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A few words about us

The Antigonish Review was founded by R.J. MacSween in 1970. It is supported by St. Francis Xavier University with the welcome assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, and by our generous donors.

We are glad to welcome you to The Antigonish Review

Founded in 1970, The Antigonish Review is the third longest-running creative-writing journal in the Maritimes and one of the oldest continuing literary magazines in Canada.

A Small Magazine with an International Reputation

Far from being just a regional magazine, TAR reaches readers throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in countries like Germany, Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, England, and the Netherlands. Every year the journal receives more than a thousand submissions from as far away as Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Australia/New Zealand, India, Hawaii, and Brazil.

What Makes TAR Special

TAR has always prided itself on offering an eclectic array of poetry and prose by emerging as well as established writers. It also encourages critical discussion through its publishing of extensive book reviews and thoughtful scholarly articles.

TAR was also one of the first English-language literary journals in Canada to publish translations of French-Canadian poets. This tradition has expanded to include translations by international award-winning poets such as Estonian Arved Viirlaid and Brazilian Edilberto Coutinho.

In addition, each issue includes pieces by emerging and prominent Maritime artists. TAR won 2003 Canadian Magazine Publishers Award for Best Cover Art among Literary Magazines.

TAR also offers students opportunities to participate in the life of the journal, whether through internships or its Poet Grow-Op program, a joint initiative with UBC that promotes and publishes work by emerging college and university writers.

A Destination for Literary Excellence

TAR has a long reputation for attracting internationally recognized, award-winning writers. It has published the work of luminaries like Milton Acorn, Annie Dillard, Louis Dudek, Jane Jacobs, Marshall McLuhan, Thomas Merton, and Alden Nowlan.

Some of the many major Canadian voices that have appeared in its pages include Marshall McLuhan, John Thompson, Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards, Irving Layton, Carol Shields, Sheldon Currie, Lorna Crozier, Michael Crummey, Lynn Coady, Rohinton Mistry, Jan Zwicky, Stephanie Bolster, Sheree Fitch, Johanna Skibsrud, George Elliott Clarke, Don McKay, Brian Bartlett, Kathleen Winter, Alexander MacLeod, Wayne Johnston, Leo McKay Jr. and Anne Simpson.

 

Subscriptions information :




1 year digital subscriptions only – $25.00

Back Issues if available  - $15.00 

 The Antigonish Review Editorial Cooperative:

Managing Editor:  Gerald Trites

Poetry Editor:  Peter Sanger

Fiction Editor:  Veronica Ross

Essays & Articles Editors:  Tony Fabijancic

Book Reviews Editor:  Leo Furey

Web Consulting: Xtreme Technology Solutions

Production:  John Reigle & Stacy Doiron

Associate Editors/Fiction:   Reynold Stone, Sheldon Currie, Josh Brown, Adam Beardsworth, Margaret MacDonald, Angus MacCaull, Kailin Wright & Monica Graham

Student Volunteer Intern:    Briony Merritt

Editorial Office: 

c/o P.O. Box 318

Mahone Bay, NS

B0J 2E0
Email: TAR@stfx.ca

 

We acknowledge the financial support of St. Francis Xavier University and The Canada Council.

 

Homepage Quote

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

– Henry David Thoreau

Submission Guidelines - Payment

 

Poetry $5.00 per page to a maximum of $25.00 plus two copies 
Fiction $50.00 plus two copies
Articles/Essays $50.00 plus two copies
Book Reviews $50.00 pus two copies
Cover Art $100.00 plus two copies

 

 

 

Submission Guidelines - General

The quality of the writing is the chief criterion. We consider stories from anywhere, original or translations, but we consider it our mandate to encourage Atlantic Canadians and Canadian writers - but quality is always the chief criterion. We welcome new and young writers.

We respond to rejected submissions with suggestions when we can, particularly if we are asked to do so and particularly with new or young writers, and the closer the writer is to us geographically, Canadian, American, or other, the more trouble we take. Long stories may displace several shorter pieces, so the longer the story the higher its quality should be as there is less chance we will read it through and less chance we will respond with a critique.

Most stories that meet our minimum standard are read by at least 2 readers and all stories published are read and approved by at least 2 readers and a senior editor, therefore we may be a bit slow but we try to respond in 3 or 4 months. Some of our readers live far from Antigonish and as many as half the stories have to be shipped to them. So we ask your patience. We sometimes suggest revisions but if a writer sends back a revised version we feel no obligation to publish it; it has to compete with the new stories it arrives with. Please be patient with us. We read everything, sometimes four times, we have high quality help who get no pay and have to buy their own pencils so don't blame them if once in a while one of them snatches one of your coloured paper clips and if our comments sometimes seem cryptic, enigmatic, or even on the edge of something even worse, don't get cross at us - maybe we're tired, maybe we're grumpy, maybe we had to go out and buy a new pencil. But just the same we love to get your stuff.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

 

Submission Guidelines - Style Consistency

1. Dashes: All dashes should be "em dashes," like this — with space before and after the dash.

2. Ellipses: Use space before and after, like this ... but, generally, no ellipses are needed at the beginning and end of a direct quote (unless required to avoid misrepresentation).

3. Line indents: Consistency within each piece is always preferred.

4. Paragraph indents: Entire blocks of text may be indented for a purpose (e.g., to display a letter within a piece of fiction or a long quotation within a review). Consistency of indent size is preferred for all pieces.

5. Single or double quotation marks: The American style is for double as the first order, and then single within double. The British style is the reverse. Canadian style accommodates either preference (but tends toward the American style). For TAR, either is acceptable but within a piece "consistency" is desired (not 'mixed' quotation order).

6. Italics is preferred for book titles even if the author uses quotation marks.

7. Curly rather than straight quotation marks and apostrophes are preferred in all cases.

8. Spelling choices: Consistency with American or British within a piece, but flexibility among pieces is desired. If mixed within a piece, choose the most predominant usage (e.g., Webster, Oxford, or Canadian Oxford). If there is no obvious spelling style in a piece, use Canadian Oxford as the dictionary of reference. Canadian spelling is the preference of the TAR editorial staff.

 

Submission Guidelines - Guidelines

Poetry Guidelines

1. TAR is open to poetry on any subject written from any point of view and in any form. However, writers should expect their work to be considered within the full context of old and new poetry in English and other languages.

2. The amount of space TAR can devote to any one writer is usually limited to 5-6 pages at a maximum.

3. No more than 6-8 poems should be submitted at any one time. A preferable submission would be from 3-4 poems. Submitting more than 8 tends to conceal the merits of individual poems. The poet should also know, fairly clearly, what is or is not good work and send only that.

4. Poets should wait for response to a submission before submitting again.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Fiction Guidelines

1. Submission should be typed, double spaced, author's last name on each page, and can range in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Any submissions longer than 3,000 words are not likely to be accepted.

2. No more than 1 story should be sent at any one time. Writers should wait for a response before submitting again.

3. The Antigonish Review prefers not to consider fiction that has been submitted elsewhere (multiple submissions).

4. Normally we do not publish sections of novels and we do not publish plays or scripts.

5. We attempt to respond within two to four months.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Essays & Articles Guidelines

Travel sketches, personal memoirs, writing about sports, culture, history, or other essays which fall under the general rubric of creative non-fiction, are welcome. Accompanying photographs may be considered.

Serious scholarly works, interviews with Canadian literati, and the like will be considered from time to time, but those too narrow in scope or written in specialized jargon are better placed in a targeted academic, refereed, or professional journal.

Most of the essays we publish run from 1000 to 4000 words.

We do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Please submit only one essay at a time.

WE DO NOT GENERALLY ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS. WE WILL, HOWEVER, ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS FROM WRITERS LIVING ABROAD.

Guidelines for Book Reviews

The Antigonish Review invites reviews of recent Canadian poetry, fiction and non-fiction; however, all material submitted must be original and previously unpublished.

'Recent' may extend back to a year in time; this is not that unusual for book reviews.

Reviews run roughly between 1,000 and 2,500 words. A reviewer might choose to review a single book, or a review of two-four books that invite connections.

Please note that we distinguish between 'book reviews' and 'review essays'.

We aim for balanced reviews - that is, strengths and criticisms. We reserve the right to reject reviews, or request revisions.

It is a good idea to consult several reviews in one of our recent issues. Our reviews tend to have a conversational, rather than academic tenor.

We are able to offer a modest honorarium per review. If you do not own a copy of the book you wish to review, let us know, and we will contact the publisher. However, we have a considerable number or books for review in our office. If you contact us to express interest in reviewing, we may well have a copy of the book on hand.

If you are interested in submitting a review for consideration, please contact tar@stfx.ca and pitch us your review idea. We do not accept multi-submitted reviews.

 

Poet Grow-Op - Submission Guidelines

Who can submit to the Poet Grow-Op, and how:

The Poet Grow-Op: TAR's spotlight on student poetry, is open to students (age doesn't matter) enrolled in a post-secondary institution at the time of submission.

Please send your work to  TAR@stfx.ca with your poem(s) attached in a .doc file. If you submit multiple poems, please send them as individual files. .doc file names should be the title of its poem. Your email's subject line must be in the following form: Name/pseudonym. Poet Grow-Op Submission.

No more than three poems per submission.

Response to your work will be given within approximately four to eight weeks. Please do not re-submit to The Poet Grow-Op until you've heard back from us.

Works must be previously unpublished in any form. TAR retains the first English-language, North American serial rights. All other rights to the work remain yours and you may reprint in whatever manner you choose after publication on our website. TAR would appreciate being acknowledged in any subsequent publications.

Submissions will not be returned. We do not accept hard copies.

Please include your postal address and a brief third-person biography of about 50 words or less. Let us know your school, field and year of study. Yyou do not have to be an English student to submit!), literary projects, favourite ice cream or wine vintage, and anything else!