WE ARE NOW CLOSED TO ALL SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JULY 1
Issue 3 (2017):
- The EIR Lyric Essay Award. No reading fee. 500 - 10,000 words. $250 grand prize and three copies of the issue. One honorable mention may also be chosen; the author will receive three copies of the issue along with a $50 honorarium. In the off-chance that none of the submissions fit our unique aesthetic, we'll roll over the prize money to next year's award. Enter as many times as you wish, but only submit new material once you've heard back from us. NOTE: Longforms may be a compilation, but we do want new material included, and be sure to mention where previously published excerpts first appeared.
- Accepted authors will receive three complimentary copies of the issue which contains their work OR a $25 honorarium. Though the lyric essay is what we want, what we'll likely choose first, we'll also look at your long prose poem of at least 500 words, your piece of creative nonfiction of 500 to 1999 words, your hybrid or experimental work of 500 to 1999 words. No reading fee.
- As always, work must be smart, lyrical, family-friendly, and emphasize the "good spaces" even in the midst of darker elements. No poetry this issue.
- One Odd Story - not necessarily odd in content but odd by virtue of the fact that it will be the only piece of fiction in a nonfiction journal. That is, we want to publish a singular piece of fiction in any genre as long as it's literary in style and family-friendly. Fantasy, science fiction, historical, mystery or thriller (no horror, please), contemporary fiction, etc. No erotica or horror. 500 to 5000 words. Accepted author will receive a $50 honorarium plus 3 copies of the issue. No reading fee. Though we're seeking what some call "literary" fiction, the story must move forward, must be interesting, must force the reader to keep turning pages; these are the primary requirements.
- Black and white interior photos are also welcome. Journal size is 8.25 x 8.25. Please only send high resolution photos. Remuneration is one copy of the journal in which your work appears.
Reading period: October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Please give us several months, and up to six months, to review and respond to your submission, though generally we hope to reply within a month if not sooner.
- Information on the lyric essay you may want to explore before submitting: http://www.portyonderpress.com/the-lyric-essay.html.
- Most journals and reviews want a story; we want magic in the language & fire in the flow, a show to impress over drama to incite. Please stretch your lyrical wings. Give us the beautiful, the musical, even the odd & quirky. Think Annie Dillard meets Gertrude Stein.
- Free general submissions during our reading months of October through March. Tip Jar expedited submissions: $3.50 tip jar to be read within 3 weeks and a decision made.
- All stories must appeal to a broad audience ("family-friendly"). Do feel free to delve into the tougher subjects, only do so carefully. We are a "journal of good spaces."
- No identifying author details on submissions. We read "blind." We also edit all material submitted, if necessary, but the author will have final say as per usual.
- Please do not submit again until you hear back from us.
- We are primarily seeking lyric essays. Please NO generic nonfiction, narrative essays, poetry, journalistic essays, book reviews, art, etc. If you've not read Annie Dillard, you may not have discovered the kind of lyricism we especially love.
- Favorite authors: Annie Dillard, Kathleen Dean Moore, Ellen Meloy, Gertrude Stein, Cormac McCarthy, Stephanie Dickinson, and others.
- We love nature, the world, outer space. Cultures.
- We'd rather avoid stories of illnesses, relationship problems, and harsh family dynamics as the central focus.
- We would like to see the gentle or redemptive or calm within the honest, the light of the flame within the darkness; and though the flame may burn at times, show us the blue streaks within the flame, the pink of the scars, and what the healing means to you, not how loudly you screamed at the touch.
- Reveal the new. Be witty. Be fun or meditative or experimental with language.
What we seek: Place-based themes, literary vitality, moral consequence, the sharply beautiful and achingly honest but without a lingering on the darkness. Your submission should be considered "crossover" work: that is, suitable for most ages, though certainly not dumbed down or soft or overtly religious works.
What we hope to avoid: purple prose, genre/mainstream writing, erotica, horror, bawdy and base elements, base humor, predictability, swearing, gratuitous sexuality, preaching / conversion attempts / agenda in religious work, political works without story and literary bent, racial or sexual bias, bigotry, name-calling. Excessive and unnecessary drama for drama's sake. Darkness for darkness' sake. Find better ways to employ strong emotion in your writing.
If you're not sure about a work or a topic, please send it anyway. Though we can't absolutely promise input, in some cases we may jot a suggestion if we have to decline a piece that's close to our ideal.
- Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know immediately if you receive an acceptance before you hear back from us.
- NO reprints for shorter essays. Longforms may be a compilation; be sure to mention where previously published excerpts first appeared.
- Contributors will be offered additional copies at a reduced rate.
- Every submission must be family-friendly, that is, work without swearing, gratuitous sex and violence, and other activities that might be considered "adult." We will ask you to edit out all instances of such.
- You should hear from us within 180 days (unless you use our Tip Jar option) but usually much quicker.
Any writer from any country in the world is welcome to submit. All submissions must be in English.
Include a short 50 word bio in the space allowed on the Submittable form.
This will be an annual print journal. Contributors will be informed when the issue is published, probably mid-summer.
We may choose to publish select pieces or excerpts of work on this site.
Our final decisions will be based on work quality and current needs (though we may occasionally solicit work). We eschew favoritism in all its insidious forms.
Suitable submissions may be nominated for the Pushcart award.
Please do not ask about a free submission until 180 days have passed.
Though no longer a member of CLMP, we gladly adhere to their standards of practice.
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