We are limiting each issue to 30-pages and will notify accepted submitters as to which issue they’ve been accepted to – which will happen on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, we have filled the issues four months in advance, so if your submission is topical, please keep this in mind. To submit, simply send your submissions to Chris.
Please be aware that we have edited our submission guidelines due to the recent election and the political climate it hath brought.
We still require written submissions to be under 2,000 words, submitted in a Word Document, a text file, or in the body of the email. PDFs will not be considered and will be rejected outright.
We still require that image submissions be sent at least 300 dpi, with a title, your name as you would like it to appear, and the media.
We will still accept simultaneous submission, but please don’t be ridiculous about it. If we are messaged with 500 (or even 10) other publications, your piece will be rejected outright. It shows us that your piece hasn’t been considered for its appropriateness for our publication.
Subjects we don’t care for/things we don’t like:
- We don’t care for rhyme if it makes the poem unreadable, works against the cadence, or forces bad grammar.
- We don’t care for self-gratification writing. While it’s a great practice, it’s not the best for publication. It must have relevance to someone else.
- We don’t care for pieces that drive the meaning through the reader’s skull like a mallet, or pieces that take verbal nuance so far it becomes vague and confusing.
- We’re not fans of excessive words of temporality (while, meanwhile, as, during, and, etc.) or excessive words of causality (because, thus, so, causing, therefore), or words of opposition (yet, but).
- We don’t care for pieces that sound like period pieces. We are a modern publication, so let’s keep it modern.
- We’re not big on love poems or pieces where the bulk of the piece is focused on a woman’s beauty or appearance.
- We don’t care for the trifecta. What we mean by that is, almost every time a new submitter comes, they submit three pieces: a love/love lost piece, a meta poem about writing poetry, and an extended metaphor about nature and life.
- We also don’t care for pieces about how technology is ruining our relationships, how much millennials suck at life and are the destroyer of all things, or word salad pieces. We get a ton of these pieces every month and they don’t really tell us anything new.
That’s not to say that you couldn’t amaze us with these things, just know that they will likely be rejected.
Things that we expect/prefer:
- Respectful discourse
- We appreciate diverse perspectives and thoroughly enjoy reading viewpoints from women, people of color, LGBTIQA, people with disabilities, and members of religious minorities.
Things that will be rejected and could get your temporarily or permanently banned:
If your submission violates any of the guidelines below, you will be informed and temporarily banned from submitting for one month’s time. This temporary ban is as much for submitters as it is for us. We want to make sure that we are reviewing your submission with an open mind, and can’t do that if you are rapid firing “proof” that you can write something else. (This did happen recently, and it was very hard to divorce our feeling from the last submission when reading the new one.)
If it is a flagrant violation or you argue with our staff, you will be permanently banned. We have dealt with too much harassment to waiver on this, so don’t ask. This is not a conversation. You have submitted to our publication, so follow our rules. If you don’t want to follow them, don’t submit to us.
- The piece implicates you in a crime.
- The piece is partially or fully plagiarized.
- The piece slanders a member of the general population (public figures are exempt from this rule, as they open themselves for criticism).
- The piece uses women or children as an object/bargaining chip for a male protagonist (either the plot involves saving the damsel, or the woman or child is used as an object to “hurt” the male protagonist in some way).
- The piece reduces women to body parts, objects, or in another way dehumanizes women.
- The piece’s main focus is sexual attraction or exploitation.
- The piece is erotica.
- The piece sexualizes a child. This means anyone under 18 years old, no matter what.
- The piece glorifies or sexualizes violence against women (unless it is absolutely clear that it is consensual).
- The piece uses child molestation or rape against children as a plot point (unless it is a memoir or non-fiction, which will be judged on a case-by-case basis by a survivor).
- The piece uses rape or sexual violence against women as a plot point (unless it is a memoir or non-fiction, which will be judged on a case-by-case basis by a survivor).
- The piece includes content that could be considered sexist, fetishist (unless consensual), homophobic, transphobic, racist, ableist, or in any other way offensive to a protected class or minority.
- Things that we consider sexist: naming all characters except the female ones, providing developed male characters but flat female characters, generalizing based on gender, use of pejorative terms, etc.
- Things that we consider fetishist: depicting certain races as hyper-sexual or animalistic in their sexual appetites, depicting certain genders or gender identifies as sex objects or hyper-sexual, depicting certain sexual identities as hyper-sexual or as something to be observed by others (voyeurism), sexualizing things that people naturally do that are not sexual in nature, etc.
- Things that we consider homophobic: depictions of homosexual relationships as less valid than heterosexual relationships, sexual orientation erasure, the depiction of sexual orientation as abnormal or as a mental illness, generalizing based on sexual orientation, use of pejorative terms, etc.
- Things that we consider transphobic: depictions of transgender people as less valid than cis gender people, the depiction of a gender identity as abnormal or as a mental illness, generalizing based on gender identity, dead naming or misgendering a trans person, use of pejorative terms, etc.
- Things that we consider racist: depictions of people of color as less than white people, depictions of people of color in a way that could be interpreted as animalistic or fetishized, generalizing based on race, the use of racial stereotypes, use of pejorative terms, etc.
- Things that we consider ableist: depictions of people with disabilities as heroes for doing something ordinary, depictions of people with disabilities as having tragic or empty lives for reasons having to do with their disability alone, using people with disabilities as a symbol rather than a fully fleshed out character, generalizing based on ability, use of pejorative terms, etc.
Once the piece has been published, it is done. If we made a typo, we’d be happy to fix it, but we will not pull the piece or make any large edits. It usually takes 2-3 months after a submission is accepted to go to print; you have that time to make any changes to the piece.