Blank Spaces – a new Canadian literary magazine

Blank Spaces, Volume 1, Issue 1

Blank Spaces, Volume 1, Issue 1

I met Michelle McLaughlin at Word On The Street in Toronto, and was delighted when she wrote to me. She and Alanna Rusnak had seen me speak at the Humber School for Writers Workshop: Overcoming the Odds: Long Journey to Publication. In turn, they introduced me to Blank Spaces, a new Canadian literary magazine, where Michelle is an assistant editor and Alanna is an editor and publisher. Both women are also talented writers. According to Blank Spaces’ website, their mission is “to celebrate and champion the work of Canadian creatives, bringing exposure and support to artists across our great country.”

I love the feel and energy of the magazine! December’s edition (issue 2) includes the stunning photography of Aidan and Leanne Hennebry from Hush Hush Photography. Their photos of New York taken from a helicopter are breathtakingly beautiful. There are also many entertaining and engaging articles, essays, and poems, including the winning story from issue 1’s writing prompt challenge. The deadline to enter the next challenge is January 10, 2017.

Blank Spaces is a quarterly publication with new issues released in September, December, March and June. According to their submission guidelines, they are looking for:

  • flash fiction – short fiction – any topic, any genre (under 1000 words)
  • more than word – photo essay
  • food of love – fiction or nonfiction about music
  • different strokes – art feature
  • make art not war – DIY feature, creative living
  • story matters – the craft of writing
  • red solo cup – smaller pieces to fill the gaps. Poetry, micro-fiction, etc – be creative
  • shameless – creative non-fiction. Personal essay that delves into your own truth and experiences
  • fiction feature – longer fiction – any topic, any genre (up to 3500 words)
  • between the lines author/artist spotlight (not open for submissions but contributors may be approached for an interview)

Complete submission guidelines are available on their website. Magazine copies, print and digital, can be ordered online. You can also connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.


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