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Call for Submissions: Ongoing
Issue #9 Deadline: April 25th, 2011

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 or Stephen Brockwell, with Amatoritsero Ede as Managing Editor.

We pay a 30-dollar honorarium to all contributors in all genres. We beleive the same amount of intellectual effort , even if unquantifiable, go 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.

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, Festival of Life, and Drama. All Contributions and enquiries should be sent to While some materials will be solicited directly, unsolicited submissions are welcome. Submissions should be in times new roman and 12 point size, without a numbering. Text should be in word document format and pictures in Jpeg. Please add a cover page with bio and address. All text should be submitted in one file. It is a good idea to take look at those MTLS pages, which is 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 of a broad range of subjects should be in a relaxed non-academic, free-flowing style, without footnotes or superscripts. 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 not more than 60 lines of between 4 and 6 poems or one long poem of not more than 120 lines. Excerpts of drama – 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, with pictures of the book cover; and 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 like online publishing technologies.

Review copies of literary works by publishers should be sent to 1103-1701 Kilborn Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6M8. Literary festivals and reading series may contact us to announce their events. We welcome unsolicited images capturing literary events in pictures for the Festival of Life section. Pictures should be of a high resolution and in colour. All textual contributions should be in word document format, and photos should be sent as jpeg. 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.

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