subTerrain Magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Hello, and thank you for sending your work to subTerrain Magazine.

The following information pertains to regular submissions; for guidelines on our Lush Triumphant Literary Awards, please scroll down to the Lush Triumphant section of this page.

subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Submissions must be previously unpublished material. (Note maximum number of submissions per issue below.)

Feel free to interpret our themes in unique and unusual ways.

All other regular submission guidelines still apply, as below. 

The following are some general guidelines (as always, we suggest READING an issue of the magazine to see what we're all about).

Submissions must be previously unpublished and be:

1. typed, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

2. Fiction: a maximum of 3,000 words. (Max. 3 stories per issue)

3. Poetry: we no longer accept unsolicited poetry submissions (unless specifically related to one of our theme issues). Poetry should be single-spaced with stanza breaks. (Max. 5 poems per issue)

4. Creative Non-Fiction: a maximum of 4,000 words. (Max. 2 articles per issue)

5. Commentary (social or otherwise): a maximum of 4000 words. (Max. 2 articles per issue)

6. Photography & Illustration: we only accept solicited art and photography. Please forward us a link to your work;

7. Please do not send submissions via email; online submissions accepted through Submittable only (mailed submissions are still accepted as well.)

8. Please allow 6 months for a response, though we shall strive as always to respond sooner. 

Payment rates for published submissions:

Poetry: $50 per poem

Prose: $50 per page

Submission fees:

Electronic submissions come with a $3.00 submission fee to help cover our Submittable account and thereby allow us to continue accepting online submissions. If you choose to submit by traditional mail, you will not be charged the submission fee. Mailed submissions can be sent to the address below.

*If submitting by mail, please identify on the front of the envelope the theme issue to which you're submitting.

subTerrain Magazine

P.O. Box 3008, MPO

Vancouver, BC V6B 3X5


Lush Triumphant Literary Awards Information & Guidelines:

Our Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition will be OPEN for submissions December 1st, 2016.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE for entries: February 28, 2017

FINAL DEADLINE for entries: May 15, 2017 (postmarked)

The Competition awards cash prizes & publication:

3 categories

3 cash prizes

one deadline

$3,000 in cash prizes, plus publication

The skinny . . .

FICTION MAXIMUM 3,000 WORDS (no specific theme, we simply want to be amazed!)


CREATIVE NON-FICTION (Based on fact, adorned w/fiction) MAXIMUM 4,000 WORDS

ENTRY FEE (non-refundable): Early Bird: $20 (until Feb. 28th); Regular (March 1 - May 15th) $27.50 PER ENTRY. You may send a cheque or money order along with your submission (cheque/money order made payable to subTerrain Magazine) or submit your entry and payment online at the link below.

FINAL DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: MAY 15th (POSTMARKED -- Or submit online at one of the links below)

The winning entries in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize (plus payment for publication) and will be published in our Winter 2017 issue. First runner-up in each category will be published in our Spring issue of the following year.

All entries MUST be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will NOT be returned (so keep a copy for yourself). Results of the competition are posted on our website in the fall, prior to publication in our Winter issue.

You may submit as many entries in as many categories as you like!


Submit online at the links below, OR send entries & payment to:

Lush Triumphant Literary Awards

c/o subTerrain Magazine

PO Box 3008, Main Post Office

Vancouver, BC V6B 3X5

Make Cheque/Money Order Payable to subTerrain Magazine (NOT "LUSH TRIUMPHANT")

Disclaimer: The judges reserve the right not to grant an award if, in their opinion, no entry is of sufficient literary merit.