1 Sept. – 15 Nov. submit for a women-identifying authors issue, Winter '16-'17.
"Women" issue does not require you write about being a woman. We're also reading general submissions for Spring/Summer '17.
☞ Seeking unpublished, amazing writing and images — seriously, we'd love to see more art, photos, diagrams, graphic narratives, &c.
☞ Our taste is best gauged by reading an issue or at least our archive. This is a journal of safety and danger. We want what we have never seen before. “I don’t have a lot of time. I can give a poem a couple of lines, a short story a paragraph, and a novel a few pages, then if I can stop reading without a sense of loss, I do, and I go on to something else.” —Flannery O’Connor
☞ Copyright stuff: Storm Cellar acquires first serial rights and nonexclusive, ongoing, electronic rights, per our guidelines. Serial rights revert to the author upon publication. Authors receive the print edition, the ebook, and a discount on further copies. Plus, we love you forever.
- We're looking for readers in (a) flash and fiction, (b) poetry. Volunteer positions, about 5 hours/week. [Don't submit in this category: see below.]
- We offer: collaboration with other lit heads; editorialesque experiences; megalomania/a positive "work environment"; possibly cookies(?).
- The position: reading unsolicited submissions and rendering a vote to decline, accept, or someone-else-should-read-this-maybe-they'll-like-it; meeting deadlines; participating to the extent you are able in social/promotional activities such as direct sales (required), consignment stocking, cafe clatches, AWP tables.
- You must: be familiar with Storm Cellar; have a well-developed aesthetic taste in prose or poetry; like writing different from what you've seen before; be ready to say something compact and informative about submissions within a short time; pass through a try-out period.
- Preference to those in the Philadelphia, Twin Cities, or South Bend (poetry only) areas.
- Slight preference to those of experiences unlike our managing editor's [huh?].
- EMAIL in one text document: your name, approximate location, and email address, the form (prose/poetry) you'd like to read for, a one-paragraph description of what you consider to be your qualifications, and a summary of your favorite item(s) from past issue(s), if any, including brief(!!) reasons why you like them. No résumés. stormcellar dot editor at gmail
- Open until filled or the end of September.
- Handy archive link.
Also, if you want, upload up to 20pp. of anything and we'll consider it for publication.
Yes, we can send the issue as a gift!
- Ebook arrives by email attachment (up to 10MB) from email@example.com.
- Artists choosing this option may email us a flickr/portfolio/WeTransfer/Google Docs/etc. link, instead of creating a single file for their submission.
* We're unlikely to print more than 20 pp. (6000 wd./600 ll.) of anything, but if you're convinced a longer (group of) work(s) is perfect for us, go ahead.
- Up to 20 pages, any medium, any style.
- Print edition interior is grayscale on uncoated paper, no more than 4.5"x7.5".
- Ebook images can be color & larger.
Though we like to see things different to what we've published so far, our only real criterion is whether we dig what you're laying down. We like, but by no means require, series or projects.
We can handle most file formats—if you must send "raw" camera files, email; it may be useful to note that the "view" we get in Submittable is about 800x800 pixels.
Friendly advice about file size: Whatever size/format you upload, we suggest having originals available at 300dpi/1800px wide minimum (we prefer at least 600dpi/3000px wide for covers), in a lossless format like .tiff, uncompressed .png, or .ai. However, if your originals are not so big, or .jpeg, that's fine — don't blow them up unless your Photoshop fu is strong.
Lyric(-al) and narrative(-ish) essay, memoir, and personal-ized history, genre-bending and form-blending: we're talking creative nonfiction. No academic studies, no lit crit. We may print your review or "review" of pretty much anything (including a Sweet Corn Festival or new talking toilet model), if it's funny or strange.
Things we've not seen enough: adventures, minority perspectives, formal invention, things from the Midwest, things outside the US, true weird crime, environmental disaster/success, mystery packages, black cats crossing your path under a ladder made of broken mirrors.
Things we've seen too much lately: cancer, addiction, break-ups, grandma cooking.
Interpret these suggestions as loosely as you see fit.
• Up to 4 flashes, 4,000 total words, one file.
"Flash" — what is this? Send us it.
• 1 fiction up to 4,000 words.
We like it hot, we like it cold, we like it hard and fast, we like it slow and gentle, we like it traditional,* we like it experimental.
We like it anonymous, don't care about a title page.
We like it 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
* Traditional: 1. not experimental; 2. ignorance, thanatos, octopodes, sex rites, standing stones, cavaliers, Cadillacs, photostats, rude boys, buried toys, gold fever, bone fever, war fever, baby fever, submarines, pipe dreams, cigarettes & rock music, sign vs. signifier, prairie fire, smugglers, insurance, kissing cousins, "here there be monsters," mafia dons, Amazons, apocalyptics, analytics, riding tigers, tiny islands, hackers, holograms, embezzlement, grafitti, hot zones, outer space….
• Up to 5 poems, 400 lines/15 pages total.
• All poems in one document, separated by page breaks.
We're open to anything. We like surprises.
Yes, we send gift subscriptions!
- Optional, free add-on: the ebook sent to your inbox.
- We publish 2-3 issues per year.
- Price includes shipping and a fee to Submittable.
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