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Canadian Literary Journals, Zines, and Periodicals

Ascent Aspirations Magazine

Ascent publishes aspiring writers of poetry and short fiction in the form of independent collections and anthologies. Ascent aims to create a connected web of writers and writer groups that helps to promote poetry, short fiction and other written forms locally and globally.

The Antigonish Review

The Antigonish Review is a quarterly literary journal published by St. Francis Xavier University. The Review features poetry, fiction, reviews and critical articles from all parts of Canada, the US and overseas, using original graphics to enliven the format.


Brick is a literary journal published twice a year, featuring the work of both Canadian and international writers.

Books in Canada: The Canadian Review of Books

Formerly published nine times a year, Books in Canada no longer puts out new issues, but still offers an online archive of reviews of Canadian and international authors.

Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil is a website and a print magazine published three times a year. It is one of the few magazines in the world devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts. Broken Pencil reviews the best zines, books, websites, videos, and artworks from the underground and reprints the best articles from the alternative press.

Bywords: Poetry and Ottawa Literary Events

Bywords publishes on a monthly basis poems on the web, a Calendar of Literary Events, and the Bywords Quarterly Journal. Its aims are to publish emerging and established poets who reside, study or work in Ottawa.

The Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ)

CALJ represents the interests of learned journals in many consultation processes. It also helps establish a better dialogue through the input that CALJ members can bring to these consultations, based on their experiences.

Canadian Book Review Annual

The Canadian Book Review Annual provides the most comprehensive collection of authoritative reviews of English-language trade, scholarly, and reference books published in Canada each year.

Canadian Journal of Native Studies

The journal publishes anthropological, historical, sociological, political, legal, educational and cultural issues affecting First Nations people. Although the majority of articles deal with Indigenous peoples in Canada, it also publishes articles dealing with Indigenous peoples world-wide.

Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review

Canadian Literature explores and celebrates the best Canadian writers and writing. Each issue contains articles, poems and an extensive book reviews section. The journal does not publish fiction.

Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ)

Canadian Notes & Queries has long been concerned with borders and boundaries; with defining and shaping Canadian literary culture and taste. Contrarian and controversial, CNQ covers art and literature, and anything else remotely connected to the world of books, literature and art in Canada.

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture is a peer-reviewed quarterly of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, published by Purdue University Press online in full text.


dANDelion is a semi-annual literary magazine, associated with the Department of English at the University of Calgary, that publishes the work of Canadian and international writers and artists.

The Danforth Review

The Danforth Review is produced in Toronto, Ontario. It publishes fiction, interviews and reviews.


Descant is a quarterly journal publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world. Descant is devoted to the discovery and development of new writers, and to placing their work in the company of celebrated writers.

Essays on Canadian Writing

Essays on Canadian Writing is a scholarly journal of criticism and review devoted to the study of Canadian literature. They are receptive to all critical approaches and theoretical modes of inquiry.

Event Magazine

Event is a literary magazine which focuses on fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, notes on writing and reviews. Our contributors include both established and unknown writers.

The Fiddlehead

The Fiddlehead is published four times a year at the University of New Brunswick, and features short stories, poems, book reviews, and a small number of personal essays.

filling Station

filling Station is a print-based forum spotlighting progressive, avant-garde works of poetry, fiction, screenplays, scripts, photography, fine arts, and film.

First Nations Periodical Index

The First Nations Periodical Index contains journals of mainly Canadian Native content. This Index is a tool providing access to information about First Nations for students (high school or university), educators, instructors, researchers and the general public.

Forget Magazine

Online publication featuring poetry, fiction, reporting and essays with an emphasis on Canadian content.


Geist, a magazine of Canadian Ideas and Culture, publishes the work of Canadian writers and artists which explores the lines between fiction and non-fiction, and presents new views of the connective tissues of this place Canada.

Grain Magazine

Grain Magazine is an internationally acclaimed literary journal, publishing the freshest poetry and prose from Canada, the US, and abroad.


Hazlitt is Random House of Canada’s online magazine. It features both best-selling, award-winning auhtors alongside young, emerging writers from Canada and abroad.


Inquire is a new peer-reviewed international journal of Comparative Literature to be published online by the graduate students of the Program of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta beginning January 2011. Inquire aims to build upon the successes of Comparative Literature as a multifaceted discipline that emphasizes the study of minor literatures and languages, translation, and literary theory by providing the space for informed discussion and creative research by graduate students. Accordingly, the first issue is titled Bold Inquiry: New Directions in Comparative Literature.

It’s Still Winter

It’s Still Winter is a web journal of contemporary Canadian poetry and poetics at the University of Northern British Columbia. Presently on hiatus; only past issues available.

Kiss Machine

Kiss Machine is a magazine which publishes surreal art and fiction, essays, columns and interviews with an emphasis on literary culture and politics.


Lichen is a journal from Durham which features the work of local poets, writers, and visual artists alongside that of others from across Canada and beyond


Literacies is a national forum that includes university-based researchers, program-based researchers, policy-makers and program workers. Their goal is to cross fences and unite the range of fields and disciplines that touch literacy.

Malahat Review

The Malahat Review features contemporary Canadian and international works of poetry and fiction as well as reviews of recently published Canadian poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction. On occasion, it also publishes interviews, essays and issues on a single theme or author.


Mosaic is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing the very best critical work in literature and theory. The journal brings insights from a wide variety of disciplines to bear on literary texts, cultural climates, topical issues, divergent art forms and modes of creative activity.

The New Quarterly

The New Quarterly is a literary journal with a mandate to discover new and overlooked talent and publish it alongside the work of now well-known writers.

On Spec

In existence since 1989, On Spec is Canada’s longest-running journal of Literature of the Fantastic. It publishes new works of short “genre” fiction and poetry, focusing on science fiction, fantasy, horror and magic realism. Interviews with writers and artists are also featured in every issue.

One Throne Magazine

One Throne is a literary magazine published out of the Yukon. It publishes writers from all around the globe, including Canada; focusing on providing a voice for the North.

Other Voices

Other Voices: Journal of the Literary and Visual Arts is committed to the publication of quality literary and visual art, particularly work by women. Other Voices features poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction prose, essays, solicited reviews, photographs, and artwork that reflects diverse cultural, sexual, and regional perspectives.


Pøst- is an online bilingual poetry journal interested in contemporary literature, publishing texts in English and French.

Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire is a quarterly magazine that publishes a wide range of writing including poems, stories, personal essays, and interviews.

Prairie Journal

The Prairie Journal publishes quality poetry, short fiction, drama, literary criticism, reviews, bibliography, interviews, profiles and artwork.

Prairie Poetry

Prairie Poetry is dedicated to poets of the North American Great Plains. It features work that finds its subject matter in the land or the people East of the Rocky Mountains and West of the Mississippi River, from Northern Canada to Northern Mexico.


Precipice is a literary/arts magazine published through the Department of English at Brock University which features poetry, short fiction, short dramas, personal essays, book reviews, photography, and visual art.

Queen’s Quarterly

Queen’s Quarterly offers both the academic and the general reader a lively collection of analysis and reflection, in fields as diverse as international relations, science policy, literary criticism, travel writing, economics, religion, short fiction, and poetry.

Quill & Quire

Quill & Quire is the monthly magazine of the Canadian book trade. Its primary audience is publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers, students and educators, and other media in every province.


Stonestone is an online semiannual literary journal focusing on the poetic apprehension of the physical world.

Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne (SCL/ÉLC)

Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne (SCL/ÉLC) is a biannual, bilingual journal devoted to the study of Canadian literature in English and French, and published at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

sub-TERRAIN Magazine

sub-TERRAIN Magazine features a fusion of fiction, poetry, photography and graphic illustration from uprising Canadian, U.S. & International writers and artists.

Theatre Research in Canada

Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada is a refereed journal which publishes papers that use the full range of critical and historical approaches applied to the study of theatre as a multidisciplinary art, in the context of the cultures of Canada and Québec.

West Coast Line

West Coast Line publishes work by writers and artists who are experimenting with or expanding the boundaries of conventional forms and contexts. It features work engaged with problems of representation, race, culture, gender, sexuality, technology, media, urban/rural spaces, nature, and language.

White Wall Review

The White Wall Review is published by the Ryerson Literary Society and welcomes submissions in the form of fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and visual art.