in Submitting to The Fiddlehead?
The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in
English from all over the world, looking always for
freshness and surprise. Our editors are always happy
to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry.
Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate
is around 1-2%. Response time is typically from three to nine
months. Apart from our annual
contest we have no deadlines for submissions.
If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead,
you should subscribe or
read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal.
Contact us if you would like to order sample back issues
($10-$15 plus postage).
your submission to: The Fiddlehead *
Campus House * 11 Garland Court
University of New Brunswick * PO Box 4400 *
Fredericton NB * E3B 5A3 Canada
Requirements for submissions
are similar to those for other literary journals:
- All unsolicited submissions should be
unpublished, original works.
- No faxed, emailed submissions accepted.
Please do not send CDs, DVDs, etc.
- Please include a cover letter with contact
information (including your email address,
if you have one), the title(s) and genre
of the work(s) you are submitting and one
to three lines of biographical information
about your writing career.
- All submissions should be typed/word-processed,
spell-checked, and paginated. Please put
your name on every page of your submission.
- Please only submit in one genre at a
- A short fiction submission should be
double-spaced and not over 6,000 words.
Please send only one short fiction submission
at a time.
- A poetry submission may be single-spaced.
Please submit no more than 10 poems per submission
(3 to 5 is best). No more than one poem on
- Pay is approximately $40 CAD per published
page, plus two complimentary copies of the
issue with your work.
- The Fiddlehead buys first serials
rights; copyright remains with the author.
- In order to receive a response, you must
include a SASE, that is, a self-addressed
envelope, with the correct amount of postage
on it. If you wish to receive your whole
manuscript back, please say so in cover letter
and include a large enough self-addressed
envelope with the correct amount of postage.
- Please note, as of March 31, 2014 Canada Post has increased its postal rates — be sure to affix the appropriate postage. Submissions with a SASE sent before March 31 will still be returned, but submissions sent after April 1, 2014 without sufficient postage on the SASE will not be returned.
- To international submitters: We cannot
send back a response using stamps from the
U.S.A. or elsewhere; so your SASE should
have either Canadian postage on
it or you should enclose cash or cheque or money order (Canadian or US dollars only please).