Issue 14 is elven-themed for fiction (submissions must be tied to origin story found here) and unthemed for nonfiction & prose poetry. See guidelines below. This will be an online issue with the possibility of print at a later date for either the fiction and/or nonfiction and prose poetry. Submissions open May 20, 2021 through August 31, 2021 for nonfiction/prose poetry & October 15, 2021 for fiction.
We are a non-paying market except for our annual genre awards.
1. We're looking for elven-themed fiction submissions for Issue 14 that has some tie-in to our origin story.
2. Artwork will also be considered, again with a tie-in to our origin story and theme.
3. No reading fee.
NONFICTION and PROSE POETRY
1. Essays up to 1500 words. Send one or two in the same document. (Note that we love hybrid, lyric, and unique subjects & writing styles.)
2. Prose poetry up to 250 words. Send up to three in the same document. NOTE: We consider a prose poem to be like a paragraph of text. That is, NO line breaks whatsoever, no blocking forms, no slashes, no extra spacing, just a straight paragraph of text (without the initial tab) but of course it should contain the lovely tight and surprising language of poetry rather than sound like a diary entry or narrative paragraph.
3. Do not mix genres in your single document.
4. No reading fee.
1. Submit as many times as you wish, but only after you've heard back from us.
2. As always, nonfiction must be smart and preferably lyrical, and prose poetry must be tight.
3. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We rarely edit from this end. Make sure your work is typo-free.
4. Please give us six weeks or so to review and respond to your submission(s), though generally we hope to reply much sooner.
5. If you want a quick reply, use our speedy reply donation option which will be available during this time. "Speedy reply" means a simple yes or no within 15 days.
6. We read BLIND. No author name or address on the manuscript or file name. The Title space on Submittable should only contain the title of the work. Your name and bio goes in the box marked Cover Letter on your Submittable submission form.
7. All submitted material should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced.
8. If it helps you decide what to send, please know that we enjoy short, pithy, language-driven work that makes sense. We love beauty and lyricism.
9. We reserve the right to edit an author's bio for whatever reason.
10. Accepted contributors will be required to sign an author's agreement.
- Please stretch your lyrical wings. Give us the beautiful, the musical, even the odd & quirky. Think Annie Dillard meets Gertrude Stein, but make sure it makes sense.
- Please, no standard poetry, journalistic essays, book reviews, etc. If you've not read Annie Dillard, you may not have discovered the smart lyricism we especially love.
What we hope to avoid: purple prose, erotica, horror, bawdy and base elements, base humor, predictability, gratuitous sexuality, racial or sexual bias, bigotry, name-calling, preaching / conversion attempts / agenda in religious or philosophical work, political works without story and literary bent or which aims to convert. Stories for children. Excessive and unnecessary drama for drama's sake. Darkness for darkness' sake. Find better ways to employ strong emotion in your writing.
Simultaneous submissions are fine but as per usual please let us know immediately if you receive an acceptance before you hear back from us, as is customary.
We do not favor reprints unless it's a piece that meets our requirements above and has been published in a well-known literary venue.
Any writer from any country in the world is welcome to submit work in English.
Include a short third person, 50-100 word bio in the Cover Letter box on the Submittable form.
This will be an online-only issue; accepted work will be posted online either month-by-month or all at once, TBD. Select work may be included in a future print anthology.
Our final decisions will be based on work quality and current needs (though we may occasionally solicit work). That being said, we eschew favoritism in all its insidious forms.
Submissions may be nominated for the Pushcart award, Best of the Net, Best American Essays, etc.
Please do not ask about a free submission until at least 4 months have passed.