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WestWord Magazine

WestWord magazine is published quarterly and contains articles about the writing life and business, profiles of Alberta writers, listings of markets and contests, member news, upcoming events, and more. Subscriptions are included with membership. Back issues are available in the member section.

Advertising

Current Advertising Rate Sheet

To place an ad in WestWord or for more information, please contact our head office at [email protected] or by phone at 780.422.8174 (1.800.665.5354 toll free Alberta).

Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Writers

How to submit an article

  • Send your article by email to [email protected] with the subject: “WestWord Article.”
  • Please use Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-space and paginate your document.
  • Name your file as “[Surname]—[Title]” (for example: “Smith—Untitled”).
  • Attach your submission as .doc or .docx files.
  • We suggest your article be between 500 and 1,500 words in length.

How to submit a proposal

In addition to commissioned articles, WestWord welcomes unsolicited submissions.

  • Your proposal should express concisely and coherently the article’s essential elements; how you intend to approach the article; the section of the magazine best suited to the idea; and a summary of your credentials (no CVs please).
  • Email enquiries to [email protected] with the subject: “WestWord Article Proposal.”
  • The body of your email should contain your name, contact information, brief biography and outline of your proposal.
  • WestWord has a small staff. The response time to all proposals will vary.

Copyright and payment for articles published

  • We buy first Canadian serial print rights and limited, non-exclusive digital rights; copyright reverts to the author after publication.
  • Publication occurs within a year of acceptance.
  • WestWord believes writers should be compensated fairly for their work and pays industry rates for articles.

How to submit a letter to the editor

Letters to the editor are welcomed as a way to encourage an exchange of ideas and opinions among members.

  • Email enquiries to [email protected] with the subject: “WestWord Letter to the Editor.”
  • The body of your email should contain your name and contact information.

Member News Submissions

Writers’ Guild of Alberta members in good standing may submit announcements about book publications, awards won, or other news about their writing life to the Member News section of WestWord. Submit news via email to [email protected].

 

Guidelines for Artists and Photographers

How to submit artwork and photos

WestWord welcomes enquiries from artists and photographers. We are interested in images that relate to writing and the writer’s life.

  • Email enquiries to [email protected] with the subject: “WestWord Imagery Proposal.”
  • The body of your email should contain your name, contact information, brief biography and links to your work.
  • All digital images for publication should be 300 dpi, TIFF, JPG or EPS format.
  • Please contact the editor about publishing photos of conferences, author’s readings and presentations.

Copyright and payment for artwork and photographs

  • We buy first Canadian serial print rights and limited, non-exclusive digital rights; copyright reverts to the author after publication.
  • WestWord welcomes inquiries for cover art, and interior art and photographs. Contact the editor for more details at [email protected].

 

WriteClick Submission Guidelines

The WGA welcomes news about members. You are invited to submit announcements about awards won, upcoming book launches, public readings, literary news or other news to [email protected].

 

Deadlines

WestWord Volume Issue

Dates of Distribution

Deadline for submissions/ad bookings

January - March

January 1 - March 30

November 15

April - June

April 1 - June 30

February 15

July - September

July 1 - September 30

May 15

October - December

October 1 – December 31

August 15

Past Issues

Click here to view past covers of WestWord!