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Author Guidelines

The Dalhousie Review is a literary journal published tri-annually by Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We invite contributions from both established and emerging writers in Canada and around the world:

  • POETRY: Poetry submissions may consist of up to five poems on any subject and in any style.
  • FICTION: Fiction submissions may be up to 8,000 words in length, and no submission may consist of more than one story.
  • NON-FICTION: Non-fiction submissions may be up to 4,000 words in length, and no submission may consist of more than one essay.
  • REVIEWS: Reviews may be up to 1,000 words in length, but please contact the Review Editor for guidelines before submitting unsolicited reviews. Publishers may also submit copies of new titles on the understanding that no review is guaranteed.

All submissions should be saved in a single file (.doc or .pdf format) and sent to The file should include a cover letter that contains contact information (name, mailing address, and email address) and a short biographical note. All submissions should be previously unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are strongly discouraged. Response times may vary depending on the volume of submissions, so please allow up to six months for poetry and nine months for fiction and non-fiction. Contributors receive two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.