Submission Guidelines

Magazine content

GUTS magazine publishes literary essays and reviews, long-form journalism, interviews, fiction, and new media that further feminist correspondence, criticism, and community in Canada. We accept pitches to our online magazine twice a year, centred on a theme outlined by our call for submissions. Final submissions to the magazine range from 500-4000 words depending on form and topic.

Our editorial board reviews all submissions to the magazine. We do our best to respond to all inquiries and pitches.

We are currently accepting submissions for our CASH issue – all pitches due by February 17th, 2017. Find all the details here.

You can visit our back issues and previous call for submissions to get a better idea of what we are looking for.

Issue 7 – Call for Submissions: LOVE

Issue 6 – Call for Submissions: FUTURES

Issue 5 – Call for Submissions: FOOD/LAND

Issue 4 – Call for Submissions: MOMS

Issue 3 – Call for Submissions: SEX

Issue 2 – Call for Submissions: WOMEN’S WORK

For more information about submitting to the magazine, please email
submit@gutsmagazine.ca

 

Blog content

We are always looking for interrogative and reliable writers who are interested in contributing 600 to 1200-word posts to the GUTS blog. Send a short pitch (100-300 words) to submit@gutsmagazine.ca outlining your idea, and giving us a sense of your ability to execute it. Please also include a writing sample or links to your previous work. 

Content on the GUTS blog is typically informal and accessible, and falls within the following categories: Politics, Culture, Interviews, and Lives. When submitting a pitch, please indicate which category your piece fits within. We’ve outlined what we’re looking for in those categories below.

Politics
If you are interested in Canadian policy, law, politics, labour, or activism, we are looking for blog pieces that engage with these topics in relation to feminist praxis in the Canadian context. Ideally, these pieces would approach serious subject matter with a sense of curiosity and bring a rigorous but accessible writing style. Please note that we are not usually able to respond to news events immediately and so we are especially interested in blog pieces that contextualize current political happenings in a historical context or through personal narrative.

Examples:

The Space We Take Up, by Erin Wunker

Muslim Feminisms: Solidarity before Censure, by Haseena Manek

Culture
We are looking for timely, accessible, humorous-but-critical, narrative-driven, and informal reflections on television shows, literature, new music, film, theatre, cultural trends, memes, web series, and other cultural phenomena.

Examples:

No One Likes to Keeping Going After They Cum, by Saima Desai

The Movement of Black Femmes, by Julia Blakey

Lives
We’re looking for the stories only you can tell, told in the way that makes sense to you. We publish short, critical memoirs, reflections, personal essays and letters. Feminism can be a focus, but that’s not a requirement. Please note: we typically ask for a draft of memoir submissions before agreeing to publish. To get a sense of the content we’re looking for, please check out these essays:

I think I Kissed Him Goodbye, by Brianne N.

On Touching Naked Bodies (in the Clinic), by Bahar Orang

Interviews
We are looking for bold, smart, and short interviews with persons of interest. Ideal candidates for interviews are working/living in Canada, feminist/queer allies, up–and-coming or established musicians, writers, artists, scholars, professionals, and/or activists. First and foremost, though, we want you to be excited about the interviewee’s work.

Examples:

A Conversation with Partner, by Cynthia Spring

When I am Weak: Jillian Christmas, by Brianne Nettelfield

 

Visual Art and New Media

GUTS welcomes visual art submissions on a regular basis. Accepted pieces are published alongside relevant magazine content. We are also interested in new and emerging media, including video art, music, and web art. If you think your work fits within our mandate, please email a link to your portfolio, or representative work, to our visual editorial team at submit@gutsmagazine.ca.

 

Compensation:

Right now we offer $50/blog piece, $100/issue piece. We acknowledge this amount is not commensurate with the involved labour, and that this could be a barrier to writers. We are working on it, in solidarity.