Work with us.
With/out Pretend places emphasis on working with women. This enthusiastically includes ALL women and non-binary folks. We’re currently accepting submissions and pitches for our new magazine The Vault. The Vault publishes long-form illustrated stories every month. We will also be publishing collaborative multi-issues, poetry collections, and a quarterly print magazine.
A collaborative print issue of The Vault
We’re currently accepting submissions via the form below for our next quarterly issue of The Vault, On Friendship. Deadline to submit: May 20, 2019.
This theme seeks to explore the multitudes within friendship: namely, friendships as a world of their own. Our best friendships can feel limitless in their capabilities. We are interested in a range of topics that touch on the blurred, boundless ways friendships take form. This can mean queerness and intimacy within platonic relationships, or how a friend can supplement the role of a parent, a sibling, a lover. How no matter the age, these relationships can take on a touch of magic — what are the ways in which we create our own languages, rituals, expressions of love and care? How do we cope with the loss of a friend, of a friendship, and what they leave behind? Some are forged out of survival or affinity, while others are fleeting, or beyond definition entirely, leading us to wonder: what shapes have your friendships taken? We welcome poetry and prose (non-fiction or fiction, early drafts or pitches) rooted in personal experience.
For publication in The Vault
We’re looking for intimate, untold stories from emerging and established writers. We accept fiction and non-fiction prose pieces between 2,000 - 4,000 words (and we'll consider poetry for specific issues only). We’re keen to see the stories that matter to you — the stories that you are ready to tell.
How to Submit
We accept full drafts or pitches, but sending a partial draft is the best way to get published. Please complete the form below.
Please send a short bio and samples of your work by completing the form below. If there are fields that don’t apply to you, indicate “n/a.”
We have a small editorial team, and unfortunately we don’t have time to respond to all incoming submissions. We appreciate the hard work and vulnerability it takes to submit work, and we see you! If we haven’t responded to your note within 3 months, please feel free to follow up with us or submit again.
Other important info
Many literary magazines will charge a submission fee to subsidize their administrative and editorial costs*. Our submission process is free, but we do ask that you support one of our projects before submitting work for our consideration. You can subscribe to The Vault for only $5 per month, and cancel anytime. You can also purchase an individual story for $6. We also have books!
*We are committed to paying writers, artists, editors and designers. We are a small organization and our budgets are small, too. Once accepted, contributors will receive $100 CAD for their contribution to monthly or print issues.