Submit to Counterflow

No fee submissions for Issue #2 open

October 1st - December 31, 2022

 

 The theme for our first issue was “Beginnings”.  We wanted to know your take on what the social, environmental, and economic themes around new beginnings - personal, relational, systemic

as we entered enter a new phase of this global pandemic crisis.
 

 

 What happens when you let go of writing constraints and allow your work to transform? Can you play with      a poem or story? Transition the form? Remove barriers? Make a long work short or a short work long?

 Make the beginning the end or the end the beginning? Discard the middle?

 Have a look at Issue#1  of COUNTERFLOW to get a sense of the flavours of work we are seeking.

You are eligible to submit to Counterflow if you reside in communities located anywhere on Vancouver Island and surrounding islands as well as all communities located within the Salish Sea basin

Submissions should be sent via our online submission form

By submitting your work you grant Counterflow First North American Serial and Electronic Rights.  Copyright reverts to you after publication of your work.  We accept simultaneous submissions; however, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please inform us immediately and withdraw your submission to Counterflow. Please only submit your work once per category during each submission period.

Poetry Submissions

  • Submit up to 3 poems in one document; each poem must be titled and must be no longer than one page in length

  • Times new roman, 12 pt, single or double spaced welcome

  • Your name is on the submission form. Please do not put your name within the document you attach to the submission form

  • File formats: .docx, .doc (Word)

  • Please include a brief bio (75 words or less)

  • Submissions will only be accepted via our online submission form

Short Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction

  •  Up to 500 words in length  

  • Times new roman, 12 pt, single or double spaced welcome

  • Your name is on the submission form. Please do not put your name within the document you attach to the submission form

  • File formats: .docx, .doc (Word)

  • Please include a brief bio (75 words or less)

  • Submissions will only be accepted via our online submission form

Visual Art

  • Open to all types of media 

  • File Format: jpg, png, gif

  • Please include a brief bio (75 words or less)

  • Submissions will only be accepted via our online submission form

Editorial Team

Susan Alexander  - Guest Editor/adjudicator

Issue#1

Susan is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance Floor Tilts and Nothing You Can Carry.

She hosts In/Verse, a monthly online reading series, for the Federation of BC Writers.

Her work has received awards including the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry in 2019, the Short Grain prize, and the Vancouver Writers Fest contest. Susan’s poems appear in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., have ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and even shown up in the woods around Whistler. She lives on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, the unceded and traditional territory of the Squamish people. 

Amber Morrison Fox - Assistant artistic director & Lead Designer

Amber holds an MFA in Art from the University of Lethbridge and a BA in Visual Art and Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University. She earned Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Student Achievement Award and the VIU Visual Art Major Award of Excellence in 2018. She is the creator and editor of Sad Girl Review, a collaborative art magazine project. Twitter: @amberartist. Instagram: @ambervisualartist.

Carla Stein - Artistic director

Carla's poetry and images have been published in Sustenance, Friday's Poems, Stonecoast Review, Sad Girl Review, Pocket Lint, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, Lemonspouting, The Belladonna, Polar Starlight and others. She has released two poetry chapbooks: Sideways Glances of an Everyday Sailor and Shrieking from the Shore. She holds a M.Ed. degree as well as a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Until leaving those fields to focus on her own writing and art, her career has included writing as both a freelance and broadcast journalist and as a counselor and accredited mental health and addictions therapist.  View her work at: www.roaeriestudio.com