Call: Breaking Mennonite


Submissions deadline: January 27, 2014

Publication Date: March 27, 2014

We are looking for new, unpublished work about living in the city from writers and artists who self-define as Mennonites, whether practicing, declined, lapsed, genetic,  or resistant; we also accept writing and visual art by non-Mennonites about Mennonites.


Mennonites and our Anabaptist ancestors were not always rural people, and most of us no matter how we define ourselves in relation to our heritage, live in cities now. Rhubarb is looking for those short stories, poems and creative nonfiction about living in the city. For some of us it may be recent, while other families made homes in the city already 100 years ago. Does living in the city break or relieve Mennonites? We will look at the land again in our July Earth and Gardens issue.


Fiction editor: Bernice Friesen

Non-fiction editor: Maurice Mierau

Poetry editor: Di Brandt



Poetry: Up to 30 lines (preferred)

Fiction and non-fiction: Up to 2,500 words

Artwork: Black-and-white artwork including high contrast photographs that reproduce well in the magazine printing process. A limited number colour images are used in each issue, including a cover image and images for an art feature inside.


Rhubarb also publishes humour, book reviews, commentary, issues analysis and articles related to the theme. Contact [email protected] before submitting your work.  



Submit fiction, poetry, non-fiction to using the submission form on the website or by email to [email protected]. Attachments accepted in Word doc or docx, images as tiffs or jpegs.


Snail mail submissions are also accepted at:

Rhubarb c/o MLS, 606-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3. Do not send originals. No work is returned.


Please include your name on every page!
All submissions should include a short bio and full name and address of contributor.



Rhubarb buys 1st North American rights, paying $50.00 on publication $25.00 for reviews and web content.