Call for Essays


We are currently accepting submissions of literary essays written by Canadian writers for our third issue publishing in fall 2017.

We are interested in publishing essays of 1500-5000 words in length on literary subjects. Writers may, for instance, engage with a particular book’s subject matter as a jumping-off point for an essay incorporating original thinking and personal experience. “Falling; fallen” by our senior editor Krista Foss, anthologized in Best Canadian Essays 2016, is an excellent example of the type of essay we’re looking for, as is Kathryn Stagg’s essay, “Writing and Reading the Fat Girl” published in our spring 2017 issue. Please note that we are not looking for academic texts.

We pay $75.00 per essay, and essays chosen for publication will be featured on our website and promoted on our social media sites.

The deadline for submission is Friday September 1, 2017. All submissions must be previously unpublished. We will accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you please let us know right away if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Please submit your essay to our email address Include a cover page with a short bio and your contact information.

If your essay is accepted for publication, we will inform you by the end of September.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Hamilton Review of Books. We look forward to reading your work.