SUBMISSIONS

THOMAS MORTON MEMORIAL PRIZE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

☞ SUBMIT ONLINE.

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The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction).

In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 17 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $750.

This year’s growing list of donating presses includes:

  • BookThug
  • Brick Books
  • Caitlin Press
  • Chaudiere Books
  • Coach House Books
  • Cormorant Books
  • Coteau Books
  • Dundurn Press
  • ECW Press
  • Freehand Books
  • Goose Lane Editions/Icehouse Poetry
  • Guernica Editions
  • Hamish Hamilton/Riverhead Books
  • House of Anansi Press/Astoria
  • Mansfield Press
  • The Porcupine’s Quill
  • Random House/McClelland & Stewart

All submissions must be previously unpublished. All submissions must be in size 12, Times New Roman, Garamond, or Arial typefaces. Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. Each poetry submission is limited to four poems or four pages, whichever comes first. Each fiction submission must be double-spaced and must be no more than 8,000 words. Nevertheless, authors may submit multiple times in one or both fields.

Any submission that does not abide by the above guidelines will be rejected without refund.

Every submission to The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize must be accompanied by a PayPal donation of $15. If the name on your PayPal account differs from the name on your submission, please be sure to indicate this in the body of your submission or in your PayPal comments. Upon receipt of your donation and literary submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Winning entries are announced in October, 2014.

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

☞ SUBMIT ONLINE.

The Puritan seeks submissions all year round.

Submissions received between Dec. 26 and Mar. 25 are considered for the spring issue, published in late April/early May. Those received between Mar. 26 and June 25 are considered for the summer issue, published in late July/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 late Jan./early Feb.

The Puritan pays high bounties for quality work!

Our current publication rates stand as:

  • $50 per interview,
  • $50 per essay or review,
  • $40 per work of fiction, and
  • $15 per poem.

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).

Send all questions and messages to puritanmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com

Send only your very best writing.

Upon receiving your submission, we will promptly respond with an e-mail confirmation. 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, 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.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

Fiction

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.

Essays

See above. Send only one piece at a time. Non-fiction submissions can be anything from memoirs and creative non-fiction to academic essays on a literary subject. We’re open to just about anything, but the more literary your topic, the better.

Poetry

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.

Interviews

We’re looking for longer-form interviews—anything under 2,000 words will not 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. Understand that your subject may be contacted in order to verify that your submission was indeed a legitimate conversation.

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.

Reviews

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. 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.

If you would like to review on a regular basis for The Puritan, please send us a sample review (published or not), and we may enlist you in our ever-growing team of elect reviewers.

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