The Capilano Review publishes innovative writing and art. Please get to know our magazine before submitting by viewing some featured content or purchasing one of our most recent issues.


  • Each issue of TCR includes art, poetry, fiction, essays and interviews commissioned by the editor, as well as a small selection of unsolicited poetry and prose.
  • We accept submissions of poetry (to a maximum of 8 pages) and submissions of prose (to a maximum of 2,000 words).
  • We publish 500-word reviews of books, art exhibits and events in our review section, see to see, and welcome your pitches on an ongoing basis. We value unconventional approaches to reviews so send your pitch to accompanied by a brief bio. Please note we do not accept reviews via Submittable.
  • It may take four to six months for us to respond to your submission.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us if your work is placed elsewhere.
  • We buy First North American serial rights and limited, non-exclusive digital rights. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.
  • Contributors are paid $50 per published page to a maximum of $200.

Contest Statement

There is no chance that we will fall apart
There is no chance
There are no parts

— June Jordan, from “Poem Number Two on Bell’s Theorem, or The New Physicality of Long Distance Love”

As civic selves we have been called upon to “do our part,” to distance from one another to slow the spread of a virus. We retreat and stock up in preparation for emergency measures even while, as a whole, we are reminded of the necessity of connection, relations, and community. We share stories, salt dough recipes, and homemade remedies. Anxiety, precarity, loss, and isolation are also common amongst us. How do we thrive? Evoking generational knowledge, what lessons, strategies of care, and innovations are your mainstays? What new qualities are being brung to the notion of “staying in touch”? In some ways slower, stiller, and more reliant on the dematerial—what is elegant; what holds; what is value IRL?

— Cecily Nicholson, contest judge

Submission Guidelines

Length: 4-page maximum submission / 450 words maximum per page.

Form: Your work may unfold as poems, prose, image… As always, we’re keen to receive venturesome work that departs from standard narratives.

Fee: Sliding scale $5-$35 CAD, which includes a complimentary digital or print subscription to The Capilano Review. 50% of all proceeds will go towards the DTES Support Fund, a coordinated effort to bring urgently needed supplies to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. [Note: If the entry fee presents a barrier for you, we still encourage you to submit. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.]

Prize: Three winning entries will receive a $300 cash prize and publication in our web folio, ti-TCR.

Submit your work via Submittable here.

About Our Contest Judge

Cecily Nicholson coordinates public and school programs with the Surrey Art Gallery and is part of the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group. She is the author of Triage (Talonbooks, 2011), and From the Poplars (Talonbooks, 2014), which won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her most recent work, Wayside Sang (Talonbooks, 2017), won the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry.

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