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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."

 Please review a few of the lyric or hybrid essays we've published in the past to see teh quality we're seeking. Here's a link to Issue 6: http://www.portyonderpress.com/issue-6---2018.html

What we seek:

  1. Lyric & hybrid essays up to 2,000 words. For flash pieces, send up to three 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. You will also have an option to donate this small honorarium back to us, and we always appreciate that gesture.
  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: October 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. 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 use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.