Call for submissions (January/February)

Briarpatch is accepting pitches for our unthemed January/February issue. Pitches are due September 1, 2019.

We are looking for investigative journalism, interviews, feature articles, narrative reporting, project profiles, comics and graphic texts, book reviews, and photo essays that are rooted in anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, feminist struggle.

If your pitch is accepted, first drafts are due October 9, 2019, with an intensive collaborative editing process lasting until the first week of November.

Your pitch should include what ground your contribution will cover, an estimated word count, and your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. Please send pitches to pitch[AT]

Before pitching, take a look at some of our back issues to see what we have recently covered. Please review our submission guidelines and a guide to pitching Briarpatch to improve your pitch.

If you have not written for Briarpatch before, please provide a brief writing sample.

We’re hoping to work with more writers of colour, especially Black and Indigenous writers. If you’re a writer of colour who wants more support in crafting a pitch or developing an angle for your story, you can email saima[at] before August 16, 2019.

Our contributor rates are as follows:

$100 – Profiles, short essays, book reviews, and parting shots (generally 1,500 words or less)
$200 – Feature stories (generally 2,000-2,500 words) and photo essays
$300 – Research-based articles and investigative reporting (generally 2,500-3,000 words)

We reserve the right to edit your work (with your active involvement), and cannot guarantee publication.

We’re also looking for pitches for our second annual Northern Writing Prize, a $600 prize for a feature article, photo essay, or graphic narrative that examines the politics, culture, environmental issues, and/or activism present in Canada’s North. Pitches for the Northern Writing Prize are also due September 1.