Understorey Magazine publishes literary writing and visual art by and about Canadian women (including those with or applying for permanent residence). Our vision is to sustain a relevant, accessible, diverse and aesthetically beautiful venue that supports and empowers women through self-expression. To achieve this vision we:

  • Publish compelling, original stories and art by Canadian writers and artists who self-identify as women.
  • Inspire, encourage and mentor new and emerging writers and artists.
  • Support and promote established writers and artists.
  • Seek out underrepresented stories and voices.
  • Maintain a broadly feminist perspective that is welcoming, inclusive and empowering.

Understorey launched in November 2013 as a project of the Second Story Women’s Centre in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. With their generous administrative and editorial support, we published seven fabulous issues on the many facets of motherhood, including a special issue on motherhood and disability.

In 2016, Understorey formed a new partnership with the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI) at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. This exciting collaboration will see the magazine grow and diversify. We plan to maintain our interest in motherhood (defined broadly) but will expand our scope to include a range of themes relevant to Canadian women. The first issue produced through this partnership explored women and justice. Please stay tuned for further details of Understorey‘s new editorial board and creative direction.


Publication Details
Title: Understorey Magazine
Published: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Frequency: 2-3 times per year
ISSN: 2560-6506