PLEASE READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES before you submit your work to this or any journal. 


FICTION - Year around

LYRIC & HYBRID ESSAYS - December 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019

PROSE POETRY - December 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019

ARTWORK (no photography) - December 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019


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.


It would probably be helpful if you read our website pages on the lyric essay & the prose poem before submitting. These are unique genres, and very different from generic nonfiction or standard poetry.

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 just a few days, but up to four months for other work.

We reserve the right to edit an author's bio to tailor it to our audience focus.

Further, we attempt to better show you what we like via our occasional newsletter. Simply check the box at the end of the submission category when you submit if you'd like to receive that.


Coming soon:  "Best Lyric Prose Plus" print anthology - Top selections from Issues 1 - 6

Remember to always send us your very best!

Best wishes and thank you for including us in your list of possible publication credits!
Eastern Iowa Review

WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the 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 labeled "cover letter."


What we seek:

  1. Lyric & hybrid essays up to 3,000 words. For flash pieces, send up to two with a total word count of 3,000 words or less, in the same document. 
  2. No reading fee. $10 for accepted work. Submit as many times as you wish, but only after you've heard back from us. As always, work must be smart, lyrical, family-friendly. You must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.
  3. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.

Reading period: December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. Please give us several months, and up to four months, to review and respond to your submission, though generally we hope to reply within two months.

WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the 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 labeled "cover letter."


What we seek:

  1. Prose poetry of any length. 
  2. No reading fee. $10 for accepted work. Submit as many times as you wish, but only after you've heard back from us. As always, work must be smart and family-friendly. You must have a Paypal account to accept payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.
  3. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.

Reading period: December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. Please give us up to four months to review and respond to your submission, though generally we hope to reply within two months.


NOTE: We consider "prose" poetry to be that which adheres to paragraph form rather than standard poetry forms. This is just our interpretation in an effort to distinguish prose poetry from other poetry forms.

Ends on February 28, 2019
  • Cover artwork for this Issue 8 online edition is welcome. No photography.
  • All artwork should satisfy general community standards of decency.
  • Submit up to 6 pieces at a time.
  • Something pretty or a little surreal is our favorite. Think "lyric essay" or "prose poetry."

BLIND SUBMISSIONS ONLY - Remove all identifying information from your manuscript and file name. The Title blank on Submittable should only contain the title of the work, NOT your name. Your name goes in the Cover Letter space, along with a brief bio.


WIDE AUDIENCE content only. That is, watch the swearing, sexual content, adult innuendo, coarse jokes, unnecessary violence, etc. Of course, anything containing abusive, misogynistic, racist, or other offensive or non-family-friendly content will be declined.


Please only submit one submission in one genre until you hear back from us in that genre, though you can submit material to several genres at the same time. Simultaneous submissions are fine. No reading fee.

  • Contemporary Mystery
  • Contemporary Spy
  • Contemporary Woods / Western / Mountain / Appalachian
  • Dark Fiction -- but no straight-up horror, please. Examples might include works such as Fahrenheit 451, The Road, Dracula, 1984, Animal Farm, The Handmaid's Tale, and such
  • Debut Author (two or fewer previous publishing credits, age 18 and over), any genre
  • Fan Fiction (video games, movies, books)
  • Literary Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Young Author (please submit in this category if you're 17 or younger), any genre


Up to 2000 words per story.


Query for longer works (2000+ words) with a short 50 word summary, AND the first 500 words of the story. Include total word count in summary. Use "Query for Longer Works" category on Submittable.

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Accepted authors must acknowledge publishing agreement. Some or all work may be included in a future anthology with no remuneration to author.


Unpublished work only. No reprints.


Selected work will appear online first day of a subsequent month.

Do remember, there's enough darkness and sadness in the world -- we want your GOOD SPACES. We are "a journal of good spaces."

Query for works over 2000 words. Include a short 50 word summary, AND the first 500 words of the story pasted into the COVER LETTER box here on Submittable. Include total word count as well.

We will either Accept or Decline your request to send a longer work. If accepted, you can send your file via another Submittable submission and it will go through the usual channels at that time. NO email entries.

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


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!


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.