Scroll to the bottom of this page for the link to submit your work electronically. But, please read the guidelines thoroughly first. We must decline submissions that do not follow the guidelines. 

Open Minds Quarterly is a literary journal that features explorations of life in a mad world. More specifically, it welcomes writing and art from people with lived experience of what is variously called mental health challenges, mental illness, madness, neurodiversity etc.

OMQ is published in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, which is Robinson-Huron treaty territory on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishinawbek and the Wahnapitae First Nation

You can learn more about who we are, what we do, and why we do it on our website: www.openmindsquarterly.com 

What We Publish

Please note: The Summer and Winter issues are themed; Fall and Spring issues are open-theme. Our scope is purposefully broad, and OMQ accepts work under the following sections:

  • NONFICTION—First-hand accounts, personal essays, and memoir. 3000 word limit.
  • FICTION—Creative explorations of life through a mad lens. 3000 word limit.
  • POETRY—From poets well-versed in mental health challenges. 4 piece/8 page limit.
  • EXPERIMENTAL—Thinking and writing outside of the other boxes. 4 piece/8 page limit.
  • VISUAL ART—Visual, digital, and mixed media expressions. 4 piece/8 page limit.
  • RESEARCH—Studies on mental health that pass a formal ethics review. 3000 word limit.
  • REVIEWS—Reflections on books, movies, and other art forms. 3000 word limit.
  • LETTERS—Opinion pieces and letters for our editor or readers. 3000 word limit.

A submission is defined as either one piece of prose (including nonfiction, fiction, research, reviews, or letters) of up to 3000 words, or, four pieces of either poetry, experimental work, or visual art, totalling no more than eight pages. To ensure everyone has a fair chance to have their submission carefully and expertly reviewed, we will consider only one submission per person each issue. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. 

Important Considerations

Diversity:  We recognize the ongoing discrimination and oppression many of our contributors face—because of colonization, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, ageism, capitalism, etc.—and the ways these and other injustices impact people’s (un)wellness. We welcome people belonging to diverse communities to submit to OMQ, and we work to prioritize voices that are currently underrepresented. 

Payment: It is in the best interest of the magazine to compensate our writers for their hard work, and it is in the best interest of Canadian literature on the whole for writers to earn a decent, sustainable income from their work. It is simply fair for publishers to share profits with writers. OMQ is a project funded by NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, a non-profit consumer/survivor initiative in Northern Ontario. Currently, sales and subscription revenues do not cover the cost of publishing the magazine—we do not turn a profit. We are doing everything we can to secure funding for cash payments to everyone who contributes to OMQ. In the meantime, we offer an honorarium of $50 to artists whose work is featured on our front and back covers. Writers and artists published in OMQ receive two contributors’ copies of the issue in which they are published.

Publication rights: If your submission is accepted for publication in OMQ, we will ask you to grant us one-time, non-exclusive serial and/or electronic publication rights to your work. That means we’re asking for permission to publish your work once, in the print (serial) and/or future online (electronic) editions of OMQ, but you retain ownership of your work and can freely submit it for publication elsewhere. This is true whether OMQ is the first place you’ve published your submission, or you have previously published it in another magazine (non-exclusive). If your submission has previously been published in another magazine, book or website, check that they do not own exclusive rights to your work before you submit it to OMQ.

Review process: Submissions to OMQ are reviewed by the editor with the help of one or two assistant editors, who advise the editor on whether to accept or decline a piece. Our assistant editors conduct an anonymous review of the submissions so please ensure your name or other identifying information are not included within your actual submission file or in the file name anywhere. Submissions will receive a response within 60 days of the end of the submission period. Editorial decisions are final. 

Contact

All inquiries can be directed to Ella Jane Myers at openminds@nisa.on.ca or 705-222-6472 x 303

Thank you for choosing to submit your work to Open Minds Quarterly: Explorations of life in a mad world!

This submission form gives us the information we need to review your submission and, if it is accepted, to publish it in the magazine.

We happily accept simultaneous submissions during the initial submission period. Please let us know right away is your submission is accepted elsewhere. We do not publish previously published pieces, as we prioritize stories and voices that haven't been shared yet.

Before submitting, please view our submission guidelines at openmindsquarterly.submittable.com/submit.

Submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be declined.

Summer 2020 - Queer Stories

Submissions for this issue will open on February 1, 2020, and will remain open until March 31, 2020.

This special, themed issue of OMQ is being produced in partnership with Fierté Sudbury Pride, and will be released during Pride Week 2020 (July 13-19) in Sudbury, Ontario.

PLEASE NOTE: For this special issue, we are ONLY accepting work by folks who identify as having lived experience of madness, mental health challenges, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity, and who ALSO identify as belonging to the 2SLGBTQQIA community.

If this does not describe your experience, we kindly ask that you save your work until the next issue.

Your writing needn't focus on madness/mental health if you are submitting poetry, fiction, or visual art; however, nonfiction, reviews, open letters, and research should relate specifically to experiences of madness or mental health challenges. 

We recognize the ongoing discrimination and oppression many of our contributors face—because of colonization, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, ageism, capitalism, etc.—and the ways these and other injustices impact people’s (un)wellness. We welcome people belonging to diverse communities to submit to OMQ, and we work to prioritize voices that are currently underrepresented. 

There is an optional space in the submission process to self-identify as belonging to any of these communities; however, as we understand some people may not feel comfortable or safe self-identifying, it is by no means mandatory. Any information you share with us on this subject will be kept strictly confidential.

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