Canadians have a unique, if not odd, way of looking at themselves and at the world. We see the chaotic and the absurd all around us, and it is our resilient sense of humor that allows us to laugh when facing the truth, or at times to avoid crying. What a nation finds funny, and how it embraces humour, is key to what makes a nation great. From SCTV to Kids in the Hall to the Mercer Report, generations of Canadians leave 'em laughing. Eliciting the guffaw, the snicker, the gut-buster, the wry twist of a smile, these are the moments when our humanity is revealed, and embraced.
While one of our greatest exports has been our distinct sense of humor, one of the enduring myths about Canada is that we are a nice people, polite, but not necessarily funny. This is the chance for Canadian writers to put that idea of the peaceable, quiet, subdued north to rest. This is an opportunity to share one of our greatest capacities to be human/humane with readers across the country and around the world — the experience of what makes us laugh. So, what is funny about the Canadian experience? What sets us apart, and what makes us laugh? What can you write that will make others laugh?
This anthology of Canadian comedy looks for short fiction. We are also open to considering art, illustrations, cartoons and/or short graphic fiction. We are looking for stories that reveal our spirits — whomever and whatever that may be — from a broad spectrum of all backgrounds, persuasions, genders, and visions... all communities can show others something they might not have realized about themselves, and what they share in spirit with everyone across the country.
Your submission can be in any genre that suits the theme of your story, or art.
Length: up to 5000 words. Art, up to 8 pages, perhaps 10 (it must be a complete concept, start to finish).
Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy. Art fees to be determined based on submission.
All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada. Note: if you are an ex-pat living abroad, we do have a 10% window for content by non-Canadian residents.
We want to include a wide and diverse range of voices and interpretations, including writers of colour and of indigenous/Native heritage, Francophone writers, those with disabilities, the vast LGBTQ2IA, and new generation writers (aged 18-30). As is our publishing tradition, we encourage works from creative people who come from all walks of life, those who under-represented through the mainstream, because Exile cares a lot about the multiplicity of voices and perspectives that make up Canada.
No multiple submissions (send us your best stuff!). If you receive a rejection before the deadline, you may submit a new work.
We are looking for original fiction and artwork. No reprints, please.
Submit stories in standard manuscript format as a .doc, .docx or .rtf, with indented paragraphs, italics in in italics, and bold in bold. For art, .jpg or , and 150 dpi, sized at 5.5 x 8.5 inches (that is the book’s trim size, so if your work does not fit, we can't use it - and we can use horizontal layouts that cover 11 x 8.5 inches). Include a cover letter with name, story title, word count, full contact information, and previous publications in the body of the email.
Submissions in English only, although stories translated into English are also acceptable.
Rights purchased: First English-language rights & non-exclusive Anthology rights for one year from publication (print and eBook).
Indicate in the subject line: Submission: Story Title/Art Piece, Last Name.
Deadline: Monday, June 5, 2017
Reading Period: April 15 to July 15, 2017, and replies will come by July 15, 2017.
Expected publication date: November 1, 2017
Submit via Submittable at:
If you have any questions or would like to contact us: email@example.com
What is Alice Unbound about?
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) explored childlike wonder and the bewildering realm of adult rules and status, which clashed in bizarre ways. Many characters in his tales are anthropomorphic, whether talking cards, crying mock turtles or saucy Tiger Lilies. Over 150 years later, people still recognize characters from Carroll's works. Who doesn’t know of vorpal blades and tardy white rabbits, protagonists and antagonists that resonate in a primal part of the human psyche? They hearken to the mysticism and mystery of the ancient world, when one wondered how the rain fell, or which gods empowered madness through drink, or whether a person was separate from an animal or could become one.
Centuries passed and myth became fairy tale, evolving to resonate with each era, showing the triumphs of the common man, the humble and generous woman who outsmarts tempters, jailers, and evil stepmothers, or the trials and tribulations of seeking the unknown. Carroll's characters jumped forward, not just following the regular metamorphosis of an age-old tale, but leaping off the cliff of the familiar into something altogether new, different and endearing. We might not truly want to live in the world of Alice or have to deal with mad queens and bandersnatches, but what if that Wonderland ceased to exist on a separate plain, and melded with our modern world? How would these characters fit in, and what would they bring or change? Are we ready to accept Alice Unbound into our hearts and let the Jabberwock in the back door?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was Carroll’s most famous work but there are other stories and poems (some within the greater works) where madcap creatures abound. Alice Unbound should contain an element of the speculative and may embrace fabulist, weird, myth, SF, fantasy, steampunk, horror, etc. Other speculative elements or characters may be combined in any way. I don’t want to see rehashings of Carroll’s tales but stories taking place in a modern or slightly futuristic world. I've seen many of the Alice movies as well. If you have a talking cat, it must be recognizable as the Cheshire Cat. I will consider a few very select poems, but they must have a storyline and not just be an observation or an image. You should not be copying Carroll’s style but telling a new tale in your voice. Too many stories submitted with the same character will limit chances of the story being accepted. The anthology needs to go beyond Alice in every way.
Whether the Mad Hatter, the mock turtle, or Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, use Carroll’s elements and characters to write a new story. QUILTBAG or people of colour as characters are encouraged. Alice doesn’t have to be white and blonde. I will accept any characters from the following works . I have not read everything so if you want to write about another character that fits into Carroll’s fantastical tales, please write first with "Query" in the subject/title line and ask.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass
The Hunting of the Snark
These are story examples, which you can use if you want, but not requirements:
The caterpillar is the owner of a medical marijuana store but turns out to be part of a moonlighting superhero team by night.
The Walrus and the Carpenter’s strange relationship is strained farther when they both fall for a mermaid, who crusades for the murdered oysters.
The Snark is as elusive as the Sasquatch, but when they vie for the same space in endangered environment, what happens?
The last Jabberwock is captured and used to battle an overpopulation of vampires.
- From space comes a delegation that looks a lot like the card soldiers. They have a concern with Earth for harbouring fugitives from their world.
- A company has perfected an AI that emulates the Mad Hatter, something to help run parties and liven them up. What could possibly go wrong?
Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Poetry: minimum 1,000 words (and 2 may be submitted at the same time: submit each in a separate document and submission).
Simultaneous submissions: No; if you submit to me, please do not send it anywhere else until you receive a rejection.
Multiple submissions: You may send one story, or two poems. Please wait until I’ve sent a rejection before you send anything else. I may hold some pieces until the submission window is closed.
Acceptances: Final acceptances will go out a month after the submission window closes.
Please use standard manuscript format (Google William Shunn):
double-space (except for poems), no extra spaces between paragraphs,
indented paragraphs, title, etc. Failure to follow formatting may see
your piece rejected without being read. Canadian spelling would be awesome but I won't turn down a story that comes in UK or US spelling. Submit .docx, .doc, or .rtf formats only.
Publication Date: April 2018 (tentative)
Bawajigan: Stories of Power
Dreams (Bawajigan) have always played a powerful role in Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island: they have changed the course of history, and served as warning, insight, guidance, solace, or hope. In Bawajigan (Anishinaabemowin for Dream) – and the 17th volume in the Exile Book of Anthology Series – we are gathering fictional stories about what it means to dream and be Indigenous, how dreams weave their way through our realities, how they impact history, lived experience, and the stories we tell each other and the world. These can be lucid daydreams, waking trances, hallucinations, reveries, reoccurring nightmares, revenge-fantasies, fever-induced delirium, coma, sleep-paralysis visitations, sleep-walking disorders or sleep deprivation, communication with non-human entities, messages from beyond the grave, cybernetic ghosts, vision-quests, ceremony, or ghost-dancing hopes for the future, all while you just try to make it through the week. We want to hear your stories about the strength and power of dreams!
Are dreams merely wish fulfillment? Can they offer healing, guidance or insight through psycho-analysis? What do dreams reveal or conceal? Are they another level of reality? Do computers, AI entities, or androids dream? Are we living inside of a holographic universe? What do animals or monsters or ghosts or devils dream about? What if two people had the same dream? What if there were predators that stalked our dreams? What if designer-dreams became just another product to sell? Do dream-worlds exist? Are dreams multi-dimensional or cross-dimensional realities? Who is that dream-man or dream-woman? What if a dream came true? What if they always came true? Do places incite specific times of dreaming? Are we our ancestors’ wildest dream come true?
What are we looking for?
We prefer stories to be by Indigenous writers - which means anyone who identifies as First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status (including those of mixed heritage/ancestry). We’d also love to consider Indigenous writers who are not Canadian, but keep in mind that at least 90% of the authors must be Canadian, or who continue to pay taxes in Canada while living abroad.
We also encourage submissions from New-generation (18-30 years of age) and Two Spirit / LGBTQIAP folk.
Submissions including Indigenous languages are also welcome, although please include English translations.
The stories can be influenced by cultural understanding, traditional knowledge, set in modern day/historical/or futuristic settings, but filtered through a fictional lens. Stories can be in any genre, including but not limited to magic realism, alternative history, literary fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, romantic comedy, erotica, urban-fantasy, mystery, and graphic-forms (comics and/or illustrations; we can even consider including a link to an online animation) — they can also be based on mythical creatures, supernatural entities, or technologies that do not exist in real life, so long as the story is in some way about drawing strength from the power of dreams.
Tropes to Avoid: Think of The Wizard of Oz “it was all a dream” ending, and unless you think your story is particularly awesome, try to steer clear of this sort of ending, it can come across as a trick played on the reader at their expense.
Original unpublished work up to 5,000 words, fictional stories only. No novel excerpts, poetry or essays. If you have something that almost-but-not-quite fits the criteria as it is laid out here, but it’s burning a hole in your pocket and you are certain of its awesomeness, please do submit it anyway. Legible 12-point font. Please list your name, contact info, and word count on the first page.
Call open from: Dec. 2nd – March 15th
Payment: .05/word CDN
Editors: Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler
& Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith
Rights: Writers grants the publisher one year exclusive English World rights from date of publication/release; no reprint rights are allowed for one year from date of publication/release except at the discretion of the Publisher; non-exclusive English World rights one year after date of first publication/release.
Expected Publication Date: November 2017