Monday, March 12, 2012

Ryga - Poetry - Short Plays - Prose

Ryga Ryga: A Journal of Provocations

Ryga is a Canadian literary journal published twice a year. The title of the journal is in honor of George Ryga, the playwritght that wrote one of Canada's most famous plays, the Ecstacy of Rita Joe. In fact, the journals mission statement and raison d’ĂȘtre is based around that seminal work and is outlined here:

Ryga: A Journal of Provocations showcases the work of both established and emerging writers who explore social issues. We publish two times a year out of Okanagan College. -

Ryga publishes poetry, prose and short plays. It pays $100 for FNASR and some internet rights. I'm not sure if they pay on acceptance or on publication. Odds are they pay on publication though. That seems to be the unfortunate norm :( The site offers many excerpts from it's back issues that you can check for samples. At the time of this article, they have only 4 issues published.

Yup, they accept email submissions, but unfortunately, they don't seem to have an online presence beyond the site itself.

From thier submission guidelines:
Ryga welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays that coincide with our editorial mission and follow these guidelines:
Submissions by email should include the text pasted into the body of the email AND attached as a Word file or a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file.

Submissions should be made to:
Sean Johnston, Editor,

The site also has chapbooks for sale, but it doesn't say that they accept them for consideration.

Additionally, the site links to the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature page - however, it is only open to residents of British Columbia

You can check out the details here:

So, there ya have it. Good luck :)

Here is the paperback of the play by George Ryga

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

~ George Ryga (author) More about this product

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Here is music as sung by Ann Mortifee in the theatrical production

Here are some literary works by Ryga's editor, Sean Johnston

A Day Does Not Go By

~ Sean Johnston (author) More about this product

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All This Town Remembers

~ Sean Johnston (author) More about this product

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The Ditch Was Lit Like This

~ Sean Johnston (author) More about this product

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They pay on acceptance