Important changes: We can only receive 300 free submissions during the submission window so don't wait to the last minute to send us your work! After we reach 300, others will be asked to pay a $5 fee to submit. Because we have a narrow submission window, we are no longer accepting simultaneous submissions. Read guidelines below before submitting...
We're using Submittable to receive your poetry, creative nonfiction and photography, and our subscription there only allows for 300 free submissions. After 300 entries, submitters will be asked to pay a fee of $5.00. Submissions via email will not be accepted. Our Submittable link will go live and submissions can be made the first two-weeks of that month only.
Be sure you read the guidellnes below. We do not read submissions if it doesn't follow the guidelines. Also, we do not publish work from someone more than twice in one year. Sign up for our mailing list to receive notifications.
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Poetry & Creative Nonfiction (memoir, essays, blog post) Guidelines
We're looking to profile one photographer in each issue. Send us your work and, if selected, it will appear throughout an issue. And there will be a page dedicating to sharing with our readers who you are. Send 15-20 images -- NO WORDS/POETRY with the photos -- cropped at 4 x 6, 4 x 4 or 5 x 4, all at 200 dpi resolution through our Submittable site. All of your photographs do not have to fit the theme but we would like some to. And what makes the best submissions? Photos that are unique in lighting or angles. Show us what we may not otherwise see. Bring us into the moment of the subject. Photos of people aren't the best unless there is variety or extremely artistic and mood shifting. We have a diverse audience and would want photos of people to exhibit that as well. We're looking for photographs that tell a story. Visit previous issues to see what we mean.
As a start-up we are not able to pay contributors. All of the money we receive from subscribers goes directly to our technical maintenance (website, LucidPress, Submittable, etc. -- we do not get paid). Therefore we ask that you not share the link to the full journal once it's published (you may share the cover photo or link the website.
However, contributors do receive:
1) a free online issue in which their work appears,
2) one comp issue for a friends if they send us the email addresses (we won't contact them for any other reason),
3) listing on our website with a link to their website,
4) first dibs on our writing retreats, and
5) our deepest appreciation.
Please note, in order to allow us more time to read and respond to works we receive, the submission window will be two weeks (listed below in bold) instead of one month.
The submission dates & themes for each issue is below.
Spring, "flourish | hope," Jan. 1-15 (to be published in March)
Summer, "inside | out," April 1-15 (to be published in June)
Fall, "broken | whole," July 1-15 (to be published in Sept.)
Winter, "redemption | grace," Oct. 1-15 (to be published in Dec.)
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