Humanist Perspectives: Writers


What We Publish

We are interested in a wide range of articles, stories and poetry that reflect our mandate. We look for works that reflect the efforts of humans to lead responsible and good lives, in the only world we have – the natural world. We publish writing on ethics, art, politics, religion, environment, education, and many other topics that relate to the rich complexity of human life. Writings in Humanist Perspectives aim to be of interest to both the intellectual community and the general public. We look for articles that are interesting, original, well-written and accurate.

Humanist Perspectives is published four times each year.


Articles and fiction can be any length up to 3000 words, though shorter work increases the chance of publication. Poetry is usually under 50 lines, with a preference for shorter work. Manuscripts can be submitted as an e-mail attachment (MS Word, Word Perfect, or RTF) to the Editor at

Please include one or two sentences of biographical information, as well as a one paragraph abstract of your work (up to 100 words). Feel free to include any photographs, illustrations, and other visual aids or artwork that might well complement a text submission (please ensure copyright).

We acknowledge manuscripts soon after they arrive. Writers may hear nothing more for several weeks while the Editor reviews submissions with our Editorial Committee, but are eventually notified whether or not a submission will be published. Writers who are concerned about the status of their manuscript may contact the Editor. If a submission is to be used in the magazine, but major changes are required, the writer will be consulted. Small editorial changes will not normally be reviewed with writers.

Unless otherwise agreed, Humanist Perspectives will assume the right to republish your article, including on our website. As we operate on a very small budget, most contributions to Humanist Perspectives are unpaid. All contributors receive five free copies of the magazine. In some cases, when circumstances permit (when we have a grant for the purpose or other special source of funds) we can offer an honorarium.

visual artists

Visual Artwork

detail of Urbi et Orbi by Claudia Nicoletti

Please read the page for writers to better understand what kind of material we publish.

In addition to text, Humanist Perspectives also publishes visual images: illustrations, photographs, paintings, et cetera. Most often these images complement the text pieces, but can also be published as independent images. We are especially interested in work which relates to an issue’s theme, that celebrates our natural world and diverse cultures, or that challenges our ways of thinking. We aim to showcase engaging, mature, and contemplative artwork rather than witty political cartoons.

As we operate on a very small budget, contributions by visual artists are unpaid. As an honorarium, published artists receive five copies of the issue in which the work was published. Copyright will belong to both the artist and Humanist Perspectives.

Submissions are welcome, and may be submitted to our Art Director at

financial donors

Further Support the Journal

In addition to its subscribers, Humanist Perspectives relies on financial donations to increase the quality and circulation of the journal. We believe Humanist Perspectives to be a valuable dialogue in Canada and internationally. All contributions are greatly appreciated (thanked in the masthead annually) and are essential to maintaining and improving this journal.

Humanist Perspectives is published by Canadian Humanist Publications, a non-profit organization with charitable status. We issue you a receipt for Canadian tax credits for the amount of the donation (up to $250 Can or US) less the value of the subscription. Questions about donations and our operating costs can be sent to the Manager at

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