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Author Guidelines

Beside the Point Call for Submissions

Themed Issue: Power

Writers and Artists! We want your work. 

Beside the Point is a creative writing journal produced at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. In our next issue, we explore the many facets of “power.” The plot of a story often hinges on a power struggle. In politics, power is said to corrupt. What does “power” mean to you? Does a blackout shroud your characters in darkness? Did developing personal power transform your life? From solar power to super powers, from loss of power to empowerment, we’d like to hear about it all. Please send us your stories, poems, creative essays, scripts, comics, or photographs. We seek a diversity of approaches and visions. Try us!

To submit, please register as an author and upload your work here:

To read our most recent issue, find us at the above link or on Facebook.

     Open for submissions: Oct.15, 2018

     Deadline for submissions: Dec.15, 2018.

The fine print: 

  1. Submit work that fits the theme, but don't be afraid to think outside the box. Surprise us. Give us perspectives, genres, or voices we didn’t expect. We will accept prose, poetry, images or a combination of all of the above; just keep in mind that your work may be reproduced in black and white.
  2. At this time, submissions are accepted only from current Camosun students or Camosun alumni. Preference will be given to writers whose work has not already appeared in the journal. 
  3. Please keep your submission under 2500 words OR 8 pages for comics.
  4. We seek previously unpublished submissions.
  5. We’ll usually accept only one piece per writer or artist, but that doesn’t mean you can submit only one thing. Have a few pieces you’re proud of? Why not submit them and let us choose which one fits best in the journal?
  6. Written material is in 12-point font and paginated. Except for poetry, it is double-spaced. A text submission is in Word, OpenOffice, or RTF file format. An image submission is 300 dpi in jpg, eps, tiff or psd file format and able to be printed in 8.5 X 11.
  7. Your name and contact information have been removed from the manuscript.
  8. When you upload your work, select the appropriate section: 1) Creative Nonfiction; 2) Poetry; 3) Fiction: Literary; 4) Fiction: Fantasy; 5) Fiction: Sci-Fi/Suspense/Other (specify); 6) Drama; 7) Comics; 8) Photograph.
  9. In the “Comments for the Editor” box, include a one to two sentence statement of how your submission addresses the theme of power. Also include your Camosun College student ID number; this may be used to verify that you are a current or former Camosun College student.
  10. The journal will be published under a Creative Commons license (Attribution—NonCommercial—NoDerivatives).
  11. Payment will be in a contributor’s copy of the print journal.
  12. Beside the Point acquires first North American serial rights and first electronic rights; copyright reverts to the author upon publication. Written contracts will be drawn up with each author or artist whose work we publish.







Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. In Comments for the Editor (below), you have included a one to two sentence statement of how your submission addresses the theme of power. You have also identified yourself as a current or former Camosun student and included your Camosun student ID number.
  2. The submission is 2500 words or less, or 8 pages maximum for comics.
  3. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  4. Written material is in 12 point font and paginated. Except for poetry, it is double-spaced.

  5. A text submission is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF file format. An image submission is in jpg, eps, tiff or psd file format.

  6. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Name and contact information will be entered in Step 3 on the Submission's Metadata screen.

  7. The appropriate section has been selected: 1) Creative Nonfiction; 2) Poetry; 3) Fiction: Literary; 4) Fiction: Fantasy; 5) Fiction: Sci-Fi/Suspense/Other (specify in Comments for the Editor); 6) Drama; 7) Comics; 8) Photograph.


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The text may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that credit is given to the original author.

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