CAROUSEL (est. 1983) is an exquisitely produced hybrid literary/arts magazine representing new & established artists, with a focus on positioning Canadian talent within an international context. This innovative journal — now exclusively released online — prides itself on presenting work across many genres: if it’s original & engaging, we want to give it a home!


· we strongly recommend that you research CAROUSEL carefully before you submit: many archived works are fully accessible at our blog; sample copies of our lovely print back issues may also be ordered HERE

· please take a moment to follow us on Social Media:  Instagram / Twitter / Facebook (plenty of clues about the kind of work we promote can be gleaned from our posts)

· add your email address to our electronic mailing list — you will receive one or two emails per month keeping you informed about events, calls and general CAROUSEL news


CAROUSEL does not charge reading fees, unless otherwise specified (please note that we only have a limited number of free submissions per month; if we exceed this number (which is 200), our free submissions categories will close for the remainder of the month ... in this instance, we turn on an optional $2 version of the category if you still want to submit NOW — or, please return on the first of the following month!) 

#USEReview: Call for Experimental Reviews

· always open

Chain: Response Poetry 

· always open (except in the small windows of time when we've chosen a new link but before we've announced it)

— now accepting responses to CHAIN 8 (by CHRIS TOMPKINS) from Apr 8-30, 2021 

General Call (poetry, fiction)

· next reading period opens — Sep 01/21



· we welcome submissions from everyone, but we especially encourage creators from marginalized groups (including but not limited to BIPOC, 2SLGBTQQIA, low-income, and disabled communities) to submit

· we do not accept previously published work (including works that have appeared in chapbooks or anywhere online)

· by submitting your work to CAROUSEL, you acknowledge that you will be automatically signed up to receive CAROUSEL E-News! — we send 1 or 2 emails per month informing you about events, submission calls and other magazine-related happenings (you may unsubscribe at any time)


· we allow simultaneous submissions; indicate in your cover letter if we are viewing works simultaneously submitted to other outlets

· if you do place work elsewhere, let us know immediately by adding a message to your submission (if you're open to sharing, we also love to know where your work was placed)


· accepted contributors will receive an honorarium upon publication (paid in CDN currency, via Paypal or eTransfer) according to the following 2021 Fee Schedule: Poetry: $20 per poem — Fiction: $40–$80 per story — Experimental Reviews: $20–$40 per review

· CAROUSEL reserves the First North American serial rights and the non-exclusive rights to reprint and/or electronically publish any materials that appear in the magazine, including subsequent use on promotional materials related to the magazine and/or its events

· we also ask for credit to CAROUSEL (all caps, please) for any future reprints on all published works

· copyrights remain with the author or artist


· expect a response within 6 months; if you have not heard from us by then, feel free to check in by email

· please do not submit again until you have received a response to your previous submission


CAROUSEL has started an ongoing, international chain of response poems


Poems are often in conversation with other poems — from those that  recreate or re-envision long-standing formal conventions, to those  written “after” or “inspired by” poems that came before them. Here at CAROUSEL, we want to experiment with this tradition in a deliberate way, on a large scale, over time. We therefore bring you CHAIN,  an ongoing, global series of response poems — each connected to the one that came before it but also different enough to stand on its own and lead somewhere new. It starts with one poem — one link in the chain —  and it gets built, link by link, indefinitely. We want to make something massive, meaningful and maybe a little bit monstrous.  


Every chain needs a first link … to get things started, CAROUSEL commissioned the fabulous Canadian writer Andy Verboom to create CHAIN 01, the first poetic link in this project. We chose Andy because of his long-standing interest in collaborative poetics, both as an author of chapbooks like Full Mondegreens with David Huebert, and as a publisher of the ekphrastic journal long con and the multi-authored-chapbook press Collusion Books.

01 — ANDY VERBOOM Delusional Structures of the Inner Ear (Aug 2020)

02 — ZACKARY MEDLIN Tinnitus as a Form of Pareidolia (Sep 2020)

03 — ROXANNA BENNETT Ménière’s Apophenia (Oct 2020)

04 — KERRY RAWLINSON Lady Mondegreen (Nov 2020)

05 — JEREMY COLANGELO Foe Names (Dec 2020)

06 — NATALIE WILKINSON Trundlesung (Jan 2021)

07 — GRAEME BEZANSON Virgins of the Rocks (Feb 2021)

08 — CHRIS TOMPKINS Hibernate, Sweet Ghostess (Mar 2021)


If you want to be the next link in this poetic chain, simply do this: 

· submit 1 poem for consideration that responds to the most recent poem in the chain

· include your FULL NAME, EMAIL, and a short BIO

· preferred file format is .DOCX (we will also accept .DOC and .PDF)  

· indicate which poem you are 'responding to' in the TITLE LINE of the submission

· we are interested in any and all forms of poetry including traditional, formal, experimental and concrete


As this project grows, visit this page often to read all the poems in the chain-to-date — remember, this is a forward-moving project and you should only be responding to the latest poem in the chain (it’ll always be the one at the bottom of the list) — pay close attention to this page, our blog, our social media, or join our email list for updates!

This call will remain open indefinitely; when we choose and publish a new response poem, it will be announced and added to the chain of poems above. At that time, the call will be updated, requesting a response to the next poem in the chain

WRITERS! If you want to receive a reminder email each and every time a new link in this poetic chain is added, email us today at <> with the Subject Line: Next Link in the Chain and we'll send you a notice about the latest poem as soon as it is available. 


· CAROUSEL reserves the First North American serial rights and the non-exclusive rights to reprint and/or electronically publish any materials that appear in the magazine, including subsequent use on promotional materials related to the magazine and/or its events 

· we also ask for credit to CAROUSEL for any future reprints on all published works

· copyrights remain with the author or artist

· payment is $20 for the accepted poem

You are absorbed in thinking about a work of literature and you want to start a public discussion about it. You consider writing a traditional review. But maybe what you want to say is beyond the scope of evaluation and explanation. Maybe it cannot be articulated verbally at all. Or maybe you just dread sitting down to write a traditional 500-1000 word review

Consider creating an experimental review for CAROUSEL's #USEReview section

These are the only parameters: 

· your review must name the author(s) and specify the title of the text(s) being commented upon

· your review must offer some kind of commentary on the chosen text(s)

· the text(s) you are reviewing must be literary (poetry, fiction or hybrid writing)

There is no set genre for your review. Send us a suite of poems, a comic strip, a short story, a piece of visual art — whatever you like, as long as you feel that your review meaningfully comments upon the text(s) in question. There is no set length for experimental reviews, though excessive volume could discourage us. The text being reviewed does not need to be contemporary, though we will likely prioritize reviews of more recent texts

We are putting out this call for experimental reviews because we believe that it is important to publicize, discuss and engage with books. We like reviews, but we also believe that there can be fresh and thrilling alternatives to supplement the role of traditional reviews. 

Please note that if you do send us a more traditional review, we will still read it, but we will only accept it if it is exceptional and thought-provoking. We are unlikely to be interested in a few paragraphs containing a list of adjectives like “raw,” “moving” and “lyrical.”

We hope that you will be as excited about staking out this new genre of experimental reviews as we are.

Please indicate which book you are 'reviewing' in the TITLE LINE of the submission!