Vallum is interested in original and previously unpublished work. Ideal submissions are well-crafted, fresh and edgy. We are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. We welcome submissions that deepen our understanding of what poetry is and can be. We are open to most styles, whether experimental or traditional – though issues are usually put together with an underlying theme in mind, so not all poetry can be accepted, even if it is genius! 

Our current call for submissions is for issue 20:1 "Dreams vs. Nightmares." Poetry deadline: December 1, 2022. Art Deadline: January 15, 2023.

Submissions to Vallum 20:1: "Dreams vs. Nightmares"

Where do dreams come from? Do nightmares stem from the same root source? What can be considered a dream or a nightmare? How do they figure in our lives, and how do we write about them poetically? Whether psychic or psychological, send us poems that speak to the theme of dreams & nightmares!

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Submission fee: We charge a minimum fee of $3 per submission when submitting online. We use this fee to help cover operating costs. Any donation of $10 or greater will be issued a charitable receipt. If this amount presents a barrier to your ability to submit, please contact submission@vallummag.com.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Poetry: Up to 7 pages.
  • Audio and video poems: Up to 3 files [Audio: MP3, Video: MP4, H.264 encoding, AAC LC audio format]
  • We are not accepting unsolicited reviews or essays at the moment.



Vallum is interested in original and previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please let us know via submission@vallummag.com as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere. If your work has been published in our most recent issue, please wait one issue before submitting again, at which point we will be happy to consider more of your work.


Vallum also accepts submissions of audio and video poems for possible inclusion in the digital edition. All files must be in MP3 or MPEG-4 file format and cannot exceed 95MB in size.
Submissions are accepted through Submittable only. We do not accept mailed submissions.
We pay our contributors!

Vallum (VSEAL) strongly encourages submissions from LGBTQI2S, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers or persons with mental or physical challenges, and all who are otherwise affected by structural inequality. Under no circumstances does Vallum tolerate bigoted, violent or abusive content.

Vallum (VSEAL) encourage vivement les soumissions de LGBTQI2S, écrivains autochtones, écrivains de couleur, écrivains non conformes au genre, écrivains ayant des capacités différentes ou personnes ayant des problèmes physiques ou mentaux, et tous ceux qui sont autrement affectés par une inégalité structurelle. Vallum ne tolère en aucun cas un contenu sectaire, violent ou  abusif.

The winner of the Vallum Art Prize (formerly known as the Vallum Cover Award) receives $500 and publication in our Spring 2023 issue, Vallum 20:1 "Dreams vs. Nightmares"


Where do dreams come from? Do nightmares stem from the same root source? What can be considered a dream or a nightmare? How do they figure in our lives, and how do we write about them poetically? Whether psychic or psychological, send us poems that speak to the theme of dreams & nightmares!


Vallum is accepting entries of 5-10 images responding to the theme of "Dreams vs. NIghtmares." One image from the winning entry will appear on the front cover of the magazine, and 4-8 images from that series will be selected to be published within the interior. Please note: the cover image will be printed in colour and the interior will be printed in black and white.


Outstanding art and photography have been published in Vallum. Some notable contributors have been Matt Crump, Jason deCaires Taylor, Pony, Andrew Waits, Eric Pickersgill, Maia Flore, Vivian Maier, and more. Our 2022 winner was Nora Kelly, whose work can be found in issue 19:1 "Bridges."


Read previous issues here.


TO ENTER: Fill out the form below, submit your payment and attach your files. In your cover letter, please include where you heard about the Vallum Cover Award. If you have any questions about the submission process, please don't hesitate to email submission@vallummag.com.

ENTRY FEE: $25 for Canadian entrants, $30 for US and international entrants, and includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum magazine. Payment can be made through Submittable or by cheque (payable to "Vallum Magazine"). If you are in a financial position where paying the entry fee poses a difficulty, please email us at submission@vallummag.com for details about how to submit. All entrants will be signed up to receive the Vallum Newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.


CONTEST RULES:

  1. The entry fee allows submissions of 5-10 images in a series. Do not label your entry with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information, as well as an artist statement to accompany your submission (350 words max). 
  2. We accept artwork in both colour or black and white, and ideally should refer in some way to the theme of "Dreams vs. Nightmares" All artwork must be original and not previously published.
  3. The winning artist will receive publication as part of Vallum 20:1 "Dreams vs. Nightmares" and a $500 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. We will choose one image for the cover and between 4-8 images for the interior. Please note: the cover image will be printed in colour and the interior will be printed in black and white.
  4. Entries will be judged by the in-house layout/design editors at Vallum. All decisions are final. Vallum reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.
  5. By entering the contest, entrants agree that if their submission wins, the submitted artwork can be used by Vallum for promoting the issue in which they appear and by Vallum magazine generally.
  6. Please make sure that your images are submitted as JPG, TIFF, or PNG files (if your work is chosen, we'll ask you to send high-resolution at that time). Note: Maximum file upload size is 400MB. Maximum size of complete submission is 800MB.

    Vallum (VSEAL) strongly encourages submissions from LGBTQIA+, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers or persons with mental or physical challenges, and all who are otherwise affected by structural inequality. Under no circumstances does Vallum tolerate bigoted, violent or abusive content.

Vallum (VSEAL) encourage vivement les soumissions de LGBTQIA+, écrivains autochtones, écrivains de couleur, écrivains non conformes au genre, écrivains ayant des capacités différentes ou personnes ayant des problèmes physiques ou mentaux, et tous ceux qui sont autrement affectés par une inégalité structurelle. Vallum ne tolère en aucun cas un contenu sectaire, violent ou abusif.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2023

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