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Submit to Counterflow

Issue #3  - Restor-volution

submissions open Oct. 1st - Dec. 31, 2023

 

​Change. It's happening all around us in both excitingly positive and extremely negative ways. In Issue #3 of Counterflow, we invite you to let your work speak to the idea of a Restor-volution. This concept, developed by Wordstorm’s artistic team, asks how poets and writers can help move the conversation toward exploring and rethinking the ways that we relate to our planet and to each other to restore harmony, balance, and equity for all species that share this world. We aren't looking for a revolution, but a new stage of evolution that honours the wisdom of generations who understood that humanity and nature are not divisible, but are inextricably connected. Send us your best work and let's start a Restor-volution!
 

Have a look at previous issues 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. Please send submissions in English or French. French language submissions must include an English language translation provided by the author.

 

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).

We strive to let everyone know the status of their submissions as soon as possible after the

December 31st deadline. Our editorial team are all volunteers though and we get lots of submissions,

so it might take up to three months to get a response. Look for a message about the status of your submission from this address: counterflowmagazine@gmail.com

Submissions to Counterflow Issue #2 are closed!

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 only. 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 only. 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

Heidi Greco - Guest Editor/adjudicator      Issue #3

Heidi Greco lives and works on Territory of the Semiahmoo Nation in Surrey, BC. She writes in many genres—from poetry and fiction to essays, reviews, and blog posts. Her work has been published in books, magazines, and anthologies, both print and online. She frequently serves on juries or as a judge for writing contests. In 2018 she edited the anthology, From the Heart of It All: Ten Years of Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. More details can be found at her website, heidigreco.ca

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 Stein’s poetry and illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of publications including Sustenance, The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Stonecoast Review, Pocket Lint, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, Sea and Cedar Magazine, NonBinary Review, The Belladonna, Centipede-Cha-Cha, Penumbric, and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine among others. Carla contributed to a renku in 2022 which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her new chapbook, Warp and Weft, is forthcoming from Tigerpetal Press. She is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets and the current artistic director of Wordstorm Society of the Arts. Carla makes art and writes poems from her home in Nanaimo, B.C. View her artwork at: www.roaeriestudio.com 

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