The Literary Connection Volume II
Anthology Submission Guidelines
Canada is a vast country of diverse and exciting history, a climate and environment that spans from the boreal forests of the Canadian Shield, muskegs of northern BC, and tundras of the Arctic Circle to the grasslands of the Prairies and southern woodlands of Ontario and Quebec.
We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with the 8thhighest per capita income globally, and the 8th highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. It stands among the world's most educated countries—ranking first worldwide in the number of adults having tertiary education with 51% of adults holding at least an undergraduate college or university degree. With two official languages, Canada has a thriving Aboriginal population and practices an open cultural pluralism, creating a cultural mosaic of racial, religious and cultural practices.
Canada’s symbols are influenced by natural, historical and Aboriginal sources. Prominent symbols include the maple leaf, the beaver, Canada Goose, Common Loon, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the polar bear, the totem pole, and Inuksuk.
The “My Canada” Anthology celebrates this beautiful and wonderful country, from its vast wilderness, great open waters, flat prairies and farm communities to its industry, technology and historical cities.
Call for Submissions
We are looking for original, unique works about what it means to live and be in Canada. Works may include one of the following: short story, poetry, creative non-fiction, essay.
While the nature of your work may encompass a diversity of expression (e.g., discovery, tragedy, betrayal, endurance, isolation, exploration, transcendence, triumph, humor, inspiration, community) the work needs to portray Canada and being Canadian in a positive light. No Canada-bashing.
You may submit on any topic or sub-theme that speaks to being and living in Canada. However, the editors particularly enjoy works that express metaphoric journeys that span Canada’s own diverse ecosystems, particularly the harsher places. Canadian topics we would like to see include:
Journey in Nature & Wilderness
Life in one of Canada’s harsher climates
Historical discoveries and meanings to self
Overcoming and surviving weather calamity or other natural phenomenon (e.g., ice storms)
Traditions of family, friends & community
Canadian city/town phenomena
Canadian activities (e.g., street or ice hockey, skiing, quilting, baking, etc.)
Canadian heralds & symbols
Art & photography
Mythology, folktales and traditional tales (e.g., Aboriginal stories / experiences; others)
Coming to Canada / leaving Canada
Traveling within or outside of Canada
In all cases, how these observations and experiences affected you philosophically, spiritually, intellectually and viscerally should infuse the work; whether it is a poem, short story or essay, the work should celebrate Canada and being a Canadian. See the specific guidelines below for each narrative form.
Voice and Language
In keeping with the multicultural nature of Canada, the intent of this anthology is to fully represent a diversity of writing voices, styles and use of vernacular. The editors reserve the right to reject any work we deem unsuitable for our intended audience. This may include inappropriate subject matter and inappropriate use of expletives or offensive terms. We will not accept any works that promote racism, bigotry, prejudice or other forms of disrespect.
Use Standard manuscript formatting, including headers and footers (e.g., your name /title/page on each page of your manuscript)
Use Canadian spelling
Paragraph indents should be standard
Font should be 12pt Times New Roman or similar font style
Word count should be less than 7,000 words
Each writer may submit: one short story and/or one essay per person; 5 poems or five pages of poetry
Photographs and illustrations/artwork should be submitted in jpeg of 300 dpi and above.
Poetry Guidelines for Anthologies
Poetry is distinguished from prose by its form and elements.
Forms of poetry include epic, haiku, limerick, ode, rhyming couplet, and sonnet, each with their own rules and rhyme schemes. Free verse is also common in modern poetry.
Elements of poetry include caesura (or pause), foot, metre, rhythm, scansion, stress, and syllable, as well as alliteration, assonance, balance, consonance, and rhyme.
In creating poetry for an anthology, you need to be aware of the rhythm that you are creating, based on the stresses and syllables of words in each line and how you arrange them into repeating patterns. You may find that a regular beat of stressed syllables, e.g., a sound pattern such as in iambic pentameter, is appropriate to express your thoughts and feelings. In other cases, free verse may allow you greater emotional range. Even in free verse, however, modulate the lines to move in an orderly pattern that rises and falls in a meaningful flow. Even if you abandon rhyme, use other poetic elements, such as alliteration and assonance, to create satisfying parallels and coherence.
Do not force rhymes by sacrificing grammar, or vice versa. In free verse, keep the same pattern of poetic elements throughout the entire poem, except to create a special emphasis. Use punctuation to guide your readers with expressive pauses.
If your poem is inspired by or based on a particular artist or event, please cite the source, or include a line such as, “With apologies to William Wordsworth.”
Read lots of poetry of all sorts and have fun with it. Challenge yourself to create different forms of verse. Don’t get discouraged! The main thing is to keep writing!
Guidelines for Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Short Story
The anthology editors prefer a narrative “story” with a meaningful theme (connected with Canada) and conclusion over an anecdote.
An anecdote relates something of interest that happens. Stories have an inherent structure that consists of a beginning, middle, and end. The inherent structure of a story makes it memorable and allows it to resonate with the reader in a meaningful way. Stories provide context to what might otherwise be an anecdote. This is because stories provide meaning to what happens, a “so what” part. How did what happened affect the characters and why? Stories provide the means to change a reader’s perspective on something. An idea, an event or a viewpoint. Stories build to a question that is resolved at the end. That resolution may only be a change in perspective. It may not mean that the hero wins in the end; in fact, the hero may totally not get it. What’s important is that the reader comes away with a memorable experience through change.
Guidelines for Essay
Essays may include an anecdote (narrative essay or anecdote lede) as introduction to a topic of discussion or to bring in a personal aspect of an analysis. This helps focus your topic. The rest of the essay must then shift into a more explanatory mode. So you do not want to tell one long story in your essay. But you do want to look for mini-stories, or moments, or “times,” that you can relate as examples of something you want to illuminate in your essay.
The essay form should read with a beginning, middle, end (like all good narrative) but needs to be directed, make a clear argument and end with an obvious conclusion.
Guidelines for Images
(Photography & Art):
We are calling for submissions from ‘creative artists’ with high quality photographs and artwork that are ‘Canadian’ in theme. Catch our attention with the striking, the unusual angle or perspective, the unexpected/uncommon take on the ordinary, the eye-catching. Images that speak volumes and get us thinking, that spark inspiration, nostalgia, appreciation. The eye of a true artist working with light, background, focus and theme.
Black and white images only in jpeg, 300 dpi and above.
Colour photograph for the front/back cover will be chosen from among submissions. Aim for an image that particularly speaks to the theme of ‘My Canada.’
To submit an entry for consideration:
See CONTACT US for submission email address and mailing address. Write ‘The Literary Connection Volume II’ submission in the message line. Our Chief Submissions Editor will review all submissions and the accepted entries will be notified. The acquisition editor will reject contributions considered inappropriate or not of professional literary standards.
Accepted submitters will be emailed a contract in which the following details will also be mentioned: