42.1 Magic

Break out your spell books, herbs, top hats, star charts, mystical amulets, talking animals, and arcane wisdom, because Room's Magic issue is coming!

Editor Arielle Spence and Assistant Editor Yilin Wang invite you to submit your best poetry, fiction, CNF and visual art that explores magic in all its forms. Let your imagination run wild: take us to fantastical worlds, alternate realities, or show us the magical in the quotidian. Send us your fantasy, your speculative, your magic realism, your afro-futurism and #blackgirlmagic but don’t be afraid to transmogrify genre expectations and pull something totally unexpected from your sleeve. Underrepresented writers—including but not limited to women and nonbinary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer and/or disabled—are especially encouraged to submit.

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Before submitting, please read our About section to see if your work fits within Room's mandate, then refer to the Submission Guidelines on how to format your work.

We also accept submissions of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual art on any theme on an ongoing basis. Submissions for our next open issue (42.2, edited by Rebecca Russell) will open August 1 and close October 31, 2018.


Turtle Island Responds

Turtle Island Responds is a new online series edited by Jónína Kirton which features poetry written in response to recent news events. For this series we ask that only people from marginalized communities who are directly affected by the news that inspired their poem submit. Please be sure to send us work that has not been previously published in print or on-line. All contributors will be paid upon publication: $25 CAD for one poem. Learn more about the series here.

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    Jennifer Amos, Fenn Archdekin-Leung, Jenn Ashton, Jamelie Bachaalani, Colleen Baran, Jenny Bartoy, Alexandra Chang, Kristina Corre, Maggie de Vries, Shirley Harshenin, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Elizabeth Johnston, Tamara Jong, Manal Kamran, Carrianne Leung, Lily Leung, Mary MacDonald, Alissa McArthur, Cosi Nayovitz, Margaret Nowaczyk, Deanna Partridge-David, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Rebekah Rempel