Call for Submissions: Coven

Call for Submissions: Coven

We’re calling the four corners. We’re calling magic makers of all kinds. We’re calling for spells for survival, tinctures of remedy, gossip, renewal rituals, new moon intentions, full moon feels, astrology memes. We want writing that plays between the worlds, that conjures new worlds, that heals the world we live in. We’re warding off “witch hunts” of all kinds and throwing salt around like confetti. Who are we as witches? Where does the magic come from? Who are our teachers? What have we taken and how do we give back to the circle?  We’re due for an offering to the ancestors. Guest edited by Adèle Barclay and Leah Horlick.

Send us up to three poems, spells, invocations, to issue17@poetryisdead.ca with a short bio. Deadline is January 15, 2018. Coven, we’ve work to do.


Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, PRISM, The Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 WalrusReaders’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is an editor for Rahila's Ghost Press and the 2017 Critic-in-Residence for Canadian Women In Literary Arts. She teaches at UBC. She is a Cancer with a Scorpio moon and Libra rising. 

Leah Horlick is a writer who grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree Territory in Saskatoon. She is the author of Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), and For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), which was named a 2016 Stonewall Honour Book by the American Library Association. In 2016, she won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers. A Jewish witchy Virgo with Aquarius moon and Sagitarrius rising, she lives on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver.