Calling all 2SLGBTQAI+ fiction writers in Newfoundland and Labrador!

Engen Books is accepting submissions for our newest anthology, celebrating the 2SLGBTQAI+ community, to be available in the summer of 2021. Whether you are well-established, or a new author, please consider submitting your work for this groundbreaking anthology.

Engen Books is proud to announce they have partnered with Quadrangle to make this collection a reality, celebrating 2SLGBTQAI+ writers and stories. Quadrangle’s mission is to create a community centre for 2SLGBTQAI+ individuals and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, a space that is a resource for building community resilience and connection, and that provides supports for existing initiatives of our 2SLGBTQAI+ community. As a registered charity, both working toward having a community centre, and taking up projects like this one contribute to Quad’s vision of contributing to sustainable, positive, community connections.

We’re looking for stories by and for the 2SLGBTQAI+ community that feature 2SLGBTQAI+ characters in any stage of life and from a range of cultures, identities, and experiences. We will consider submissions in a wide variety of genres and styles, including General Fiction, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, and most other genres imaginable!

Deadline for Submissions: March 31 2021 but get your stories in as quick as you can, as it gives our wonderful editors more time to work with you and make sure it is as good as it can possibly be!

Over the last decade, the Engen Books has become one of the preeminent anthology producers in Atlantic Canada, with our groundbreaking From the Rock series and, more recently, Terror Nova. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and is a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting. In 2018 the series’ third entry, Chillers from the Rock, went Bestseller on pre-orders alone, and every collection in the series has done so since!

Editors for this anthology include: Ailsa Craig, Sulaimon Giwa, AJ Ryan, Sarah Thompson.

All profits from this collection will go to Quadrangle and their continuing efforts to help and support the local LGBTQI2S+ community.

What is the target audience?

For this specific collection, we are loosening our typical “PG to PG-13” guideline and allow stories of more mature content. That said we will not be including explicitly adult content in this collection. While we respect and acknowledge the careers of local erotica authors, we will be accepting romance but not erotica for this particular collection. However, rather than limit the creativity of our authors, we encourage them to write from the heart and allow us to work with them to fine-tune the work after the fact if we feel it strays too far outside our vision for the collection.

What does it pay?

This collection pays authors $0.01 CAD per word to an upper limit of 7,500 words.

Are there minimum/ maximum word limits?

There are not minimum word limits. In the past we have had stories as short as 250 words. We have set 7,500 words as a maximum word limit, only because we anticipate many submissions and want to fit as many as we can in.

Can someone submit more than one story?

Of course! We may take one or both! We have had the same author in the same collection multiple times in the past.

Who can submit?

Any Canadian author looking to represent the stories, lives and creativity of 2SLGBTQAI + folks! There is also no age restriction. Anyone over Canadian Age-of-Consent (16 years of age) can submit and sign the print release on their own. Entrants younger than that will have to sign the print release with a parent or guardian.

Who keeps the printing rights?

You do! Engen Books Ltd and Quadrangle merely gain the right to print your story in this one collection. You keep the rights to your story and property: so if it takes off and becomes a huge hit, you keep all the benefits!

Do you accept reprints?

Yes, so long as you hold the copyright to allow us to publish it in the collection and the other criteria for the collection are met. Please tell us if you are submitting a reprint. We do give priority to new stories except in extreme cases.

How do I submit?

All submissions should be directed to and should be sent from a reliable email address that you check regularly (we will contact all applicants through email with the status of their submission once the deadline has passed). Submissions should clearly be marked in the Subject Line as being for the “Quadrangle Collection.”

When do submissions close?

March 31, 2021 11:59 PM Newfoundland Standard Time.

Do you have questions?

Ask them below by commenting on this post or emailing, we will answer you post haste!

Happy Writing!

We regret that due to the volume of submissions we receive we will be unable to acknowledge receipt of entries. We will contact you after submissions close, usually within 30 days, to let you know if we accepted your work or not.

2 thoughts on “Calling all 2SLGBTQAI+ fiction writers in Newfoundland and Labrador!”

  1. What will you be doing to ensure that the content is representative of the LGBTQ+ community and not filled with misinformed stereotypes perpetuated by (cishet) people who think they’re being good “allies” despite using members of the community as mere token characters to fill anthology requirements, or homophobes who intend to paint the community in an unpleasant light? How many actual LGBTQ+ people do you have checking submissions in the acceptance process, and on your editing team? (Note: “I’ve been a really good ally though for many years!” is not equivalent to the lived experiences and nuances of the community you wish to portray).

    It’s great that you’re letting many people submit content, but what are you actively doing to make sure you are not harming the community you plan to help?

    I look forward to your response.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hello, thanks for the comment. We understand that concern. Story selection is being 100% handled by members of the community. We reached out to a local 2SLGBTQAI+ organization, Quadrangle, for help making and are donating all net profits from the collection to them. The story selection team is made up of two members of the community from Quadrangle and two members of the community from Engen Books, and members of those teams will be handling the editing as well. I hope this answers your question. 🙂


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