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Fiction; Poetry; Creative non-fiction; Book reviews[/twocolumns]

[twocolumns class=”omega”]The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s international literary journal, is open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. It represents the Atlantic Canada’s lively cultural and literary diversity; and places the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry and are dedicated to discovering and promoting new writers.The Fiddlehead also publishes the occasional creative non-fiction piece and even novel and play excerpts.



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Founded: 1945
Location: Fredericton, NB
Format: Print
Issues/yr: 4
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Website: www.thefiddlehead.ca


Recent Awards: Eliza Robertson’s story “We Walked on Water,” (Autumn 2013) won a Commonwealth short story prize.
Clea Young’s’ “Juvenile” and Jeremy Lanaway’s “Downturn” appeared in the 2014 Journey Prize Stories 26, and Young’s story was one of the three finalists for the Journey prize.
Michelle Butler Hallett’s story “Bush-Hammer Finish” (Autumn 2013) appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2014.

Numerous poems published in Fiddlehead have been selected for inclusion in Best of Canadian Poetry in English series.
The 2014 edition had poems by M. Travis Lane, Elizabeth Brewster, Sadiqa de Meijer, and Sean Howard.
The Fiddlehead published the title poem the title poem, “Methodist Hatchet,” as well as two others, from Ken Babstock’s 2012 Griffin Prize winning book and also a long sequence of poems from Jan Zwicky’s 2012 Griffin-nominated Forge.


Unsolicited Submissions: Yes
Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
Reading Period: All year
Response Time: 3-6 months


If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead, you should read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal. Take the time to check out the submission guidelines and prepare your submission carefully. The submission guidelines can be found on our website www.thefiddlehead.ca/submissions.html.

All unsolicited poetry, short story, CNF submissions should be mailed to:

The Fiddlehead,
Campus House, 11 Garland Ct.,
PO Box 4400,
University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A3.

The Fiddlehead does not consider faxed, emailed, or digital submissions.

For book reviews, please email a query along with samples of previous reviews produced to fiddlehd@unb.ca


The Fiddlehead publishes literary short fiction, poetry, and more occasionally creative non-fiction pieces, excerpts from novels and plays. Each issue also contains short reviews of recently published Canadian literature.

The Fiddlehead runs an annual contest for ficiton and poetry. All entries must be submitted by mail and postmarked by 1 December (or the next business day when the 1st falls on a weekend). For more details see our contest rules at http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html.