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Rowayat seeks original writing for upcoming online publications. We accept unsolicited simultaneous submissions and aim to respond within 3 months. Submission categories are fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, comics, art, reviews, and interviews — in English, French, or Arabic in translation. Contributors do not need to identify as of Arab/SWANA descent, provided their work is in dialogue with the transnational social realities of the Afro/Arab regions and its diaspora communities. Contributors may also decide to expand this reality altogether.

We also accept submissions from all Indigenous Peoples of Canada from across Turtle Island, as we are located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation, a historic place for gathering and trade for many First Nations. These lands and Indigenous Peoples have a history and legacy that is long and deep, and on which there have now been non-Indigenous settlers for more than 375 years. 

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We are open for submissions for Issue 6 “Faith” until February 15th, 2023

Word is faith. A word after a word after a word is how we come face to face with our fallibilities and our power. It is what we do to move from reckoning to redemption. It is what we do to come closer to each other. To write is to have faith that you are not alone; someone out there is listening. It is an unspoken pact between writer and reader, that the words will connect you across borders and oceans, right here on the page where you cease to become strangers. Rowayat invites you to submit your short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and literary translations to Issue 6: Faith. All shades and shadows of faith are welcome. All sizes too. Feel free to have faith in a tub of ice cream carrying you through the night, in as much as a rocket landing you safely on the moon.

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Please choose to submit from these categories:

One short story or novel excerpt (min. 1500 – max. 10,000 words)


Two pieces of flash fiction (no piece longer than 750 words)


Up to three poems

(or writers can submit one flash fiction piece and two poems)

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Nonfiction/Writing Central

All forms of CNF, essays, memoirs, travel literature, author interviews, and book reviews, as well as Writing Central (writing tips, translation advice, or creative writing lessons).

(min. 1500 – max. 3000 words)

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Comics: 4-8 pages 

Eye Candy: 10-14 pages of illustrations, photography, paintings, prints, sculpture, mixed media, or design.

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Before making your submission, please check:

  • Your spelling, punctuation, spacing, and all other formatting.
  • You have included your name and social media handles, website, or relevant links.
  • You have not exceeded the word count in your category.


We currently do not offer any compensation for submission, but we hope to bring you the fortune of readership. We plan to pay for contributions in the future.

The Rowayat team will look into your submission and get back to you as soon as possible.

  1. Online submissions must be in a single file in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  2. Your submission title must be in the following format: YourSurname_SubmissionTitle 
  3. You must include a cover letter with your submission on the first page with the title of the piece, its category, word count, your name, contact details, website/social media links, and a 50-word bio
  4. Fiction must be double-spaced. Indicate stanza breaks in poetry.
  5. Include page numbers on prose or multi-page poems.
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Rowayat was first published in Cairo, Egypt (2012), in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, to encourage through creative writing and artistic expression the values of inclusiveness, democracy and the tolerance of social and individual differences. As Rowayat transitions to a more global readership, our focus remains on hybrid, diverse and pluralistic voices. For that reason, we will not accept any work we deem racist, homophobic, misogynistic, transphobic, ableist, fat-shaming, Islamophobic, antisemitic, Christophobic, orientalist, colonialist, fetishizing of cultures and peoples, appropriation of individual or community experiences of others, denigrating a culture, such as by favouring settler over Indigenous culture or favouring one cultural or religious community over another.