Vallum is interested in original and previously unpublished work.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!

The winner of the Vallum Cover Award receives $500 and publication in our Spring 2022 issue, Vallum 19:1 "Bridges."

The ability to move oneself towards future possibilities and potentials brings us to bridges, to principles of connection. Our current social and mental states can often seem to function on the premise of fragmentation, with past and present chaos always sweeping away a moment of coming together. The bridging of gaps and grounding in the wake instability is crucial to our personal, and collective, well-being. We're looking for artwork that speaks about these fractures and uncertainties, and/or about our abilities to overcome them, to build bridges.

Vallum is accepting entries of 5-10 images responding to the theme of "Bridges." 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.

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 inaugural winner of the Vallum Cover Contest was Antoine Janot, whose work can be found in issue 18:1 "Invisibility." 

To see our catalogue, visit our issue archives here: http://www.vallummag.com/archives.html


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 print 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 "Bridges." All artwork must be original and not previously published.
  3. The winning artist will receive publication as part of Vallum 19:1 "Bridges" 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.
  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: March 5th, 2022

The winner of the Vallum Chapbook Award receives publication of their chapbook as a part of the Vallum Chapbook Series as well as $300. Selections from the chapbook will also appear in the print and digital magazine!

Vallum's Chapbook Series has published work from Bhanu Kapil, Sina Queyras, Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Erín Moure, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and many more. Past winners of the Vallum Chapbook Award have won the bpNichol Chapbook Prize, been nominated for the Nelson Ball Prize for poetry of observation, and the Griffin Poetry Prize!

To enter the contest fill out the form below, submit your payment, and attach your file. In your cover letter, please include where you heard about the Vallum Chapbook 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 print subscription to Vallum magazine. Payment can be made through Submittable or by cheque (payable to "Vallum"). 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 Vallum's Newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. The entry fee covers one chapbook submission of 12-30 pages. Do not label your chapbook with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. 
  2. Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published (individual poems appearing in the manuscript that have been published elsewhere are fine).
  3. The winning chapbook will receive publication as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series and a $300 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. Selections from the chapbook will also be published in our print and digital magazine.


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: APRIL 30, 2022

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