Submission Guidelines

Poetry

1. TAR is open to poetry on any subject written from any point of view and in any form. However, writers should expect their work to be considered within the full context of old and new poetry in English and other languages.

2. The amount of space TAR can devote to any one writer is usually limited to 5-6 pages at a maximum.

3. No more than 6-8 poems should be submitted at any one time. A preferable submission would be from 3-4 poems. Submitting more than 8 tends to conceal the merits of individual poems. The poet should also know, fairly clearly, what is or is not good work and send only that.

4. Poets should wait for response to a submission before submitting again.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

 

Fiction

1. Submission should be typed, double spaced, author's last name on each page, and can range in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Any submissions longer than 3,000 words are not likely to be accepted.

2. No more than 1 story should be sent at any one time. Writers should wait for a response before submitting again.

3. The Antigonish Review prefers not to consider fiction that has been submitted elsewhere (multiple submissions).

4. Normally we do not publish sections of novels and we do not publish plays or scripts.

5. We attempt to respond within two to four months.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

 

Translation

1. TAR is open to English-language translations on any subject, written from any point of view in any form. Be sure to indicate the source language in your submission (ie. French to English, German to English, Spanish to English, etc.).

2. For prose submissions, up to a maximum of 2500 words.

3. For poetry submissions, 2-3 poems (or 3-4 pages of poetry) maximum.

4. Please include a brief bio of the author as well as the translator(s) - up to 100 words, maximum, for each.

5. Please provide proof of permission from the author and/or literary estate, as well as a copy of the source text.

6. Translators should wait for a response to a submission before submitting again.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept translation submissions that have been previously published in any format.

 

Non-Fiction / Essays

Travel sketches, personal memoirs, writing about sports, culture, history, or other essays which fall under the general rubric of creative non-fiction, are welcome. Accompanying photographs may be considered.

Serious scholarly works, interviews with Canadian literati, and the like will be considered from time to time, but those too narrow in scope or written in specialized jargon are better placed in a targeted academic, refereed, or professional journal.

Most of the essays we publish run from 1000 to 4000 words.

We do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Please submit only one essay at a time.

 

Submission Guidelines - Style Consistency

1. Dashes: All dashes should be "en dashes," like this – with space before and after the dash.

2. Ellipses: Use space before and after, like this ... but, generally, no ellipses are needed at the beginning and end of a direct quote (unless required to avoid misrepresentation).

3. Line indents: Consistency within each piece is always preferred.

4. Paragraph indents: Entire blocks of text may be indented for a purpose (e.g., to display a letter within a piece of fiction or a long quotation within a review). Consistency of indent size is preferred for all pieces.

5. Single or double quotation marks: The American style is for double as the first order, and then single within double. The British style is the reverse. Canadian style accommodates either preference (but tends toward the American style). For TAR, either is acceptable but within a piece "consistency" is desired (not 'mixed' quotation order).

6. Italics is preferred for book titles even if the author uses quotation marks.

7. Curly rather than straight quotation marks and apostrophes are preferred in all cases.

8. Spelling choices: Consistency with American or British within a piece, but flexibility among pieces is desired. If mixed within a piece, choose the most predominant usage (e.g., Webster, Oxford, or Canadian Oxford). If there is no obvious spelling style in a piece, use Canadian Oxford as the dictionary of reference. Canadian spelling is the preference of the TAR editorial staff.

 

Submission Guidelines - General

The quality of the writing is the chief criterion. We also consider it our mandate to encourage Atlantic Canadians and Canadian writers - although excellent writing can come from anywhere. We also welcome new and young writers.

Long pieces may displace several shorter ones, so the longer the piece the higher its quality should be as there is less chance we will read it through and less chance we will respond with a critique.

Most pieces that meet our minimum standard are read by at least 2 readers, and all works published are read and approved by at least 2 readers and a senior editor. Because of this, we may be a bit slow in responding, but we try to answer authors within 2-3 months. We sometimes suggest revisions, but if a writer sends back a revised version we feel no obligation to publish it; it has to compete with the new stories it arrives with.

We also respond to rejected submissions with suggestions when we can, particularly if we are asked to do so and particularly with new or young writers, and the closer the writer is to us geographically, Canadian, American, or other, the more trouble we take.

Please be patient with us. We read everything, sometimes four times, and we have high quality help who get no pay. So if our comments sometimes seem cryptic, enigmatic, or even on the edge of something even worse, don't get cross at us - maybe we're tired or grumpy. But just the same we love to get your stuff.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

 

Submission Guidelines - Payment

 

Poetry $5.00 per page to a maximum of $25.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print) 
Fiction $50.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print) 
Non-Fiction / Essays  $50.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print)
Translation same as for poetry/fiction payments
Cover Art $100.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print)

 

 

 

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A Small Magazine with an International Reputation

TAR reaches readers throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in countries like Germany, Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, England, and the Netherlands. Every year the journal receives more than a thousand submissions from as far away as Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Australia/New Zealand, India, Hawaii, and Brazil.

 

What Makes TAR Special

TAR has always prided itself on offering an eclectic array of poetry and prose by emerging and established writers, as well as extensive book reviews and the occasional critical essay.

TAR was also one of the first English-language literary journals in Canada to publish translations of French-Canadian poets. This tradition has expanded to include translations by international award-winning poets such as Estonian Arved Viirlaid and Brazilian Edilberto Coutinho.

Each cover includes pieces by emerging and prominent artists. TAR won 2003 Canadian Magazine Publishers Award for Best Cover Art among Literary Magazines.

 

A Destination for Literary Excellence

TAR has a long reputation for attracting internationally recognized, award-winning writers. It has published the work of luminaries like Milton Acorn, Annie Dillard, Louis Dudek, Jane Jacobs, Marshall McLuhan, Thomas Merton, and Alden Nowlan.

Some of the many major Canadian voices that have appeared in its pages include Marshall McLuhan, John Thompson, Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards, Irving Layton, Carol Shields, Sheldon Currie, Lorna Crozier, Michael Crummey, Lynn Coady, Rohinton Mistry, Jan Zwicky, Stephanie Bolster, Sheree Fitch, Johanna Skibsrud, George Elliott Clarke, Don McKay, Brian Bartlett, Kathleen Winter, Alexander MacLeod, Wayne Johnston, Leo McKay Jr. and Anne Simpson.

 

Subscription information

1 year digital subscription – $30.00, 2 years $45.00.

1 year print subscription - $75.00, 2 years $140.00.

Back Issues, print  - $20.00, digital if available, $10.00.

 

The Antigonish Review Editorial Group

Editor: Thomas Hodd 

Associate Poetry Editors: Anne Simpson and Janette Fecteau 

   Assistant Poetry Editor: Lisa Banks

Associate Fiction Editors: Elizabeth Blanchard, Ernestine Lahey

Associate Non-Fiction Editor: Kailin Wright

Book Reviews Editor: Leo Furey

Translation Editor: Danielle LeBlanc

Administrative Assistant: Navneet Kaur 

We ask for first publication rights, after which Copyright returns to the author. 

 

Editorial Office

PO Box 5000, StFX University

Antigonish, NS

B2G 2W5
Email: TAR@stfx.ca

 

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