Submission Guidelines

We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, personal essays, reflections, memoirs, as well as artwork, drawings, comics, photographs, collages, and other visual media.

Here, queer literature is not limited to explicitly queer content, but rather works created by LGBTQ2SIA+ people. Individuals from underrepresented communities, especially women, trans people, and BIPOC artists and writers are encouraged to self-identify in their submission email.

Creators based in, or content featuring Toronto will be given extra consideration, but QT welcomes all pieces and artists with a connection to Canada.

Oh, and you can swear!

The language of vulgarity has long been used to temper, compromise and silence queer culture, voices, and existence. So if you’re afraid of a little ‘bad’ language, QT is not the place for you. In the words of Madonna: “I'm not going to compromise my artistic integrity.”

That said, spaces for queer expression often serve a double function for healing. With this in mind, QT operates on the ethos that none of our material features superfluous overtly traumatic material. For instance, please do not submit content that features sexual/any violence against women as a stand-in plot point to push forward a man’s story, without regard for how it affects her narrative.

Important Deadlines

The submissions period for our next Issue will open on December 1st 2021.

Submissions for the Gallery are accepted on a rolling basis.

I’m ready to submit!

Written Works

Please keep poetry submissions to 500 words max.
Please keep prose submissions to 2000 words max.
These are only maximums - short, punchy pieces such as flash fiction are highly welcome.

Please include the following in your email: name you would like associated with the work, a short bio (max. 50 words), title, word count, whether the submission is for a specific issue or standalone, and what category the work best falls under - ie. poem, fiction, creative nonfiction, book review, personal essays, reflection, memoir, etc.

You may also submit a photo of yourself to be featured with your work.

Visual Art

Please include the following in your email: name you would like associated with the work, a short bio (max. 50 words), title, medium, whether the submission is for a specific issue or standalone, and what category the work best falls under - ie. drawing, painting, comic, photograph, collage, etc. For pieces that have physical dimensions please include them.

You may also submit a photo of yourself to be featured with your work.

How to Submit

Please attach your work to the email directly, or include a shareable link.

Submissions must be sent to: submissions@qtmag.ca

QT aims to respond to all submissions within 4 weeks.

We welcome multiple and simultaneous submissions. Featured artists and authors will receive an honorarium of $15. Issue designers will receive an honorarium of $100.

All submissions are assumed authorised for posting on QT’s Instagram Account, unless specified otherwise by the original author. QT will keep works available on the website/Instagram after the initial publication, until requested otherwise by the original author.