The Walrus invites writers and artists to submit brief query letters detailing prospective stories on Canada and its place in the world. A good query will convey clearly and concisely the elements of the story, the intended approach, the intended section, and the author’s credentials. Potential contributors are encouraged to download and review the magazine’s submission guidelines before sending queries, stories, or art.
Note that the time required to take a Walrus story from query to newsstand is three months at a minimum.
Direct non-fiction queries to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the contents of the pitch in the body of the email and samples included as attachments or web links.
Pitches, fiction, and poetry can also be sent by post to:Editorial
101-19 Duncan Street
Toronto, ON M5H 3H1
Photography and illustration queries should be sent to email@example.com. If you are including samples, please send them as jpg attachments, or provide us with a link to your web portfolio.
Online queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place the contents of the pitch in the body of the email. Writing samples may be sent as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments.
No phone queries or follow-ups, please.
Our front-of-book section contains timely short pieces (max. 1,000 words), reported from Canada and around the world. They take the form of reported narratives, memoirs, humour, profiles, dialogues, correspondence, or reports on cutting-edge ideas. Writers new to The Walrus or without long-form journalism experience are encouraged to pitch this section before seeking more ambitious assignments.
Narratives in The Walrus range from 3,000 to 6,000 words and focus on issues relevant to Canadians, in the fields of politics, international affairs, the arts, the environment, health, science, sports, and so forth. Journalists pitching narratives should have strong reporting and prose skills, and experience writing for magazines.
The Walrus seeks stories that expose wrongdoing affecting the lives of Canadians. Would-be Hershes and Woodwards should have an extensive track record as investigative reporters—or one heck of a story.
Profiles in The Walrus take as their starting point a person of some importance to Canadians, but seek also to shed light on some other facet of contemporary life. Good profiles are distinguished by access to the subject, strong reportage, and the ability to reveal character through narrative.
Essays in The Walrus run between 2,000 and 6,000 words, and cover a range of subjects and ideas. They demand a singular, focused argument and a strong writing voice. Our essays differ from newspaper op-eds in their breadth, depth of research, and quality of prose.
The Walrus is looking for long-form autobiographical writing that illuminates issues relevant to Canadians. Only memoirs written on spec will be considered.
FICTION AND POETRY
Short stories in The Walrus range from 4,000 to 6,000 words; note that longer pieces can be more difficult to place. Poems should fit in a single half-page column.
Photographers who have produced a range of images on a particular theme are invited to submit their work for inclusion in The Walrus as a photo essay.
ARTS AND CULTURE
The review section of The Walrus covers architecture, art, books, dance, fashion, film, media, music, poetry, television, and theatre, with a special focus on literature. Each issue contains three pieces. Generally, one is a thematic review exploring one or more new works in the context of other works; one is a timely profile of an important figure in the arts; and one is a narrative essay on a new or ongoing phenomenon in the cultural world. Writers in this section should have some expertise and authority in their area of interest.