Taking Submissions: Framework of the Human Body

Deadline: June 15th, 2022
Payment: Royalties and receive an advance of $15 Canadian
Theme: This anthology is about the human body and what it carries.
Note: Primarily looking for Canadian authors

This anthology is about the human body and what it carries. It’s about the untold stories we carry on our skin and in our bones: how you got those scars on your arms, the emotional density of having adult acne, the texture of your hair and how you’ve tried to change it, or the rigidness and pressure of weight loss culture. At some point in our lives, we look in the mirror and suddenly notice our bodies in a sort of visceral way. This collection is looking for stories of these moments: from epiphanies, to revelations, to acceptances.

Send us your best short stories, poems/art songs, creative nonfiction pieces, personal essays, features, and scripts. We are looking for imaginative writing that has unique description and poetic devices. Unconventional pieces that are relatable, and holds resonance within our readers long after they’ve read your piece. Fabulism, magical realism, speculative fiction, allegories, or anything of the sort is strongly encouraged. We want weird fiction that doesn’t follow any rules, and follows the impulse of our bodies.

Anthology edited by Catherine Mwitta

For this call, we are particularly interested in Canadian authors, though some International submissions may be accepted. Priority is given to Canadian work to align with Canadian granting body requirements.

All writers are paid in royalties and receive an advance of $15 Canadian prior to publication. Royalties are shared equally among all contributors and are not based on page or word count.  Full payment details provided in a publication contract. If you would like more details on payment before submitting, please contact Angela at angela [at] bellpressbooks.com.

Page lengths:

Scripts: 10–15 pages

Short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, personal essays, features: 10–12 pages

Poems/Art songs: up to 3 poems, 1–3 pages total

To submit, please email info [at] bellpressbooks.com and include:

  • your writing attached as a single word document
  • a cover letter on the first page of the document introducing your work
  • a brief bio included in the cover letter
  • the subject line “FRAMEWORK anthology [poetry/prose/other]”

Preferred formatting:

  • Times New Roman
  • 12pt
  • double spaced
  • word count at the top of the first page
  • poems in one document, with each starting on a separate page

One submission per writer,  
(multiple submissions, even if of a different style, will be ignored). Previously unpublished work only (no reprints).

Submissions containing racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, or transphobic content will be immediately rejected. We have zero tolerance for abuse in the writing community and writers who violate this standard will be rejected.

We strongly encourage submissions from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ writers.


About the Editor: 
Catherine Mwitta is a creative writing major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with prior certification in Journalism from Langara College. While she isn’t posting on her blog theaquilla.com , Catherine works as an editor at Dishsoap Quarterly and PULP Mag, and an editorial assistant at Prism International. She has short stories published in Quarantine Reviews, Random Photo Journal, Otis Nebula, and PULP Mag. Likewise, bylines at Stir Vancouver, RoyalTee Magazine, Malahat Review, SAD Mag, and This Magazine.

Via: Bell Press.

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