Alberta Views is a magazine of well-written and well-researched stories about the culture, politics and economy of Alberta. We feature the best artists, photographers and writers in the province and beyond.
Guidelines for Writers
Each issue contains two or three feature articles of approximately 3,000 words on matters concerning the public good. Alberta Views is only interested in articles that have a strong Alberta focus.
Each issue contains three to five book reviews of approximately 500 words each. We review books written by Albertans and/or published in the province.
Eye on Alberta
Alberta Views will consider reprints from various media of up to 1,000 words for Eye on Alberta (our readings section). To submit a piece for Eye on Alberta—such as a previously published editorial or news item—please email us the text or send a photocopy. Provide the name of the publication and the date the piece appeared. We are interested in speeches, found documents, emails, blog posts and letters of relevance to the public interest.
Fiction and poetry
We do not accept unsolicited fiction. However, we do hold an annual fiction contest; visit our Contests page in the spring for details about our annual Fiction Contest. We do not accept unsolicited poetry.
In any query, please include:
1. A written proposal of 300–500 words outlining your intended contribution to Alberta Views, why you are qualified to write about your subject and what sources you intend to use. 2. A résumé outlining your experience and education. 3. Recent examples of your published work (tear sheets).
No materials will be returned.
Accompanying artwork or photos are welcome, but please see the guidelines for illustrators and photographers. Do not embed graphics in Word files. Please email us about your ideas for articles. We do not accept phone queries. For queries, expect a reply in six to eight weeks.
Please address all queries to the attention of:
208, 320 23rd Ave SW
Calgary AB, T2S 0J2
Or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for Illustrators & Photographers
We are a Mac-based operation, running recent versions of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. All digital images for publication should be 300 dpi, TIFF, JPG or EPS format. We can scan transparencies, prints and illustrations up to 18 x 25 inches.
We gratefully accept images from Alberta artists and galleries who wish to showcase their work in the magazine (space permitting). We often feature art when there is an upcoming show by the artist.
Photography and illustration assignments
All photography and illustration for our features is assigned by our art director. We buy First North American Serial Rights, and the right to post the article on our website and for internal design reuse.
It is the magazine’s mandate to feature Alberta artists and photographers, or imagery that is about Alberta. We do our best to avoid the postcard view of our province.
If you would like Alberta Views to see your visual work, please send samples to:
Suite 208 – 320 23rd Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2S 0J2
A self-addressed stamped envelope is required if you wish your samples returned, but samples we can keep on file will increase the likelihood of future assignments.
You can also send samples to the Art Director.
Please send only 3 to 5 files (no larger than 100kb each), in any of the common formats: JPEG, TIFF, EPS or PDF.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Alberta’s magazine of thoughtful commentary on social issues, politics and culture.