Broken Pencil is the magazine of zine culture and the indpendent arts. We are a quarterly magazine based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Broken Pencil is looking for works of fiction from diverse writers that conform to no principles, no guidelines, and no preconceptions. We want work that hurts you to write, and us to read. Stories should be no longer than 3,000 words. Payment varies, depending on the status of our finances. Right now, we pay between $50 and $100 per piece.  

Be patient. We only come out four times a year and due to the volumne of submissions it can take us a while to read your work. But we want to assure you that every story you send to us is read with care and consideration. Please note: by submitting your story to Broken Pencil you are also agreeing to becoming a recipient of our monthly e-newsletter. You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time. 

Optional Submission Fee: 

We ask for an optional submission fee to offset the cost of keeping an open submission policy. All submissions will be treated the same regardless of whether or not you opt-in to the submission fee. Friends, Broken Pencil is a not for profit magazine devoted to zines, independent print culture and fiction on the edge. Please consider supporting us! 

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