WE WANT YOUR LYRIC PROSE

We are seeking the best lyric essays and prose poetry we can find, though we'll also look at creative nonfiction, hybrid & experimental essays.


ISSUE 10 is now open! We're seeking tight, well-worded, surprising prose poetry and lyric essays, though we'll also look at creative nonfiction and hybrid works. It would be helpful if you read our website pages on the following if submitting nonfiction:

- lyric essay 

- prose poem (remember that these must be formatted in paragraph form; no line breaks

- Issue  10 selections already published

- our lyric prose print anthology, the "best of" from issues 1-8, can be purchased on Amazon. You won't be disappointed.

These are unique genres, and very different from generic nonfiction or standard poetry. We're also not fond of pure memoir. Everyone has a story to tell, but focus on how it's told as much as what is told. The lyric essays and prose poems we enjoy most are focused on language.  Try too hard and it'll sound contrived, but if you don't try hard enough, it'll lack the beauty we seek. Find the right balance. Read the links above to get a feel for that. Our Christine Prose Poetry Award this year offers a $50 prize to Managing Editor's favorite prose poem, so send us that stunner you've been holding back. You know the New York Times doesn't want it, but WE DO.


FICTION - CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST, 2020


What to avoid: anything not geared toward a wide-audience focus.

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.


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 blank marked Cover Letter. All submitted material should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced.

We can be very quick with our replies, sometimes within a day or two, but up to three months or more for other work. It all depends on our schedules, what we might be holding for future consideration, what we've already received, etc.

We reserve the right to edit an author's bio for whatever reason.

$5.00 will get your work read in 30 days. This donation does not guarantee acceptance or editorial comments of any kind. Do realize that every donation is very much appreciated! 


This form does not apply to artwork. If you're submitting artwork, use the Artwork form.


WE READ "BLIND" - No identifying information on submissions, please, or we'll have to decline it, even if you've paid the expedited reading fee. Do, however, be sure to include your information on the Submittable block labelled "Cover Letter." Also, save yourself some money by realizing that all submissions must be suitable for a wide audience.


$12.00 will get your work commented on by one of our editors. This will not be an indepth, line-by-line, commentary, but summary comments on why the piece was either accepted or declined.


Response time will vary depending on workload, but we hope to reply within two months. Do realize that every donation is very much appreciated!


 This form does not apply to artwork. If you're submitting artwork, use the Artwork form. 


WE READ "BLIND" - No identifying information on submissions, please, or we'll have to decline it, even if you've paid the feedback response fee. Do, however, be sure to include your information on the Submittable block labelled "Cover Letter." Also, save yourself some money by realizing that all submissions must be suitable for a wide audience.