Call for submissions - Northern Ontario issue OMQ

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Deadline: December 31, 2015

Here up north we experience the world differently than our neighbours in the south. But does our experience of mental illness differ? Does our remoteness bring more opportunities or fewer? Does our proximity to the natural world affect our experience of illness? Does our healthcare system in the North falter when it comes to mental health? Are our smaller communities better or worse for recovery? How have YOU as a northerner experienced it?

Open Minds Quarterly, a literary magazine dedicated to writers with lived experience of mental illness and mental health challenges, is publishing a special topic issue in Summer 2016 exclusively devoted to the voices of writers in Northern Ontario. We are seeking personal essays, critical essays, poetry, and short stories about the experience of mental health recovery in the north. All pieces will be reviewed and the final selections will appear in the special issue, scheduled to be release in late summer 2016.

How to Submit

– All pieces must fall in line with our regular submission guidelines. Before submitting your work, please review the Submission Guidelines for details on types of writing we seek, length, number of pieces accepted, etc.

– When your work is ready for publication, submit your work by clicking on the button above. You will be taken to our online submission form,where you can upload your work and your cover letter. In your introductory letter, please be sure to mention that you are submitting to the special Northern Ontario issue.

– The deadline for submission is December 31, 2015.

All pieces will be reviewed and responded to with an acceptance or a decline, no matter the outcome. If there are more pieces accepted than space available, we may consider publishing some in future issues.


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2014 OAC logo RGB JPGThis special issue is part of a larger project funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Northern Ontario Arts grant. Thank you  to the Ontario Arts Council for your support in bringing this project to fruition. We’re eager to see, read, and share the stories that are created through this project.

Photo credit: “Black Hawk Lake” by davidjdoe. Licenced under CC by 2.0.

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