Fiction Submissions


  • There are no length restrictions, but please note that the longer the piece, the more we have to justify its appearance in the magazine. We rarely publish pieces longer than 6000 words. We do not print novel excerpts. Think “short fiction” as a category. 
  • Our editors can only assess 150 submissions per submission cycle.
  • If you are new to The New Quarterly, consider entering your fiction piece in the annual Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award Contest.
  • Publication rates are $275 for Fiction and $50 per Postscript, plus a complimentary copy and a special contributor subscription rate.

Submission Formatting

  1. Online submissions must be in a single file in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

  2. You must include a cover letter with your submission. Include your cover letter as the first page of your submission.

  3. Title your submission in the following format: YourSurname_SubmissionTitle (i.e. Bala_Butter-Tea-at-Starbucks).

  4. Double-space your entry. 

  5. Include a word count at the end of your work.

  6. Include page numbers.

  7. Include your name on every page.

  8. We will accept one piece per author, per genre, per calendar year. Contest submissions do not count towards this total.

  9. We will accept no more than one piece of fiction, or 3 postscript stories per submission.

  10. Do not include footnotes or Works Cited in your submission. If notes or references are central to your project, try to sort out attribution issues before submitting, or in conversation with TNQ editors.