Write magazine

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Write is the Union's quarterly magazine available exclusively to our members. This magazine is valued most for its presentation of news and views from writers' perspectives. It is filled with professional information, developments in the literary community, industry news, timely features, and valuable industry services.

Recent Issues

Curious to know what you might be missing if you're not a member? Get a sneak peek of recent issues:

  • Cover image featuring a bike courier delivering books to a person outside their home. Illustration by Nora Kelly.Fall 2022 (includes a feature article on Canadian presses weathering the pandemic, and columns from authors reflecting on writing their first mystery novel and whether or not an MFA is worth it)
  • Summer 2022 (special issue on writing and disability)
  • Spring 2022 (special issue on journalism)
  • Winter 2022 (includes articles on the tradition of the bedtime story and the history of poetry as competition)

 

Pitch Guidelines

If you do not follow the guidelines below, your pitch may go unread. 

Write accepts electronic pitches from members and non-members alike who are Canadian citizens, newcomers, or permanent residents. 

Pitch Format

Please use the following format in the email subject line: "WRITE Magazine Pitch: [Your Name]"

When pitching an article, please include the following three (3) items in the body of the email:

  1. A brief description of the article that you want to write for potential publication in Write, a working title, lede, and approximate word count.
  2. Rationale: Why you think your article is timely and relevant to Write’s readership, and why you think you have a great perspective to offer.
  3. Short Bio: In a few sentences (approx. 75 words), tell me who you are! Please also include your province/territory of residence.

Send your pitch to the Write Editor at write@writersunion.ca.

Payment

Write contributors will be paid $0.25/word. 

When to Submit Pitches

Pitch deadlines and publication dates for upcoming issues are as follows. Please do not send pitches more than three weeks prior to the deadline.

ISSUE PITCH DEADLINE PUBLICATION
Fall 2022 July 10, 2022 Early November
Winter 2023 October 20, 2022 Mid February
Spring 2023 January 10, 2023 Early May
Summer 2023 March 20, 2023 Mid August

Notes on Unsolicited Articles and Calls for Pitches

Write magazine content is a mix of commissioned pieces and pitched articles that conform to a specific call for pitches. It is rare for an unsolicited article to be accepted to the magazine, but we do accept unsolicited pitches. Best practice is to watch for and respond to Write pitch calls with a succinct summary pitch. Do NOT submit a completed article as a pitch, as it won’t be read.

Please also note that pitch calls generate large numbers of pitches, and it is not possible for our team to respond to each one. We will only respond to pitches we feel will work for the issue at hand. If you have not heard back on a pitch within a month, you may wish to seek other outlets for your story.

Letters to the Editor

Write welcomes letters to the editor. Respectful, thoughtful, and cogent letters in direct response to the most recent issue will be considered for publication in the next issue. 

Send your letter (150–300 words) and a short bio (max. 50 words) to the Write Editor at write@writersunion.caWrite reserves the right to edit letters to the editor for length, clarity, and accuracy. You will be notified if your letter is selected for publication. 

Advertising

Write is distributed to more than 2,500 professional writers across the country. It's a specialized publication, which is good news for advertisers: Your message reaches a highly engaged readership. Place your ad today to reach this exclusive group of writers and industry insiders.

 
ISSUE BOOKING DEADLINE ARTWORK DUE PUBLICATION
Winter 2023 Dec. 16, 2022 Jan. 9, 2023 Mid February
Spring 2023 Feb. 20, 2023 March 15, 2023 Early May
Summer 2023 May 20, 2023 June 15, 2023 Mid August
Fall 2023 Aug. 20, 2023 Sept. 15, 2023 Early November


To reserve space, please contact Carina Magazzeni at ads@writersunion.ca.