization. Please read the fiction in our last two or three issues in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published. Only send one story at a time, unless you are writing flash fiction (or stories under 500 words), in which case you can send up to three.
We are no longer accepting essays through our regular submission process. Instead, we encourage interested writers in to pitch us here. Pitches should be no more than 500 words, and contain a clear, succinct description of the proposed piece and a rationale for why it would be a good fit for The Puritan.
Baffle us, tangle us up, or break our hearts. We’re looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). Once again, please familiarize yourself with our last two issues. Send up to four poems at a time.
We’re looking for longer-form interviews and in-depth conversations with literary types—nothing under 2,000 words will be accepted. Interviews must be thoughtful, compelling, and original. Strive for depth. They must also be conducted with writers, publishers, editors, and other sorts involved in the world of books and publishing. Please read the last few interviews we’ve published to get a feel for what we might be interested in.
Please supply your interview with a title that includes the name of your interviewee, such as “The Steadfast Heart:” An Interview with William Bradford. Send only one interview at a time.
To pitch a specific interview or conversation, please contact Interviews Editor E Martin Nolan here.
Reviews can be up to 6,000 words in length, with a minimum word count of 1,500 words. We are looking for insightful and challenging reviews of recently released fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Whatever your focus, perspective, or opinion, provide us with a close reading of the text. We prefer to publish reviews of books released by small(er) Canadian publishers, but are open to other works, as well; as always, please read our last few issues to get a sense of the scope and depth of the reviews we’ve published.
Please supply your review with a title, and the necessary information about the book you are reviewing. Send only one review at a time. Abide by the following model as a heading for your piece: Title, Publisher, Year, Price, Number of Pages, and then your name, like so:
“Ahead of His Time:” A Review of Thomas Morton’s The New English Canaan.
The Prince Society, 1883.
$19.95, 300 pages.
Review by Mortimer Sneed.
For pitches, review copies, publisher catalogues, press releases, and related inquiries, please contact Reviews Editor Bardia Sinaee here.
TOWN CRIER EDITORS-IN-RESIDENCE
The Town Crier is looking for Editors in Residence.
Every year, 6 Editors in Residence take creative control of the blog for 1 month each. They are responsible for soliciting, editing, and publishing 8-10 nonfiction pieces throughout the month on a chosen literary theme or concept, in addition to writing 4 of their own pieces to introduce and develop their theme.
The Editor in Residence program exists to foster editorial talent and recognize the work of the people behind digital publishing. We want to give Editors in Residence a space where they can bring their perspectives and ideas to a ready platform with an established audience. It’s their role to put contributors’ pieces in conversation with each other. The position comes with a $200 honorarium.
Unfortunately, we cannot pay an Editor in Residence’s contributors. Please see our General Submissions for The Puritan’s nonfiction publication rates for longer pieces.
To apply for the Editor in Residence in position, send a brief (500 word maximum) email to towncrieronline [at] gmail [dot] com outlining your idea for a theme, its relevance to contemporary digital publishing, your previous publications, and a list of potential contributors you would foreseeably approach.
As part of our MicroLit Reviews series, The Town Crier is also looking for 400-600 word reviews of micro press books, chapbooks, broadsides, zines, visual poetry, digital literature projects, and everything else weird and wonderful being made in literary communities across North America.
Microliterature is what comes out of small (or digital) literary scenes and communities. It passes under the radar of major publishers and literary arts media. It’s read by a small but engaged audience and it lives close to feedback, criticism, and encouragement. The Town Crier wants to expose how these works are made and received.
Please send all submissions to towncrieronline [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject heading: MicroLit Reviews Submission. Feel free to ask about review copies as we work with a number of micro presses in Canada. Submissions are ongoing.