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Submissions for Issue 9 are OPEN.

Guidelines

We only accept work from those under 20 years of age. 

We don't have a definitive limit on graphic content or profanity. We ask that you provide content warnings (CWs) with everything you submit, as applicable.
 

We suggest you prepare a cover letter or an artist's statement, depending on if you are submitting writing or art respectively. The cover letter doesn't have to be flowery or extravagant, just something that will verify that it is your own submission. It also helps us get to know you a little better. For our advice on writing a cover letter, you may refer to this blog post with some preliminary tips.

Please read our last issue before submitting. Submit here.

Number of Submissions

You are allowed four submissions at a time; only one piece of prose and up to two poems may be published in the journal per reading period.

Genres

Any and all forms of creative expression are welcome. The Editors are particularly charmed by short fiction, creative nonfiction, and eclectic forms like screenplay for writing. We've gotten everything from photography to calligraphy for art--whatever speaks to you.

Word Limit

There is no definitive word limit for any one submission. Please don't send in manuscripts for novels, chapbooks, or novellas.

Rights

For previously unpublished works, we ask for First North American Serial Rights; for previously published works, we ask for Second Serial Rights.

Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are welcomed and encouraged. The journal accepts both previously published and debut works.

Art Submission Best Practice

  1. Use a scanner or digital camera if you have access to one. (If not, most modern cell phone cameras would work fine.)

  2. Use natural lighting. Wait until the sun is out and take your picture outside, or in a well-lit room.

  3. Keep your lighting consistent. The best way to do this is to make sure that there is an equal amount of light (or close to) everywhere in the room. Avoid standing in front of bright sources of light (i.e. windows, lamps, your camera’s flash) so that there is no glare on your piece, and so that you don’t cast a shadow.

  4. Remove stray marks, smears, eraser crumbs, etc. so that your piece looks polished.

  5. Hold still while taking the photo so that your piece isn’t blurry. (Tip: take multiple shots in a single session just in case a few turn out blurry, and pick the best one!)

  6. Photograph your art piece only. Please don’t show your table or art materials, or the rings of your sketchbook. Feel free to crop and straighten the photo so that only your art piece is visible.

  7. Feel free to touch up the photograph or scan using photo editing software (this isn’t cheating!). Try to reflect the way your piece looks in real life as accurately as possible—place your piece next to the screen and adjust the lighting, contrast, etc. until the digital version looks just right. You don’t need any fancy software—most computers and cell phones have editors built into their photo viewing application now.

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