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The Fiddlehead

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction




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The Fiddlehead is Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal. Celebrating 75 years of literary foraging in 2020!

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    6 months*
    Editor reported data
    124 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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PaysCA$60 per page

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental

Payment: CA$ 60 per page

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental

Payment: CA$ 60 per page

Nonfiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: CA$ 60 per page

Creative nonfiction (CNF) is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 2

Payment: CA$ 60 per page


Max pieces: 6

Payment: CA$ 60 per page

No more than 12 pages total. The Fiddlehead prefers to accept several poems by the same author; please do not limit your submission to a single poem


Payment: CA$ 60 per page

Translations of creative work are also considered and occasionally published. With these submissions we need a copy of the text in its original language and a copy of a permissions letter from the copyright holder (usually the author or the original-language publisher).


Payment: CA$ 60 per page

We do not consider unsolicited artwork for the cover or interior unless the artist is a current resident of Atlantic Canada.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    For online and mailed submissions, a cover letter should be included with contact information (especially your email address, if you have one), the title(s) and genre of the work(s) you are submitting, and a 50-word biographical statement. In Submittable, please copy and paste your cover letter and biographical statement in the appropriate fields.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Author's rights

    The Fiddlehead buys first serial world rights; copyright is retained by the author at all times, and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.

  • Additional info

    Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

124 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

52 days

Fastest response time

690 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 854 days, 1197 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

121 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls


    Sep 15, 2024 - Nov 30, 2024

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The Fiddlehead is Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal.






    Editor Sue Sinclair avatar

    Sue Sinclair


    Editor Ian LeTourneau avatar

    Ian LeTourneau

    Managing Editor