Taddle Creek

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Work presented in Taddle Creek is humorous, poignant, ephemeral, urban, and rarely overly earnest, though not usually all at once. Theme issues generally are avoided, though when they do pop up from time to time, they’re not of the themes one might expect. Taddle Creek takes its mission to be the journal for those who detest everything the literary magazine has become in the twenty-first century very seriously, with rigorous editorial values and a keen eye on design.

Founded: 1997
Location: Toronto, ON
Format: Print; Online
Issues/yr: 2
Issue Price: $6.00
Subscription Price: $18.00/4 issues
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Taddle Creek
P.O. Box 611, Station P
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2Y4


2015 Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Award, Illustration (Cover) for The Kids’ Issue by Frank Viva
2014 National Magazine Award , Illustration and Photo Illustration for The Orphan” by Pascal Blanchet (Honourable Mention)
2014 Journey Prize for Four Minutes” by Andrew MacDonald (Long Listed)
2012 Professional Writers Association of Canada Award, Features Writing Award for “Local Hero” by Jay Somerset

Genres Published: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Art, Interviews
Unsolicited Submissions: 
Simultaneous Submissions: No
Electronic Submissions: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 to May 31
Response Time: 2 – 6 months
High editorial standards are Taddle Creek’s top priority (the magazine detests the word “mandate”). All works appearing in the magazine go through a rigorous process of editing, fact checking, copy editing, and proofreading. Generally, the magazine follows the rules set out in the Chicago Manual of Style, though its first reference is The Taddle Creek Guidebook to Editorial Style and Its Usage. Why have such a document when Chicago is so thorough? Because Taddle Creek likes to be different, and as good as Chicago is, some of its rules, especially in more recent editions, are such that Taddle Creek simply cannot abide by them.

Taddle Creek accepts only submissions of fiction and poetry. If you have an idea for a non-fiction piece of some kind, please send a pitch to the editor, but know that with only two issues a year in which to publish such work, the odds of it being accepted are slim. If you’re a cartoonist, please find a way to get Taddle Creek’s attention, via an on-line portfolio or some such.