Geist is the Canadian magazine of ideas and culture—every issue brings together a sumptuous mix of fact + fiction, photography and comix, poetry, essays and reviews, and the weird and wonderful from the world of words. The Geist tone is intelligent, plain-talking, inclusive and off­beat. At the heart of our enter­prise is the imaginary coun­try that some of us inhabit from time to time, and which often has some­thing to do with Canada.

Please read our submission guidelines before submitting. 

Contests: We accept contest submissions from outside of Canada, with or without a Canadian connection. 

Please format your manuscript as follows:

Word Count: insert word count at the top of the first page!

Font: 12 point Times Roman             

Line Space: 1.5 

Margins: 1.25 inches     

Page Numbers please, at the bottom right corner on every page

Include your street address in your cover letter.


Thank you for following these guidelines.
–The Editorial Team


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We publish short (approx. 800-1200 words) non-fiction, usually personal narrative, in the Notes and Dispatches section. Longer (up to 5000 words) non-fiction pieces are published as Features. Send one piece at a time.

Update Jan 17, 2023: We are looking for short non-fiction in particular at this time. 

Your cover letter should include your name, complete mailing address and email.