Current call for submissions: RECONCILIATION

(works will be accepted on a rolling basis)

Reconciliation is an important word in society today. It is a word commonly used in Canada in reference to Indigenous Peoples and the intergenerational trauma associated with the experience of centuries of colonization and cultural genocide, and it refers to the efforts undertaken to rebuild relationships based on mutual understanding and respect. One word to sum up so much. And yet, there exists no consistent understanding of what this word means in practice.


Merriam-Webster (n.d.) defines Reconciliation as “the action of reconciling: the state of being reconciled.” Reconciliation means to achieve harmony or to settle differences through relationship-building. Yet, to define something does not necessarily equate to understanding. What does this mean, to settle differences? What does reconciliation mean within the context of society?

This book sets out to pose that very question: What does reconciliation mean to you? What does reconciliation look like? Let's explore how this word is interpreted across society, curating a collection of definitions of what this means artistically from all sections of the population. We invite writers, artists, children, students, and people from all spheres to submit their definitions of reconciliation in any format that speaks to them. Chosen entries will be represented in a collection, to be released in 2023.

Guidelines: Submissions may be Black & White images or writing under 400 words in any genre: fiction, nonfiction, short poems, social posts, short letters, or anything else you can think of.

To submit your art or writing, email us directly at info@unleashcreatives.com

We are also open to Book Prize and Work Anthology submissions.


2023 WORK Anthology

The job you loved...

The job you loathed...

The job that told you about yourself...

Essays, fiction, drama, and poetry will be accepted. All interpretations of "Work" are encouraged.


  • Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2022.

  • All submissions must be in English.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere and you wish to withdraw it from consideration.

  • There is a submission fee of $10. There will be no refunds of the reading fees.

  • All contributors will receive a paperback copy of the anthology.

  • All accepted work will be considered for the Editors' Prize, which includes a custom illustration to accompany the winning piece, along with a $150 prize.









Treating each book as a work of art, Unleash Press publishes a limited number of single-author manuscripts each year, along with themed anthologies and resource books. Check out our current list here.