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The Fiddlehead

About The Fiddlehead: The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada's international literary journal, is entertainment for the thoughtful with its mix of poetry and stories by established and new writers.

Contact Information:

Campus House, 11 Garland Ct.

PO Box 4400, University of New Brunswick

Fredericton, New Brunswick  E3B 5A3

Phone: (506) 453-3501



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes (with notification) Email submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: 3-6 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 015-0630 Founded: 1945 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Magazines Canada Copy price: $10 for fall, winter, spring; $15 for summer Average pages: 128 for fall, winter, spring; 186 for summer Sample price (postpaid): $13-$18 Subscription 1 year: $30 (CAD) in Canada; $36 (US) Int'l (see website for other rates)

Publisher’s description: The Fiddlehead, published 4 times a year, is Atlantic Canada's international literary journal. Since 1945 it has surprised and delighted readers in Canada and across the world with its stories, poems, book reviews, and occasional essays. Many now well-known writers, such as Anne Compton, Alistair MacLeod, and Tom Wayman, found an early and enthusiastic welcome in The Fiddlehead. In alternating years the summer issue is devoted entirely to either poetry or fiction; these special, extended issues measure the pulse of literary writing. As well The Fiddlehead holds an annual writing contest in two categories, short fiction and poetry. The contest closes December 1st and the winning entries are published in the spring issue. "The Fiddlehead, a mix of common sense and magic . . . the magazine that has itself sustained so many writers by lending both mouth and ear," says Don McKay, the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize Canadian winner.

Recent issues:

The Fiddlehead is celebrating the arrival of spring with the publication of the winning poems and stories from its 23rd annual contest. Join in the festivities and raise a glass to our winners, Myler Wilkinson (fiction) and Kayla Czaga (poetry), and our honourable mentions, Wayde Compton, Maureen Hynes, Kyeren Regehr, and Jill Widner. And the celebration doesn’t end there—in this Spring 2014 issue are exciting new stories and poems from a host of authors including John Barton, Heather Cadsby, Michael Doyle, Dorothy Field, John Reibetanz, and Naben Ruthnum. The cover artwork is from Ann Balch’s whimsical “Stepping Out.”

The Winter 2014 issue features fiction by Jane Rogers, Michelle Barker, Emily Bosse, and Michael Patrick Jessome; poetry by Christopher Merrill and Marvin Bell, Alberto Rios, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Alice Major, Molly Sutton Kiefer, Adam Sol, Jeredith Merrin, Glenn Hayes, Bruce Bond, Robing Richardson, Michael Eden Reynolds, Anthony Christie, Lee Peterson, Shane Neilson, and Gary Allen. Reviews round out the issue.

The Fiddlehead's autumn 2013 issue features a generous selection of poems old and new from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. This issue also boasts new poems from Governor General Award winners Anne Compton and George Elliott Clarke, as well as new poems from the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize winner Sadiqa de Meijer and the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story prize winning “We Walked on Water” by Eliza Robertson. The oil painting on the cover is Paul Henley's "Eve."


last updated 05/13/2014