Issue 8 Submission Call: Halloween 2016

logo roundWe’re seeking writing and art for our October issue! Literary science fiction, apocalyptic stories and poetry, retold/re-imagined fairy tales/folklore/myths, horror, and other spooky, speculative, or macabre work. If you are a Canadian writer or artist, submit your work to from September 1-30.

Please read the details regarding submission format and length at before sending us your work; feel free to email us with any questions.


The Quilliad Press & Issue 6: Submission Call & Kickstarter

IMG_7789We’ve been busy lately. We’ve been writing book reviews, delivering copies of The Quilliad to local zine libraries, and stocking the shelves at Artarium with our publications. And now we’re launching our submission call and Kickstarter campaign concurrently.

Submission Call

This is an exciting time for us. We’re publishing under our new small press publishing company, The Quilliad Press, and we’re contemplating our first run of chapbooks. We’re also looking for submissions for The Quilliad: Issue 6, our second annual Halloween issue.

We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, poetry, comics, photography, and art from Canadian writers and artists in any of the following genres or on any of the following topics:

  • literary science fiction and horror
  • magic realism
  • fairy tales, folk tales, myths, and legends
  • monsters, death, magic, fear, or anything else that evokes the spirit of the season

We’re open to things that aren’t on this list as well; query us if you aren’t sure. Email your submissions (1-5 pieces) to before midnight on October 20. We will be paying a $12 honorarium plus a contributor copy to every writer or artist we publish, and all contributors will be invited to feature their work at our launch party on October 29 at Betty’s on King in Toronto.


To make issue 6, our chapbooks, future issues, events, book reviews, and more happen, we’re calling on our readers for support. We’re dreaming big and planning the next few years. This crowdfunding campaign represents our ambitions for the future. As our project description on Kickstarter says,

This new official status as a small press publisher reflects our commitment to growth. The Quilliad Press will continue the work we have been doing, but we are increasing the number of reviews and artist profiles we post, and we want to push beyond our biannual journal publication to chapbooks and, hopefully, anthologies.

We have successfully funded The Quilliad‘s previous issues through crowdfunding, revenues from launches, and money out of our own pockets. Now that we have seen the potential of this publication and can imagine the future of our recently formed small press, we want to move beyond an issue-to-issue model to one that is more self-sustaining. Which is why we want this Kickstarter to be our last.

Any support means a lot to us, our contributors, and our readers, whether you pledge $5 or $100, and will have tangible results that affect people across Canada, North America as a whole, and beyond.

We’re offering copies of The Quilliad, The Quilliad Press’s first chapbook, and our own published work, as well as art prints, haiku and glosas on demand, and even personalised books of poetry and art with a limited print run of one as rewards for our backers. Backing The Quilliad Press is a way to directly support small press publishing, as well as the dozens of Canadian writers and artists who we publish and promote.

For more information about our Kickstarter, visit

Thank you for reading.

Sarah Varnam,
Editor-in-Chief of The Quilliad