Greetings. Thank you ahead of time for trusting us with your work!

READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES before you submit something to this or any journal. Seriously. You're wasting our time & money with each piece we have to decline due to identifying information or disqualifying features (swearing, sexual content), and that makes us a little sad. 

We read BLIND. No identifying information on submission itself, the title of the document, or on the title added to Submittable. We will have to decline any submission that doesn't adhere to this request. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable for the cover letter.

2000 to 10,000 words of a longform lyric essay only. No personal essays, generic creative nonfiction, etc.

This submission may include a compilation of shorter lyric essays with some connecting thread, original or previously published lyric essays (as long as the compilation itself has never been published), or one original long lyric essay. The form should take that of an essay, not a poem or prose poem. Feel free to use white space. 

For reference, our favorite longform lyric essayists are Annie Dillard, Judith Kitchen, Ellen Meloy, Anne Carlson, Susan Sontag. Your work must sing, not simply narrate. For more specifics, visit our page on the lyric essay.

Submit as many times as you wish but wait until you hear back from us before sending more. No reading fee.

Prize winner will receive $250 and 3 copies of the issue in which their longform essay appears. An honorable mention may be chosen and will receive a $50 honorarium and 3 copies of the issue in which their essay appears.
WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on your essay itself or on the title of the essay file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on an essay will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable for the cover letter.

Please read our page on the Lyric Essay before you submit.

Send one lyric essay from 500 to 1999 words long. Feel free to resubmit after you've heard back from us. 

Read our complete website guidelines here:

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, your hybrid or experimental work.

All submissions must be family-friendly.
We read BLIND. That means you must not have ANY identifying information on your submission: Not on the manuscript itself nor on the file name. We will have to decline all work that contains the author's name. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable for the cover letter. 

Odd Story - send us a singular piece of fiction in any genre as long as it's literary in style and family-friendly. Literary fantasy, literary science fiction, literary historical, literary mystery or thriller, literary contemporary fiction, etc. No erotica or horror. 500 to 5000 words. Accepted author will receive a $50 honorarium plus 3 copies of the issue. We only accept work that is geared toward a wide audience, i.e., for all ages.

Remember, the story should not necessarily be odd in content but odd by virtue of the fact that it will be the only piece of fiction in a nonfiction journal. 
  • We read BLIND - no identifying info on either the submission itself or the file name, or we'll have to decline it! But do please put your info on the Submittable space provided labelled "cover letter."
  • Send us your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction but ONLY IF YOU HAVE two or fewer previous publications - this includes articles, poems, books, chapbooks, etc. (We will check credentials.)
  • We have a separate category for art & photography; do not send it through this one.
  • All material must be family-friendly.
  • Send any genre (except horror or erotica) in literary or genre style (any writing style, that is), up to 10,000 words, all unpublished. This does NOT include work you've published on your own blog or interviews, guest blogs, etc., of a journalistic nature, though that work should not be submitted to us as it has already been seen on the internet. If you've written something else not mentioned here, such as a screenplay or script, send it. We'll give it a look.
  • Send up to 3 poems in one document, or one work of prose, but don't send more until you hear back from us. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine but as per usual do let us know if what you've submitted is accepted elsewhere in the meantime, and kindly withdraw it from consideration with us. 
  • If you have two publication credits already and receive a third acceptance while your work is in our submission queue, please withdraw it from our consideration; you've passed the quota.
  • Expect a little feedback, but don't expect a critique; we simply won't have time for that. If we happen to not offer feedback, send something else until we do.
  • Response time: 2 days to 2+ months. All decisions will be made on or before January 15th, 2017 with an expected publication date around April 1st unless we extend the deadline.
Please don't include your name on the title used in Submittable or on the photo or art files. We'd like to view these without personal identifiers. NO PERSONAL IDENTIFIERS.

We're seeking art & photography from beginning artists & photographers to use for the cover & interior of our TEN DEBUT AUTHORS issue (#4).
Color submissions will be considered for the front and back covers while black and white will be considered for both the covers and interior.

All submissions must be family-friendly (that is, make sure they have clothes on, etc.).

Traditional, surreal, whatever. Send it.

Up to 10 photos or pieces of art at a time.

Ends on March 31, 2017$ 3.50
$ 3.50
$3.50 will get your work read in 15 days (or less) during our reading months, for either Issue 3 or 4. Please be aware that this donation does not, however, guarantee acceptance. It also cannot be used for art or photography.
Please read our full website guidelines before submitting:

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 FAMILY-FRIENDLY or they will be declined.
You can find the link for Issue 2 below - DO NOT TRY TO ORDER OFF THE SUBMITTABLE SITE; it cannot be done. You MUST use the link to our website below. Find the BUY NOW button there and click on it, use Paypal, and place the order on our website. No need to fill out the Submittable form either. Just use the link directly below.