Submit to Counterflow

No fee submissions for Issue #1 "Beginnings" are open

October 1st - December 31, 2021

Release date: March, 2022

 

 The theme for our first issue is “Beginnings”. As we enter a new phase of this global pandemic crisis,

 what are the social, environmental, and economic themes around new beginnings -

 personal, relational, systemic?

 

 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?

 We invite you to let yourself experience your own counterflow and we can’t wait to see the results!

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 with the Salish Sea basin

Submissions should be sent via our online submissiom form

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: 

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:

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