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There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The topic of resilience has been on our minds for the past few years of living through a global pandemic. The word evokes being strong and holding steadfast during difficult times. In fact, “Resilience” was our theme for issue 41. For our final issue of 2023, however, we invite creators to take a deep breath and mull over the word “Soft” as a theme for carte blanche 47. We want to consider works that touch on the soft, slow, open, and gentle. After collectively living through a challenging few years, what does softness mean to you?

We invite creators to submit previously unpublished pieces in the following genres: comics, creative nonfiction, fiction, photography, poetry, and translation (French to English).

carte blanche acknowledges the intersectionality of individuals’ lived experiences and aims to provide a welcoming and safe space for racialized and marginalized voices. We encourage and welcome submissions by individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, disabled, and those who live with mental health challenges or neurodivergence.

Please note that while Canadian and international creators are welcome to submit their work to us for consideration, as a result of our affiliation with the Quebec Writers’ Federation and Canada Council grant requirements, we may emphasize a focus on Quebec-based creators in a given issue.

EXTENDED CALL: We are accepting additional submissions in comics and translation (French to English) until Friday, November 3rd.

Please read a recent issue and our general guidelines, and please take note of the issue theme before you send your work.

General Guidelines

Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are sending your piece elsewhere and withdraw your submission via Submittable if it is accepted somewhere else.

Unpublished submissions: We do not accept submissions that have been previously published, including on personal websites and social media.

Frequency of submissions: We encourage you to submit to carte blanche no more than once a year unless solicited by an editor.

Rights: We ask for first world serial rights and the right to archive your work on the website. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. In the case of translated pieces, you must already have received permission from the original French publisher to translate the piece prior to submitting your translation to us.

Paymentcarte blanche pays an honorarium of $75 for each published piece. We hope to increase the amount in the future.

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