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Open Minds Quarterly

Literary Magazine







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A literary journal that features explorations of life in a mad world. More specifically, it welcomes writing and art from people with lived experience of what is variously called mental health challenges, mental illness, madness, neurodiversity.

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  • Response time:
    2 months*
    Editor reported data
    99 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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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 - 3000 words max

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: CA$ 25

Nonfiction - 3000 words max

Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: CA$ 25


Max lines: 96

Max pieces: 4

Payment: CA$ 25


Max words: 3000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: CA$ 25


Max pieces: 4

Payment: CA$ 25

Any 2D medium, suitable for print.


Max pieces: 4

Payment: CA$ 25

Wtf is genre, send anything

Payment: CA$ 25

Other: Includes experimental pieces, letters, opinion pieces, research, and anything that doesn’t quite fit in the above categories. 1 piece limit, 3000 word maximum.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Do NOT put your name, address, email, a cover letter, or any other identification within the file you submit to us. Our assistant editors conduct blind reviews to ensure fairness. Any submissions that contain identifying information will be declined.

  • Eligibility

    Creators w/ disabilities

  • Formatting

    Please provide high resolution (300 dpi) files for artwork.

  • Author's rights

    If your submission is accepted for publication in OMQ, we will ask you to grant us one-time, non-exclusive serial and/or electronic publication rights to your work. That means we’re asking for permission to publish your work once, in the print (serial) and/or future online (electronic) editions of OMQ, but you retain ownership of your work and can freely submit it for publication elsewhere.

  • Additional info

    We strive to promote these voices and perspectives by publishing work based on first-hand lived experience. Payment/copies. Contributors published in OMQ will receive a print copy of the issue they are published in and an honorarium (currently $25 CAD). This payment is subject to change.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

99 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

76 days

Fastest response time

211 days

Slowest response time

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12-month average acceptance rate

92 days

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OMQ is published by NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, a member-driven, peer-support mental health organization built on the premise that people with mental health challenges are intelligent, creative, and valuable. Both NISA and OMQ operate out of Sudbury, Ontario, in what is currently cal...

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