SUBMISSIONS

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how do i submit to blank spaces magazine?

Blank Spaces is open to submissions on an ongoing basis. To submit writing, photography, or art to be considered for publication, please read and follow these guidelines.


PLEASE NOTE: release months are also FREE SUBMISSION months (September, December, March, and June)
 

If we decide to publish your piece, we promise you will hear from us. Cross our hearts! So please don't email us asking whether we have read or accepted your submission. We will do our best to contact everyone in a timely manner but please be gracious - this is a heart project, after all, and we have day jobs and families to care for too.

Submissions that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be eligible for consideration.

Submissions that do follow the submission guidelines are not guaranteed publication. We intend to publish the best that comes across our desk. Sometimes we will offer suggestions for edits in order to help your piece better fit our vision, or we may decide your piece is more appropriate as a feature on our blog than in print. You will be kept in the loop regarding all decisions and will be notified of your publication date well in advance.

We are trusting you to send us your strongest work. Please trust us to know how it is best served. In all things, be polite and be gracious. We would love to build a lasting relationship with you, offering you more opportunities in the future but we're only open to that if you play by the rules.

[Would you prefer to download a PDF version of our guidelines? Click here]
  1. Blanks Spaces is a Canadian publication, looking to champion the work of Canadian creatives. 
  2. Blank Spaces does not accept queries. Only complete manuscripts or complete bodies of visual art sent digitally will be considered.
  3. Simultaneous submissions and work previously published on your own blog or website are both okay. If the work has been previously published in print (or on an online space you do not own) let us know when and where and be sure you have the proper rights to allow us to republish. We are not interested in acquiring rights and will not be held responsible if you do not do your due diligence. Contributors retain all the rights to their own work. (Please alert us if you're submitting a simultaneous submission.) As a courtesy, we request that you refrain from submitting your accepted work anywhere else until three months after the date of publication.
  4. Submit only one piece/collection at a time. You are welcome to send multiple submissions but each must be contained within a separate email and each submission is subject to the submission fee (unless we are currently running a free submission promotion).
  5. Contributors to the magazine will receive one complimentary print copy of the issue in which their work appears. They will also receive a digital edition with the understanding that they may not post, share, or sell it anywhere - online or off.
  6. We accept digital submissions only.
  7. Yes, we charge a small submission fee. This helps us do things like send complimentary print copies to our contributors and may allow us to eventually offer payment to contributors. It also weeds out the submissions of people who are not as serious about their work. If it costs you a few dollars to submit, you're less likely to send us something we can't use. BUT, because we want to be sure money isn't something that holds you back, we run free submission months during September, December, March, and June—so feel free to wait for a free opportunity before submitting.
  8. Familiarize yourself with our various categories (see below) so you can submit confidently and appropriately.
  9. Send submissions to the email provided on our contact page. Put the entire submission into the body of the email. Format as follows: In the email SUBJECT LINE be sure to put [SUBMISSION]+[TITLE OF ARTICLE]+[CATEGORY]. In the body of the email begin by introducing yourself. No pressure, we just want to fall in love with you. If you have publishing credits, great. If not, great. We'll celebrate your portfolio with you but certainly don't require it. We expect your work to speak for itself. Tell us a little about your submission: bait us with a hook, reel us in with a brief synopsis, and let us know what section of the magazine you think it would fit into. Offer us links to your website and social media accounts so we can get to know you even better. Copy and paste your submission (in its entirety) below your email. Attach a screenshot of your PayPal receipt showing you have indeed paid the submission fee OR if you are submitting during a free submission promotion type FREE SUBMISSION PROMOTION at the very bottom. If your submission is accepted for publication, we will be in touch to ask you to send it as an attachment in document form.
  10. If you would like to submit art or photography, follow the instructions for email submission as stated in #8 but instead of posting in an article, send us a link to a web page, or attach low-res images. You should submit a complete titled body of work that you would like to see published in Blank Spaces. We would like to see at least 10 images to consider your submission. If you are selected for publication, we will be in touch to ask you for hi-res images, free of watermarks or other graphic overlays: RGB jpeg images that are at least 300 dpi. If you cannot provide print-ready digital images, please do not submit.
  11. If you're interested in sending us a guest blog post, please see our blog submission guidelines in our blog sidebar.
  12. Please remember that by submitting your work to Blank Spaces you are submitting to the discretion of the editor.
  13. If you have questions please visit our FAQ page before emailing us.
HINT: bonus points if your content is clearly Canadian - especially photography


With a focus on all things creative, Blank Spaces will offer regular columns/features in the following categories:

flash fiction Short fiction - any topic, any genre (under 1000 words...ish...we're not going to be sticklers)
more than words  Photo essay   
food of love Fiction or nonfiction about music 
different strokes Art feature   
make art not war  DIY feature, creative living
story matters  The craft of writing
red solo cup Smaller pieces to fill the gaps. Poetry, micro-fiction, etc - be creative
shameless Creative non-fiction. Personal essay that delves into your own truth and experiences
fiction feature Longer fiction - any topic, any genre (up to 3500 words) PLEASE NOTE: we are filled up with fiction features until March 2018 - you're still welcome to submit, but please understand you will not be plugged into an immediate issue.
between the lines author/artist spotlight (not open for submissions but contributors may be approached for an interview) 

We can't wait to see your work!


Submission Options


Make sure your PayPal account name matches your submission name. If not, help us out by including a screenshot of your PayPal receipt with your submissions - do not send it in a separate email. Submissions will not be opened until payment has cleared. Don't make a payment until you're ready to send your submission. (If you're unable to use PayPal, send us an email and we will make different arrangements.)

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