THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR ISSUE 43: FOOD X IDENTITY (SPRING-SUMMER 2021) IS NOW OPEN. We invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work on the theme of food and identity. 

IMPORTANT: please note that Qwerty is a graduate student-run magazine at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and work submitted between February and September 2020 may not be read and responded-to immediately.

We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous writers and artists, writers and artists of colour, writers and artists with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ writers and artists, and writers and artists from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.

What to send:

Our number one criterion, above all else, is mastery of craft. Though Qwerty has primarily published literary fiction and fine art, we have no qualms with publishing genre fiction that subverts convention, experimental work that inverts tradition in pursuit of innovative storytelling, or images that play on the senses in unusual ways.

So go ahead: send us your stories that tap into the lower depths of the public consciousness. And also send us your poems and photos about the zombie apocalypse. So long as it’s exemplary, we’d be delighted to feature your work in future issues of Qwerty.

Authors retain full copyright for works published in Qwerty.

Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction: previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Your submission must be double-spaced, in 12-point font. Please send only one story at a time.

Poetry: previously unpublished poetry in any style. You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry, single-spaced. Each poem should begin on a new page, and all poems should be in a single file.

Artwork and Photography: We accept up to 5 high-quality, unpublished prints per submission.

Reviews and Interviews: Please query us (qwertymagazine@gmail.com) about submitting reviews and interviews.

What happens next:

Qwerty is staffed entirely by volunteers, and response time usually varies between 6-12 months (see note above). If you need to withdraw a submission or part of a submission, please withdraw or add a note indicating so through your Submittable account. Please wait until you have received a reply to your first submission before submitting again, and please submit to only one genre at a time.

Contributors whose work is selected for publication are rewarded with a small honorarium (CDN $10) and, as of Fall-Winter 2019, two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact qwertymagazine@gmail.com.

For inclusion in our upcoming themed issue, FOOD X IDENTITY (No. 43), we invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work that explores food(s) in relation to racial, queer, gendered, etc. identities and bodies. 


Questions you may want to consider:

- How does food relate to your (racialized, queer, gendered, etc.) identity?

- What do certain foods evoke in your body?

- What food memories are stored in your DNA?

- How do you gender(bend) recipes in order to pass down or start new legacies?

- What do you hunger for?


You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry, single-spaced, but please include all the pages in a single document with 1-inch margins on all sides.

In your cover letter, please include your name and full contact information (including your current mailing address). For this special issue, we would like to hold space for 2SQ+BIPOC artists, and ask submitters to self-identify in their short (50 words max) bio. 

Please also indicate whether your submission has been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. After sending us your work, please wait at least six months before submitting again.

For inclusion in our upcoming themed issue, FOOD X IDENTITY (No. 43), we invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work that explores food(s) in relation to racial, queer, gendered, etc. identities and bodies.

Questions you may want to consider:

- How does food relate to your (racialized, queer, gendered, etc.) identity?

- What do certain foods evoke in your body?

- What food memories are stored in your DNA?

- How do you gender(bend) recipes in order to pass down or start new legacies?

- What do you hunger for?


We accept previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. Your submission must be double-spaced, in 12-point font and with 1-inch margins on all the pages.

In your cover letter, please include your name and full contact information (including your current mailing address). For this special issue, we would like to hold space for 2SQ+BIPOC artists, and ask submitters to self-identify in their short (50 words max) bio.

Please also indicate whether your submission has been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. After sending us your work, please wait at least six months before submitting again.

For inclusion in our upcoming themed issue, FOOD X IDENTITY (No. 43), we invite 2SQ+BIPOC artists to submit work that explores food(s) in relation to racial, queer, gendered, etc. identities and bodies.


Questions you may want to consider:

- How does food relate to your (racialized, queer, gendered, etc.) identity?

- What do certain foods evoke in your body?

- What food memories are stored in your DNA?

- How do you gender(bend) recipes in order to pass down or start new legacies?

- What do you hunger for?


We accept up to five high-quality, previously unpublished prints per submission.

In your cover letter, please include your name and full contact information (including your current mailing address). For this special issue, we would like to hold space for 2SQ+BIPOC artists, and ask submitters to self-identify in their short (50 words max) bio.

Please also indicate whether your submission has been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. After sending us your work, please wait at least six months before submitting again.

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