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Send poetry, short fiction, short memoirs, and art to the Spadina Literary Review as email attachments. Variant spellings are OK to some extent provided they are widely understood. The Spadina Literary Review is not in a position to pay contributors. Do what suits your interests and/or your feelings with regard to any material you want to share. Any non-fiction or art that involves extensive work, be sure to query first. If you choose to appear in the Spadina Literary Review, you retain copyright for all subsequent use or purposes. You might also want to keep in mind that our readership is international.

Our email address is spadlit@gmail.com.

Our mailing address is 101-639 Dupont Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 1Z4, Canada. Note that we will not return items sent by courier or post office mail.


We like poems that are comprehensible to most readers. We like to give each poem its own page, which also means the poem should be substantial enough to look good on a page. So nothing shorter than a sonnet, please. However, a sequence of shorties clearly linked by a common theme might work — a good example is Gregg Dotoli's "Animal haiku" in issue #21.

Short fiction

600-3,000 words.


An interesting, 100%-true episode from your life. 1,200-2,400 words. The emphasis is on episode, as distinct from a whole life story. If you are submitting in this category, please plainly indicate that the item is "Memoir".


A short essay on some topic you've given thought to. 1,200-2,000 words. An example is Daniel Hudon's "How to Look at the Moon" in Issue #22.


We have cover art and illustrations. We're glad to look at whatever you want to show. Photos too. Comics too.


Anyone who has published with us can use the Updates section to post affable PR on their latest books or significant events. Here we ask for an interesting photo — one that suggests how your work emerges from your personality and/or environment. Here's some examples.

call for applications

The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency Program offers writers and poets the opportunity to live and work in a place of literary and historic significance, poet Al Purdy's house by Roblin Lake near Ameliasburgh, Ontario.

Purdy House

Writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may apply for a term of from two to twelve weeks. Those awarded residency receive a $750 weekly stipend and are free to spend their time writing. For each month of their stay, residents are asked to participate in one public activity such as a reading, lecture, workshop, or school event.

Go to www.alpurdy.ca for details. Applications close October 18.