Submissions Guidelines for Resiliency
The Resiliency project is open only to Canadian residents, citizens, or landed immigrants and asylum seekers. Canadian citizens living abroad are also eligible to submit. We will accept submissions in French as well as Indigenous or First Nations languages if an English translation can be provided. The project is funded by Calgary Arts Development and was awarded to The Selkie Collective.
The Selkie is committed to working with marginalised and/or underrepresented voices and will only consider work by/concerned with: individuals identifying as women or non-binary; people of colour; minorities in predominantly white nations; refugees and first-generation immigrants; LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit communities; those living with mental illness, or physical or other disabilities; those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs; victims of violence, or domestic or sexual abuse; and those without access to higher education degrees, living below the poverty line, or who are/have been homeless or incarcerated.
The theme for the anthology is resiliency. The theme evokes recovery, what happens after profound change and upheaval, and how we carry on. The theme can be interpreted in any way you choose and artistic work does not have to be specifically set in Canada or feature Canadian symbols or themes. We accept all genres that fall under fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and submissions are open to writers of all ages.
Compensation and Rights
Successful contributors will be paid $50 CAD and will receive one physical copy of the anthology ($15 value).
Simultaneous submissions are accepted but previously published material is not considered. For each selected story, we ask for exclusive first world English anthology rights in all print and electronic forms, and in all editions of the book. This means that the The Selkie Publications CIC has the right to publish the story first and in subsequent versions of the anthology, and contributors will retain rights to their stories and are free to submit their stories for reprint twelve months after the publication date. By submitting your story to The Selkie Publications CIC, you agree to these terms.
Art and illustration contract to be determined upon acceptance.
The submission deadline is 1 January 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT), and the anthology will be published in Summer 2020. You can read our 2019 anthology, Transformation, here. There is no fee to submit, but we ask for one submission per artist.
A book launch will be held in Calgary, Alberta with invited guests of local literary and artistic communities. Successful contributors will be invited to attend however, travel costs will be at their own expense.
Online and in-person workshops will be available during the submission period to provide mentorship assistance and editorial feedback. Dates to be announced shortly.
How to Submit
Please fill out the submission form HERE and follow the instructions on sending your file.
Literary submissions must be attached as a Microsoft Word compatible document. Please include the subject as ‘Resiliency anthology submission’ in your email. Please ensure you fill out the submission form prior to sending your file.
Fiction and Nonfiction 1,000 – 2,000 words
Flash Fiction: 250–1,000 words
Short Story (no excerpts): 1,000–2,000 words
Poetry: up to three pages (8.5 x 11)
Art and Illustration: High resolution JPEG
We only publish high-quality work; all approved submissions are checked by at least two editors. Contributors would need to be okay with their work being edited to correct any grammatical errors and to ensure the house style is followed for consistency.
The Selkie is a non-profit community interest company based in the United Kingdom. The Resiliency Anthology is funded by Calgary Arts Development and awarded to The Selkie Collective.