OPEN FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS

GENERAL GUIDELINES

filling Station accepts singular or simultaneous submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction,  critical non-fiction (about literature and occasionally about visual  art), and visual art. We are always on the hunt for great writing and artwork! Please note that Submittable is now filling Station's only method for receiving submissions.

Before submitting to filling Station, please review both the General Guidelines on our website and the genre-specific submission instructions below. Please note that for all submissions, you must include a mailing address and short bio (25 - 75 words) with your submission. A submission lacking a mailing address and bio will be considered incomplete. For Art submissions, we also require an Artist's Statement regarding the submitted portfolio of work. For text with spacing considerations, upload your submission as a PDF file in addition to the text document.

filling Station does not have a mandatory submission fee - money should never be a barrier to enter into our pages - but we do rely on readers and contributors to keep the magazine alive. Please consider purchasing a current issue, subscribing to filling Station or leaving an optional donation in lieu of a reading fee if you feel called to do so. Should a selected contributor already subscribe to the magazine, we can either extend their subscription by 3 issues, or gift it to somebody else of their choosing. Thanks!

Play isn’t just for kids. Whichever way you play, (whether it’s with form, kinks, words, games, sports, spirits, toys, spells, or characters) we want to see your best experimental work. The editors at filling Station magazine invite submissions of prose, creative nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and art about play for a special themed issue. We want to see experimental work that is whimsical, unexpected, and curious. This may include work with playful subject matter, or which incorporates play into the process of its creation. As an experimental magazine, we want your most unique work. We specifically encourage submissions from creators who identify as women or are gender non-conforming, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, immigrants, impoverished, survivors, or from other marginalized communities. If you have any accessibility issues with the submissions process, please email mgmt@fillingstation.ca or reach out to us through our social media channels.

Send us your original unpublished work through Submittable in the form labeled “PLAY- ISSUE 79” by February 15th, 2022 to be considered for inclusion in Issue 79. 

Please indicate the genre to which you're submitting (fiction, poetry, art, nonfiction) in the title of your submission and review the genre-specific guidelines below. 

General submissions will remain open during this time, but response times may be slower than usual. We will consider work simultaneously submitted elsewhere but ask that you inform us as soon as possible if your work is accepted at another journal.

Fiction: Submit up to 10 pages (submissions at the upper end of this length spectrum will need to be of exceptional quality to be considered). We are pleased to receive any of the following kind of fiction: flash fiction, postcard fiction, short fiction, experimental fiction that diverges from the usual subgenre categories, a novel excerpt that can stand alone, or a combination of these subgenres.

Poetry: Submit up to 6 pages of poetry. If your poem is spaced in a particular way, please make sure to use spaces, never tabs, so we can accurately replicate your layout. Also be sure to upload your submission as a PDF file in addition to the text document.

Nonfiction: We encourage you to submit experimental interviews, articles, reviews, and creative nonfiction. Please note that filling Station will generally not accept reviews of non-experimental literature unless the review itself is experimental. We are looking to engage with and draw attention to literature that pushes the boundaries of genre, form, methodology, style, etc. Submit 2 pieces of any such kind. If you have concerns about suitability, feel free to send a query to nonfiction@fillingstation.ca. While questions or concerns may be received by email, Nonfiction accepts submissions only via Submittable. We do not have a specified page limit for non-fiction submissions, but note that we rarely publish non-ficton that is longer than 10 pages. If you are interested in reviewing a book for filling Station, please peruse our updated list of Books Received or elect to review a book of your choice that you own.

Art: Please submit 5-7 lower res samples. If interested, we will request pieces or additional work in 300 dpi or greater via Drop Box or Google Drive. Art accepts initial, low res submissions only via Submittable. High resolution images must be provided upon request before we can finalize selection. For Art submissions, we also require an Artist's Statement regarding the submitted portfolio of work.

FULL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES @ fillingstation.ca/submit

 Submit up to 6 pages of poetry via Submittable. Due to the high volume of submissions, Poetry accepts submissions only via Submittable.

If your poem is spaced in a particular way, please make sure to use spaces, never tabs, so we can accurately replicate your layout. Also be sure to upload your submission as a PDF file in addition to the text document.

A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete.

 We encourage you to submit experimental interviews, articles, reviews,  and creative nonfiction.

Please note that we will generally not accept reviews of non-experimental literature unless the review itself is experimental. We are looking to engage with and draw attention to literature that pushes the boundaries of genre, form, methodology, style, etc. Submit 2 pieces of any such kind via Submittable.

If you have concerns about suitability, feel free to send a query to nonfiction@fillingstation.ca. While questions or concerns may be received by email, Nonfiction accepts submissions only via Submittable. If you are interested in reviewing a book for filling Station, email the Nonfiction editor, or you can elect to review a book of your choice that you own.

A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete.

 Submit up to 10 pages (submissions at the upper end of this length spectrum will need to be of exceptional quality to be considered) via Submittable. 

We are pleased to receive any of the following fiction: flash fiction, postcard fiction, short fiction, experimental fiction that diverges from  the usual subgenre categories, a novel excerpt that can stand alone, or a combination of these subgenres.

Please do not resubmit or send send additional submissions until you have received a response to your first submission.

A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete. Due to the high volume of submissions, fiction accepts submissions only via Submittable. 

Art

 Please submit 5-7 lower res samples via Submittable.

If interested, we will request pieces or additional work in 300 dpi or greater via Drop Box or similar, or on a disc.

Art accepts initial, low  res submissions only via Submittable.

High resolution images must be provided upon request before we can finalize selection.

A submission lacking mailing address, bio (25 - 75 words) and artist's statement will be considered incomplete.

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