Call for Submissions -- Issue #4

Pornography is now a part of most Canadians’ lives. For many, it’s an intrusion: the spam they receive in their email inbox, advertising increased sexual performance or organ size. For others, it’s a choice: easy access into a world of unbridled sexuality in as many forms as the human imagination has been able to invent.

Its ubiquity suggests that pornography is a cultural landmark, a consequence of our way of living. This issue of The Centennial Reader invites submissions that explore its meaning, its effects, and its presence in our world.

Submission deadline is December 15, 2012.

The Centennial Reader straddles both worlds: the academic world and the popular publication world. Submissions should therefore apply intellectual thought to topical concerns, offered in an entertaining and popular way.

We are looking for essays that use academic research, written to reach a thoughtful, popular audience. Articles should not be written to an academic audience; neither are the submissions to be newspaper articles. For examples of the type of article we’re looking for, please see our current issue at (

All submissions will be subject to an interdisciplinary peer‐review process.
Submissions are open to any Canadian. We will accept submissions in two categories:

  1. Long essay submissions: For longer essay submissions, contributions should be between 2000 and 4000 words (or longer). Contributors are paid 200 Canadian dollars for their essay, upon publication.
  2. Short essay submissions: contributions should be 1000 to 2000 words long. Contributors are paid 100 Canadian dollars for their essay, upon publication.

Completed manuscripts should be submitted electronically, as MS Word attachments, by December 15, 2012 to

Send your previously published essay to The Centennial Reader.
The Centennial Reader is looking for previously published essays to include as part of its publication. We’reĦe looking for thoughtful essays of interest to Canadian readers (see above).

If you have a previously printed essay, please submit your essays to Reprints will be selected through a peer review process as part of our normal essay intake, deadlines of December 15, and April 30 of each year.

Donate an essay.
If you'd like to help further the cause of Canadian thought and the Canadian essay, we welcome essays that meet our reprint or submission standards for donation to this cause. Donated essays will be considered by our peer review board to determine suitability for publication.