Frequently Asked Questions


Depending on your submission type, please review our Submission Guidelines as well as the relevant section below.

Then, create an account at our submissions portal (OJS) and ensure that you register as an Author. This will allow you to submit works to our journal.

We do not accept emailed or posted submissions. Please create an account at our submissions portal (OJS) and ensure that you register as an Author. This will allow you to submit works to our journal.


Yes, Canadian Literature accepts article submissions year round. We encourage authors to visit our Call for Papers page for any upcoming special issues.

Yes, as long as you hold the copyright for the media or it belongs in the public domain. Otherwise, please review "Obtaining External Permission on Copyright Materials"  under our Submission Guidelines for more information.

Images must be 300 dpi for .jpg files and 600 dpi for .tiff files for quality assurance.

Authors must wait 1 year after print publication before the article can be uploaded on a personal website, with first publication credit going to Canadian Literature. This includes websites such as and personal blogs. Please contact us at can.lit(at) if you are unsure about what constitutes an online publication.

If the article was published more than five years ago, you can download the full issue through our open access back issue archive.

If the article was published within our five-year embargo, then the issue is not available for download. Special requests may be considered for private copies, which cannot be redistributed or re-uploaded as per our publishing agreements.

After the five-year embargo, we invite you to share your work by either linking to the article's webpage or the table of contents, where the full issue will be available for download. This helps us track interest via page hits and downloads for journal statistics, and better understand future directions for special issues and website features.

Book Reviews

We will accept unsolicited books for consideration, but we cannot guarantee that they will be reviewed. Review copies can be mailed to:

Reviews Editor
Canadian Literature
The University of British Columbia
#8 – 6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z1

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you would like to review for us, please see "How do I review books for Canadian Literature?" below.

To review books for Canadian Literature, send your CV and a one-page writing sample to Our reviews editor will get back to you after reviewing your application.

Canadian Literature does not offer payment for book reviews.

A book review can take up to 9 months to appear in print after the acceptance to review date.


No, we do not accept submissions that are currently under consideration by another journal or publisher.

We do not accept previously published work. Any work is considered previously published if it has appeared in print or on the web.