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BRITISH COLUMBIA'S MAGAZINE FOR WRITERS


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Submissions Open for Volume 3, 2024

The deadline for article proposals is July 19 at 11:59 pm




Submit your article pitch here

The deadline for article proposals is July 19 at 11:59 pm

Theme: Truth Be Told - The Creative Nonfiction Issue

Our fall 2024 issue of WordWorks celebrates creative nonfiction and memoir writing. Creative nonfiction writers borrow techniques traditionally used in fiction to tell nonfiction stories “with style.” In this issue, we’ll explore how point of view, setting, description, dialogue, and other narrative techniques can be used to tell the truth in new and engaging ways. Whether your subject is history, science, nature, travel, or your own life, we would love to hear from you if you work in creative nonfiction.  

What excites you about this genre? What literary techniques have you used to make a factual account more engaging? How far would you go to research a true story? Have you had any misadventures while researching a creative nonfiction piece? How do you approach the ethics of writing creative nonfiction stories about real people? How have your creative nonfiction essays or books been received? 

Your pitch should include a clear connection to this issue's theme and a summary of what a reader will get from your article. We are particularly interested in articles that encourage, inspire, and/or provide valuable advice or information to our readers. 

We publish one-page articles (maximum 550 words INCLUDING a 50-word bio), or two-page articles (1000-1100 words, again including the bio).


general information about

WORDworks magazine

and pitching

Email any questions or concerns to Rachel Muller at wordworks@bcwriters.ca

Please submit up to two pitches (150 words max per pitch).

We prioritize submissions from FBCW members but welcome submissions from all writers with a connection to BC or Yukon. 

We encourage those pitching to the Magazine to review past issues for insight on what we have recently published and the types of articles that capture our attention.


Back Issues (2014 to Present)

Archives (1982 to 2013)            


2024 rates

and specifications

Articles

WordWorks pays $125 for articles of 400–550 words and $250 for articles of 800–1,050 words. We will consider longer features as well. These rates may change in future issues.

Reprints

Have you previously written an article or blog post that fits our theme? We pay $50 for selected reprints.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry

Although we are primarily interested in articles, we will occasionally consider a limited number of poems (up to 30 lines) or pieces of prose (up to 500 words) centred around the theme. We pay $50 per piece. We only accept creative work from FBCW members.

Art & Graphics

We pay $100 for cover art and $25 for other interior illustrations that fit our current theme. To submit artwork on our theme, please query us at wordworks@bcwriters.ca



about the magazine

and our policies

WordWorks Welcomes Diverse Storytellers

WordWorks strives to serve all BC and Yukon writers by publishing articles that reflect diverse experiences. We celebrate submissions from underrepresented communities and are seeking contributions from writers of all races, genders, sexualities, abilities, neurodiversities, religions, socioeconomic statuses, or immigration statuses. We encourage submissions from both published and emerging writers. We believe our strength as a community is in the breadth of our stories. If you feel comfortable disclosing your identities, our submission form provides an opportunity to do so. All disclosures are treated as confidential.

Submission Policy

Submissions are declined for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we receive several pitches about the same topic, or a pitch may be too similar to an article we’ve published in recent years. The theme often evolves based on the pitches we receive, and much of the final decision comes down to how the articles complement each other as part of an overall issue. If your pitch is declined, it’s usually related to what’s a good fit for a particular issue rather than a reflection of the quality of your writing. We encourage you to pitch us again for future issues.

The Federation of BC Writers strives to publish credible articles that provide valuable advice to the writing community. We occasionally encounter articles that are initially commissioned based on a compelling pitch that ultimately prove to not meet the editorial goals, timelines, or standards of the publication. Sometimes articles that may otherwise be wonderful in theme, angle, or topic need more editing or fact-checking than is possible given our timeframes and resources. We do everything in our power to avoid passing on an article after commission, but reserve the right (at our discretion) to do so for the integrity of our work, magazine, and community. In such instances, our contracts govern compensation. We do not comment publicly on individual articles that have been considered for publication with our organization.

About WordWorks

We publish three full-colour issues per year. Each issue goes out to Federation of BC Writers members as well as to schools, libraries, businesses, and other organizations throughout BC and Yukon. We are always striving to increase our readership and the reach of our stories.

Questions?

Email Rachel Muller, Managing Editor, at wordworks@bcwriters.ca.

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