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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org