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Call For Submissions - Volume III

In this issue, we wish to explore how we learn to live and identify with various forms of grief: denial, fear, anger, depression, acceptance, and love. Consider the collective loss we have faced during this time of isolation and unrest, and how we have moved through this global form of grief.

We accept fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, photography, and illustration. We are open to all genres, mediums, and styles, as long as we can print it! 

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Types of submissions accepted
We invite submissions of finished pieces in the following mediums (previously unpublished work is preferable):

  • poetry
  • essays/creative non-fiction
  • creative writing/short fiction
  • illustration
  • photography 

Guidelines for submissions 
*Please submit all word documents in .docx format only.
A short bio and link to your website (if relevant) is appreciated. 

File types for images: 
Please submit files as .jpeg/.tiff/.psd, with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

References and citation style for essays: 
Please use Chicago style in-text citations. Citations/notes should be included at the end of the document as unembedded endnotes. Use reference numbers for your notes, in both the body of the text and the endnotes.

Submission deadline is September 1st 2020 at midnight
Email submissions to

For more information, questions, or thoughts, please contact us at

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About Us 

Cool Customer is an annual publication designed, edited, and published by Kenley Blackwood, Jessy Kitchen, and Clea Christakos-Gee. We aim to explore diverse perspectives from writers and artists to create a space for a collective grieving process, as well as to engage readers in work that provokes thought and reflection surrounding grief.

As a meditation on grief, Cool Customer aims to be a space for honesty, intimacy, and healing. We are interested in considering the form that grief takes in our work as we process, engage with, and cope with loss and trauma. We wish to explore grief in a myriad of ways, be it the loss of a life, a relationship, an identity, or a precious object.

Cool Customer is published in Toronto. 

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