At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays.

carte blanche is published three times a year: in the winter, spring/summer, and fall.

How to submit

We are open for submissions from 18 February to 18 March 2021. Creative nonfiction, comics, and poetry have been extended until 1 April 2021.

We accept original, previously unpublished submissions through our online submission form ONLY. If you have problems using our submission form, please send us an email.


Submissions for Issue 41 – Spring 2021 are due 18 March at 11:59 p.m. EST. Send us your Comics, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry, and Translations.

Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are sending your piece elsewhere and withdraw your submission via Submittable if it is accepted somewhere else.

Unpublished submissions: We do not accept submissions that have been previously published, including on personal websites and social media.

Rights: We ask for first world serial rights and the right to archive your work on the website. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. In the case of translated pieces, you must already have received permissions from the original publisher to translate the piece prior to submitting your translation to us.

Paymentcarte blanche pays a modest honorarium per submission. We hope to increase the amount in the future.


Our theme for Issue 41 is resilience.

With the global COVID-19 pandemic affecting us all for close to a year now, we have had to develop our resilience in the face of an unprecedented crisis. With our “Resilience: Resistance” Blog Series curated by poet Avleen K. Mokha continuing into 2021 as inspiration, we at carte blanche invite writers and artists to submit their work on the theme of “Resilience” for Spring 2021 – Issue 41.

Please send us your best works of Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Comics, Translations, and Photography. Please make sure to read a recent issue and our guidelines before sending in your work (via Submittable only). The Fiction section will be closed for submissions for this issue.

What to send


We’re looking for comics that have a story to tell, that explore the boundaries of narrative within the comics form. We’re open to all styles, subjects, shapes, and sizes, but keep in mind that your comic will be displayed on the web using our image gallery.

See our website for previous submissions and to get an idea of how the gallery looks.

Please submit your files at web resolution (72dpi) in one file (PDF or ZIP) with an artist’s biography of 75 words or less, and any relevant links.

All files should be named with their proper titles as you would like them to be displayed on the site. Note: If your piece is selected, you may be asked to submit print-ready files for a print-on-demand copy of your issue.

Creative Nonfiction

We consider nonfiction narratives including memoir, personal essay, and literary journalism. Creative nonfiction submissions should be factual. Any changes to names to protect privacy should be indicated in an author’s note.

Maximum 3500 words.

Word limit: 3500 words.


Tell a story in 12 photos or fewer. Together, your photos should create a narrative – whether abstract or concrete.
Send a ZIP or PDF file with your work pasted in and include a statement, captions, and any other relevant text.

If your work is selected for publication, we will contact you for a high-res version of the photo essay. A low-res version is adequate for submitting.


As of 2021, we have instated a submission cap. Please submit early — we will not accept late submissions by email.

We welcome poems in any form.

Limit: Maximum 3 poems per person per submission round.


We accept English translations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written originally in French. If possible, please include the original work on which the translation is based.

If we like your piece and choose to publish it, you will be required to provide proof of permission from the copyright holder of the original work to translate and publish the translation. Obtaining permission can take time, so please do so before you submit!

What not to send (for now)


Our fiction section will be open again soon!

Pitches: à la carte blog

We are currently closed for “à la carte blog” blog submissions.

When we reopen, we will be especially interested in pitches for the à la carte blog from marginalized writers. BIPOC,  LGTBQA2S, disabled (visible & invisible), under-represented religions, and others will be encouraged to submit.