Submissions are open

We are currently seeking general submissions of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, artwork, and comics for our upcoming fall/winter issue, scheduled for release in November 2017. We are always looking to publish and promote more emerging artists.

Work from the HLR has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.

THE DEADLINE FOR this submission period IS September 5, 2017

General Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you let us know right away if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Please read the departmental guidelines below and identify the genre of your submission, as well as all relevant information (bio, contact info) on the first page of your document. Word files are preferred.

Our submission period for Issue 5 is now closed. We'll be sure to post an announcement and circulate a call when the new reading period for Issue 6 opens. We look forward to hearing from you then.

All submissions may be submitted electronically via Submittable. A reading fee of $4 will be charged for each submission and is used solely to offset the administrative costs of maintaining our submission management system. 


Short stories should range from 2,500 to 6,000 words; longer pieces are harder to place. Shorter pieces will be considered.



We accept 3-6 previously unpublished poems per submission. 



Essays should run from between 2,000 and 6,000 words, and can span from memoir to more academic texts.


Our reviews usually cover fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama. If you would like to pitch a review on a related subject of literary interest, please query first.



We will accept a sample of 3-6 illustrations, photographs, cartoons, collages, or other artistic work. High-contrast images work best. PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PSD files are preferred. Please ensure that your submission is smaller than 2MB (if larger, please query us in advance).

Each issue of HLR showcases a single featured artist. We may request additional images if your work is selected by the editors.

***comics submissions will be considered separately from featured artist portfolios***

contributor compensation

We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $100 each for essays, fiction, and reviews. Poets are paid $100 for 2 to 3 poems. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.