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Important note*: All contributions already published in MTLS cannot be removed or changed for  historical, research and archival reasons – just as with print publications. Moreover, this journal is collected by the Canadian National Library and Archives for the same purposes and as a record for posterity.

Call for Submissions: Ongoing
Issue #21 is now live.
Issue #22 submission deadline, November, 2016

The Maple Tree Literary Supplement provides a platform for dialogue or interviews on any topic between and amongst Canadian writers, while featuring their work and reporting on literary events, landmarks or festivals in Canada and around the world–with an emphasis on their Canadian composition. MTLS has some of Canada’s most exciting writers on its editorial and advisory board, including George Elliot Clarke, Olive Senior, John Ralston Saul and Stephen Brockwell, with Amatoritsero Ede as Managing Editor.

We pay a 30-dollar honorarium to each contributor in any one genre. We believe the same amount of intellectual effort, even if unquantifiable, goes into writing, irrespective of genre. We suggest that you do not forget to fill in your address on the submissions form in order to get paid. Please indicate the genre to which your writing belongs. Please note that, due to a fiscal restructuring and re-evaluation of operations, we are suspending honoraria payments for issue #21 and Issue #22. Payments will resume for subsequent issues. Thank you for your understanding.

Prospective contributors should browse our site at and target their submissions to specific sections of the journal – Poetry, Essays, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, Roundtable, Impressions, Literary Images and Drama. All contributions should be sent to and enquiries to While some materials will be solicited directly, unsolicited submissions are welcome – especially images of literary events with captions from Canadian Literary Festivals. Text Submissions should be in Times New Roman and 12 point, without numbering and in word document format; pictures/images should be in Jpeg format. Please add a cover page with bio and address. All text should be submitted as one file. It is a good idea to take a look at those MTLS pages, which are similar to your submission when formatting your material. Reviews, for example, should follow the formatting we have on the site.

Since MTLS is a triannual journal, response time will fall within the four months preceding an upcoming issue. Essays on a broad range of subjects should be in a relaxed non-academic, free-flowing style, without footnotes or superscripts unless they are of the occasional scholarly type. Reviews should be between 500-800 words in length. Fiction includes short stories and excerpts from longer prose work in progress; creative non-fiction comprises travelogues and other kinds of literary non-fiction. Poetry should be of high quality and numbered between 4 and 6 poems of not more than 60 lines each or one long poem of not more than 120 lines. Excerpts of dramatic pieces between 3 and 4 pages are encouraged. The Roundtable section is in the interview or dialogue format between two or more Canadian writers. Contributors can propose a topic of discussion to us and find a respondent writer or writers to take part in that conversation. Publishers, especially small presses,are welcome to take part in the Impressions section, discussing the history of the making of a particular book, its reception, fate and challenges as well as the histories of their own presses. This is apart from a general discussion of the history of the Canadian book and printing industry up to such recent developments as online publishing technologies.

Review copies of literary works by publishers should be sent to 1103-1701 Kilborn Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6M8. Again, literary festivals and reading series may contact us. We welcome unsolicited images capturing literary events in pictures for the Literary Images section of the journal. Pictures should be of a high resolution and in colour. As mentioned above, all textual contributions should be in word document format, and photos should be sent as jpeg files. Contributors should attach their pictures and a short bio; in the case of publishers, we would appreciate a jpeg attachment of institutional logos and a brief history of the publisher and their major areas of operation. You may, alternatively use the form on the middle column to submit your work. It is fast and tidy, and material is directed into the <> mailbox.


Fill out the form below to submit your work through this website.

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I hereby declare this work to be my own; it has not been previously published and I authorize MTLS to publish it on its website.

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