Submission Guidelines

Photograph by Jonathan Kay

We invite journalists, writers, and artists to submit pitches to be considered for publication in The Walrus and on thewalrus.ca. A good pitch will include a description of your subject, intended approach, intended section, and credentials.


How to Submit

Please include the pitch in the body of your email. Samples of your previous work should be provided as attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf for text and .jpg for photos and illustrations) or web links.

Pitches of any kind may also be mailed to the Walrus Foundation.

Editorial
The Walrus
411 Richmond Street East, Suite B15
Toronto, ON, Canada  M5A 3S5

Please note:
  • Do not follow up on your pitch by phone; we will respond by email.
  • Unsolicited materials will not be returned without proper self-addressed and stamped envelopes.
  • Do not submit more than one short story or five poems every three months.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

MISCELLANY

Our front-of-book section contains timely short pieces (maximum 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.

JOURNALISM

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.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

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

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

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.

MEMOIRS

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 2,000 to 5,000 words. Poems should fit in a single half-page column.

VISUAL FEATURES

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.