Entrances & Exits

Come in. Get out. Welcome. Goodbye.

Where are you from? How did you get here? Where are you going?

There’s constant movement all around us. Our world is made up of entrances and exits, moments of arrival and departure. Sometimes we cross borders, other times we open a door. But sometimes we simply peer through the window, catching a glimpse of what awaits us on the other side.

We find small openings and slide through them, or stop dead in our tracks hindered by closed gates. We enter a new year, a new age, a new relationship, a new chapter in our lives. But we leave those too. Or are left by them.

In this inaugural issue of Living Hyphen, we ask you for your stories of entrances and exits. Show us your interpretation of how literal or figurative doorways have shaped your identity. We’re seeking poetry, prose, photography, and illustrations from writers and artists all across Canada.

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for more updates.

Submission Guidelines

We are accepting submissions from emerging and established writers and artists all across Canada who are part of a diaspora. Before submitting work, please read through our call for submissions to get a sense of our this issue’s theme and what kind of written and visual art we are looking for.


Creative Writing: Short stories (2000 words or less), poetry (limit of 5 poems per call), comics, and play excerpts.

Photography: Limit of 5 photographs per call accompanied with a title and description.

Illustrations: Limit of 3 illustrations per call accompanied with a title and description.

If you're interested in submitted a piece outside of these outlined genres/guidelines, please e-mail us with a pitch!