Call for Literary Translations – ellipse magazine

Issue no 1: Returns/Retours Spring 2020 Deadline: October 1st, 2019

ellipse (est. 1969), the first and best-known literary magazine of its kind, is seeking French and English translations of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from all languages and genres. The magazine also welcomes submissions such as book reviews (reviews of literary translations or books on literary translation), creative and critical essays on the topic of literary translation, translator profiles, interviews, and so on. For its next issue, which marks the magazine’s resumption after a period of hiatus, ellipse welcomes submissions that resonate directly or indirectly with the theme of “Returns/Retours,” including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Homecoming; returns to origins
  • Revisiting ancient texts, traditions, old ways
  • Reciprocation; giving something in return
  • Reappearings, resurfacings, rehappenings
  • Indigenous and/or diasporic cultural resurgence
  • Returns in translation practice: retranslations, archaisms, repetitions, etc.

The submission deadline is October 1st, 2019. Prose and non-fiction excerpts should be a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding the source text word count), double-spaced. Poetry/verse submissions should be a maximum of 10 pages (excluding the source text page count). Critical essays should be a maximum of 3,000 words. Book reviews and other formats should be a maximum of 2,000 words. Please contact the editorial board for questions about word and page limits, and for more details regarding formats that do not fit the above categorization. Translations should be sent alongside their source texts, and documentation indicating that the translator has secured the translation rights must be provided. It is the translator’s responsibility to secure translation rights; ellipse will not publish any translation for which the translator has not provided written proof that permissions have been granted. Included in a single Word document should also be the author’s and the translator’s bio of approximately 50 words each.

All submissions should be sent before October 1st to the following e-mail address: In its new format ellipse will be available online and in a limited print run.

We look forward to reading your translations!

The ellipse editorial board: Danièle Marcoux, Benoit Léger, Arianne Des Rochers, Bilal Hashmi, Beatriz Hausner, Patricia Godbout (Editor-At-Large)

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