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Start: December 15, 2020 – February 16, 2021
Yolanda Hansen
Start: December 15, 2020 – February 16, 2021

SWG’s Pandemic Anthology – Call for Submissions

Submissions are now accepted for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s Pandemic Anthology. This special anthology will showcase new poetry and prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) written by SWG members about life during the COVID-19 pandemic.




Those submitting must be a Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild member: both SK-based members and out-of-province associate members (individual) are welcome.


This anthology will showcase the diverse talents of SWG members. We welcome submissions by both established and emerging writers and encourage all submitting writers to self-declare if they identify as a writer of a marginalized cultural community (i.e. Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour). 



  • Prose submissions (fiction or creative non-fiction) are limited to 3,000 words
  • Poetry submissions may be individual poems, sequences or suites up to a maximum of 6 pages.
  • Other forms of writing may considered; please speak to the SWG with your suggestion.
  • You are welcome to submit in both prose and poetry, but please note that contributors will only be published in one genre.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished in any format (including online formats).


All submissions must relate to our theme: life during a pandemic. This does not mean that you must use the words pandemic, Coronavirus or COVID-19 in your submission but your writing should be influenced by and reflect life during this unique time.




Please email the following to with Anthology Submission in the subject line:


  1. A Cover letter (in a Word doc or docx) that includes:
    • Your name
    • Contact information
    • Confirmation that you are a member of the SWG and that your submitted work has not been previously published
    • Genre(s), title(s) and word count of your submission(s)
    • A brief (50-75 word) bio that will appear in the anthology should you be published. This bio should include your previous publications (if applicable).
    • To help the SWG support writers of diverse communities and identities, we encourage applicants to self-declare if they identify as a writer of a marginalized cultural community (i.e. Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour). 


  1. Your submission(s), in a Word doc or docx., following the SWG’s usual formatting for manuscripts. PDFs, Google Doc links, etc, will NOT be accepted.


The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at midnight.

All contributors, regardless of genre, will be paid $50 per page, to a maximum of $250.


Pandemic Anthology Editors:


Managing & Prose Editor:

Dave Margoshes is a poet and fiction writer who's been active in the Saskatchewan writing community for over 30 years. He's appeared six times in Best Canadian Stories and been a Journey Prize finalist. Among his many books are Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories, which was a Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year, and A Book of Great Worth named one of Amazon.Ca's top hundred books for 2012. He's taught creative writing and led workshops at various locations, and for various age groups, and been both a writer in residence and a mentor several times.



Associate Poetry Editor:


Courtney Bates-Hardy is the author of House of Mystery (2016) and a chapbook titled Sea Foam (JackPine Press, 2013). She has been published in Room, Carousel, This Magazine, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among others. She lives on Treaty 4 territory in Regina with her partner and their cat. During the pandemic, she has been baking a lot of bread, working on her knitting skills, and attending many Zoom readings.  






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