For 45 years, EVENT has published the very best in contemporary new poetry and prose. We are one of Western Canada’s longest-running literary magazines, and welcome submissions written in English from around the world. Each issue of EVENT includes high quality fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews, and we feature emerging and established writers side-by-side in our pages. Visit www.eventmagazine.ca

What We’re Looking For

Fiction: Whether you’ve never published before, or you’ve published seven novels, we’re looking for the same thing: compelling characters, plots that surprise us, narratives that move us, stories that have something new to say.

Poetry: We love poems that are lyrical without being overwrought, and are profound without being pretentious. We look for honesty of emotion, and images that arrest us.

Non-Fiction: The creative non-fiction we publish mainly comes through our annual Non-Fiction Contest. We are looking for real-life experiences told as riveting narratives with distinct voices. We publish essays that feel artful and true. We accept general submissions of non-fiction throughout the year, but due to limited page space, it’s quite rare for us to publish a piece that comes to us this way.

Your best bet at getting your work published in EVENT is by reading some of our issues. Find the current issue at Chapters, libraries or local newsstandssubscriptions and single issues in print or digital format can also be purchased online or through our office.

The Details:

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please advise us immediately should a piece under consideration be accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept prose and poetry submissions year round, but we don’t read during January, July, August or December, so response times during those months may be longer. 
  • We review every manuscript we receive, most of which are unsolicited. During high volume periods, responses may take up to six months.
  • Please review our Editorial Policy for rights, payment policies and additional details.
  • See the individual categories below for more specific details about submitting.

Reading Service for Writers

If your manuscript needs another eye, try EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers. Manuscripts will be edited by one of EVENT’s experienced editors and receive an assessment of 700-1000 words detailing strengths and weaknesses, and providing recommendations for revision. All manuscripts submitted will also be considered for publication.




Submit up to eight poems. Each poem must be saved as its own separate file in a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf file format. Use standard poetry manuscript formatting (single-spaced, easily read font sizes, page numbers if more than one page long, etc.). All work should be previously unpublished.

When filling out the Cover Letter Field, please include your name, email address, full mailing address, telephone number, the title(s) and word count(s) of your submission(s), and a list of previous publications, if any. You can include a brief biographical note if you wish.

To submit fiction or pieces of non-fiction, please go to our other Submittable categories.
Submit one short story (maximum 5,000 words) at a time. The story must be saved as its own separate file in a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt or .pdf file format. Use standard manuscript formatting (double-spaced, easily read font sizes, page numbers, etc.). All work should be previously unpublished.

When filling out the Cover Letter Field, please include your name, email address, full mailing address, telephone number, the title(s) and word count(s) of your submission(s), and a list of previous publications, if any.

To submit poetry or pieces of non-fiction, please go to our other Submittable categories.