oteh nîkân

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oteh nîkân publishes writing by LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous writers year-round. We read submissions monthly and editorial decisions are communicated shortly thereafter. 

When you submit, you’ll be asked to provide contact info, a short bio, and to designate community affiliation (i.e., to which First Nations, Metis, or Inuit community you belong).

We allow for simultaneous submissions; if your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us as quickly as possible.


Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction (including scholarly writing and criticism).

Word count:

  • Prose (fiction & non-fiction): up to 3000 words (one piece per submission).
    • Scholarly writing and criticism are welcome and are considered non-fiction.
  • Poetry: up to 1000 words per poem (up to 5 pages of poems). 


  • Prose: $300 CAD/per prose piece
  • Poetry: $200 CAD/per poem

Payment guidelines will be communicated upon acceptance. We acquire first world digital publication rights in English; copyright remains with the writer.


We use Duotrope’s submission manager Duosoma for all submissions. This requires you to have a Duotrope account, but not a paid Duotrope subscription plan. The free account is all that is required to submit. You will be able to check on the progress of your submission using this account.

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oteh nîkân

About Us

oteh nîkân is a digital magazine that aspires to make the publishing world more accessible to LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous writers in North America as well as to build on an already-burgeoning body of LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous writing. It was founded by Billy-Ray Belcourt in 2023 and is funded by the Canada Research Chair in Queer Indigenous Cultural Production, which he holds in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory.



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