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For Big Ideas: We are looking for well-articulated, well-formulated big think pieces. You should have some expertise, or at least researched and reported your topic before proceeding. In your pitch, tell us what topic you are going to tackle and how the piece will play out. In your bio, tell us why you are the best person to write it. Max 1000 words. We pay $55 Canadian at this time and as an added bonus, we will illustrate it beautifully and promote widely on social media. 

For Fiction: Esoterica looks for fiction that sticks with us for days. We ruminate about it in the shower and recount its key moments with our partners in bed.  It's beautiful or devastating or haunting but not in a horror-flick way. It tells us something about what it means to be human.

If that sounds like your piece, please submit to us. We tend to run literary fiction under 3000 words but if it’s a bit over, or not quite literary, just try us. We are also open minded so if it’s a play or a poem, we would still love to take a look and see how it goes. We pay $35 Canadian at this time and as an added bonus, we will illustrate it beautifully and promote widely on social media. 

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$20.00

Esoterica looks for work that's literary in nature, surprising and reminds us why we read (and write.) Send us a story that we will think about for days, that we will read again and again and share with our friends. 

  • All work must be original.
  • The author must own all rights to the work.
  • Three thousand words or less. If you are a few words over, don't sweat the small stuff
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw if your story is accepted elsewhere.


Contest opens on July 1, 2022 and ends Nov 30, 2022. Winners will be announced in January of 2023.

Prize: C$1,000, publication in Esoterica, social media promotion and the possibility of getting published in our first print short-story compilation.


 

Big Ideas: We are looking for approximately 1000 words on a thoughtful and researched perspective on topics relating to issues hovering on or near the news agenda. Pay is $55 Canadian and as an added bonus, we will promote your story widely on social media. 

Must be able to accept PayPal.

$4.00

Esoterica looks for fiction that sticks with us for days. We ruminate about it in the shower and recount its key moments with our partners in bed.  It's beautiful or devastating or haunting but not in a horror-flick way. It tells us something about what it means to be human. 


If that sounds like your pieces, please submit to us. We tend to run literary fiction under 3000 words but if it’s a bit over, or not quite literary, just try us. We are also open minded so if it’s a play or a poem, we would still love to take a look and see how it goes. We pay $35 Canadian at this time and as an added bonus, we will illustrate it beautifully and promote widely on social media. We also offer feedback on works we choose to run.

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