Submissions are currently closed for soundbite, but you can get a sense of the writing we love by checking out our current volume.

Submission / Publication Schedule

We hope to publish three volumes annually:

Spring

  • open for submissions: Feb. 1 – Apr. 15
  • publication: May (online)

Fall

  • open for submissions: June 1 – Aug. 15
  • publication: Sept. (online)

Winter

  • open for submissions: Oct. 1 – Dec. 15
  • publication: Jan. of the following year (online)

Please only submit once per reading/listening period and provide your entire submission at once (i.e., you can put short stories and poems all in the same document); we have a limited submission cap through Submittable and want to read as many people’s work as possible.

Please read our guidelines below.

International submitters: while we welcome good short writing from anywhere, the current grant application climate requires that the majority of our content be Canadian and therefore priority will be given to those contributors (but please still submit, some of our favorite work in soundbite vol. 2 was from abroad!).

What we’re looking for:

  • Good. Short. Writing.
  • We look for a diversity of styles and formats that are creative and engaging: poetry, short/flash fiction, creative non-fiction (including, but not limited to: creative essays, ficto-criticism, flash memoir, photo essays), and, of course, pieces that play with/incorporate sound.
  • Our mandate of concision still stands, so we won’t be considering traditional songs (lyrics with a repeating chorus and instrumental accompaniment).
  • So far we do not have a specific run-time for soundbite readings, except that the entire issue (when compiled) will be around 20 minutes. We anticipate each author using 30 seconds to a few minutes (that’s capping at a couple pages long).
  • We support diversity in both the form and content of writing, but we do not accept work that is malicious, derogatory, gratuitously violent, homophobic, sexist, racist, or otherwise seeks to dehumanise any person.
  • Our support for and encouragement of diverse points of view and contexts extends into all areas of our magazine, and we prioritise voices that have been systemically silenced or have otherwise gone unheard. That said, we will not place labels of minority groups on any of our contributors (it is not our place to do so), and we ask that if you feel comfortable identifying yourself as an intersectional or oppressed person, to please do so in your cover letter. We will never make any personal information public and will only use personal information to help us ensure our publication is inclusive and to help us conceptualise (if not empathise) with the content of your work (if relevant) while we edit it.
  • As we strongly support all writers—but especially emerging writers—we welcome and encourage simultaneous submissions (because you should have the opportunity to submit your work widely).
  • MS Doc/docx, PDF, or just about any audio format is acceptable.
  • If sending multiple submissions, combine them into ONE FILE.
  • In your cover letter, please provide a 30-word (max) bio for yourself. This can be done in any style, and you can see some examples of various bios at the end of soundbite vol. 1

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