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Riddle Fence

Literary Magazine






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Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Riddle Fence is a non-profit magazine of contemporary literature and artwork. We publish high-quality short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art from Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada, and around the world.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    6 months*
    Editor reported data
    112 days*
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PaysCA$30 per page

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  • 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

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: CA$ 30 per page

Our suggested maximum word count is 3,000 words, but if it’s brilliant and a bit longer, send it over.

Nonfiction - 3000 words max

Max words: 3000

Sub Genres: , , , ,

Payment: CA$ 30 per page

Essays on the arts or on particular artists, or on aspects of culture and art as an idea or as a specific practice. We are also seeking creative non-fiction with a strong narrative drive. Our suggested maximum word count is 3,000 words, but if it’s brilliant and a bit longer, send it over.


Payment: CA$ 30 per page

No more than 10 pages per submission (3 to 5 poems is best). No more than one poem on a page.


Payment: CA$

No specific limitations


Payment: CA$

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Include a cover letter with your name, contact information, title(s) you are submitting, and one to three lines of biographical information about your writing career. Put your name on every page of your submission.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    a single document (.doc files preferred) attached to the email

  • Author's rights

    Riddle Fence licenses first serial rights (copyright remains with the author).

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

112 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

18 days

Fastest response time

121 days

Slowest response time

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

111 days

12-month average response time

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At Riddle Fence, we're unearthing the best contemporary writing and art and we do it four times a year. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, features and reviews alongside contemporary art. Subscribe, submit or advertise today – come join us on the edge of the continent.






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