Submit to Counterflow

No fee submissions for Issue #2 open

October 1st - December 31, 2022

 

​The theme is open for our second issue of Counterflow. Tell us about living on the 'wet' coast (that is becoming increasingly drier), let us in on what charms you about your corner of the Salish Sea Basin, bring us stories about your days, your nights, your adventures, the opportunities grasped or the ones that slipped away. We want to hear your poems that laugh or cry, your stories fictional or real, the ones that give us a glimpse into your days, your thoughts, your wishes and fears. Send us your best work on any topic you choose.
 

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 the surrounding islands as well as all communities located within the Salish Sea basin.  Submissions received from outside of our geographical region will not be read.

 

There are no submission fees, however, if you would like to help support Counterflow, you can send a donation via e-transfer to Wordstorm Society of the Arts (wordstormsociety@gmail.com).

Submit to Counterflow Issue #2 here!

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 

  • 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 (50 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 (50 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 (50 words or less)

  • Submissions will only be accepted via our online submission form

Editorial Team

Neil Surkan - Guest Editor/adjudicator      Issue #2

Neil is the author of two full-length poetry collections — Unbecoming (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), which was selected as one of three finalists for the City of Calgary’s W.O. Mitchell Award, and On High (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) — and the chapbooks Their Queer Tenderness (Knife-Fork-Book, 2020) and Super, Natural (Anstruther Press, 2017). His award-winning poems have appeared in numerous Canadian magazines.Neil earned a PhD in English from the University of Calgary in 2021 after completing an MA-CRW at the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) at the University of Victoria. He currently lives and teaches in Nanaimo, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, with Luca, Edi, and Lloyd.

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Amber Morrison - 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